Denise Brooks-Williams

Executive VP & CEO, Care Delivery Operations
Henry Ford Health System

Denise Brooks-Williams is a seasoned healthcare executive with 30 years of healthcare experience. With a passion for work focused on equity and eliminating health disparities, Denise’s career reflects a demonstrated record of leading successful transformation initiatives and optimizing fiscal management processes in complex business environments. Brooks-Williams brings deep corporate governance experience through her work with corporate boards, including audit and finance committees. She is a committed servant leader and participates in several philanthropic organizations, at both the community and national levels. Brooks-Williams is the immediate past chair of the University of Michigan Health Management and Policy Alumni Association. She is a board member and treasurer for Authority Health and further involvement includes the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority.

Brooks-Williams joined the W.K. Kellogg Foundation board of trustees in October 2023 and in 2020, was elected to the board of Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. (B3NL): an internally managed REIT that acquires, owns, and manages primarily single-tenant commercial real estate properties in two countries. In 2012, Brooks-Williams joined the board of directors at the Michigan School and Government Credit Union, where she served as board secretary. At the height of the COVID crisis in the state of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed her to serve on the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.

In addition to her extensive public service, she is actively engaged in promoting growth and diversity in the health care professions. She serves on the boards for Authority Health Board, Detroit Institute of the Arts, New Detroit, Teach for America and the National Association of Health Service Executives. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a board member of the Institute of Diversity and a past delegate to Regional Policy Board 5 of the American Hospital Association’s Section for Health Care Systems.

Brooks-Williams was appointed executive vice president and chief executive officer of care delivery system operations at Henry Ford Health. In her capacity, she serves a growing customer base across Michigan. Market operations generates over $5 billion in revenue, manages over 430,000 ER visits, nearly 75,000 surgical procedures. In addition to current stewardship of market strategy and hospital operations, provides system-wide leadership over other key and significant areas including ambulatory operations, surgical services, service lines, and emergency departments to drive growth, integration, and efficiency across the care delivery system. While overseeing just over 21,000 team members, 5 hospitals and 250 care sites, she and her executive leadership team concentrating on growth and overall market performance and operations.

In her prior role as senior vice president and chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health’s North Market, she was responsible for driving revenue, growth, and overall market performance by partnering with both hospital executives, as well as other clinical and non clinical leaders, to identify opportunities for service expansion and consumer experience improvements across sites.

Brooks-Williams is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health services administration.