Denise Brooks Williams is the CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. A native of Michigan, she received her bachelors and masters degrees in health services administration from the University of Michigan before starting her career as a management fellow at Mercy Hospital in Detroit.
She has been active in numerous professional groups including serving as president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), one of the premier minority health professional organizations in the United States and is the immediate past President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Health Care Executives (MCACHE).
In 2013, Brooks-Williams became president and CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. This 401-bed acute care hospital serves the Downriver region and surrounding communities of southeast Michigan with approximately 2,400 employees, 600 medical staff members, including Henry Ford Health Center-Brownstown outpatient facility and physician practices. Under her leadership, Henry Ford Wyandotte has received numerous quality and patient satisfaction awards such as Healthgrade’s America’s 100 Best Hospital 3 years in a row, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Hospital and recipient of the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award.
Brooks-Williams is active in several community and charitable based organizations including the Chair of the University of Michigan Health Management and Policy Alumni Association and the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Executive Committee. Brooks-Williams serves as a board member for New Detroit, Spectrum Human Services and Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA) through the Detroit Institute of Arts. Brooks-Williams is actively engaged in the promotion of growth and diversity in the health care profession and serves on the board of Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI) and is a past Delegate to The Region 5 Policy Board of the American Hospital Association’s Section for Health Care Systems. In 2013, Brooks-Williams was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder (MI) to the Certificate of Need Commission.
In 2017, Denise was awarded the President’s Award from NAHSE for outstanding leadership, commitment and service to the organization. In 2016, Brooks-Williams named one of Crain’s Top 100 Most Influential Women and was named as a Role Model for Alternatives for Girls, an organization that helps homeless and at-risk girls avoid violence and pregnancy by providing resources and opportunities to make positive choices. Among Brooks-Williams’ honors are receiving the University of Michigan’s Five Under Ten alumni award for civic and professional service. At its 2004 educational conference, NAHSE presented her the Young Health Care Executive of the Year Award. She was included in the ‘Who’s Who’ in Black Detroit magazine, and awarded the Early Careerist Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The Michigan Chronicle selected her as a winner of the 2010 Women of Excellence Award. In April 2010, she was named one of the ‘Top 25 Minority Executives in Health Care’ by Modern Healthcare magazine.