Governor Granholm convenes a Healthcare Stabilization Taskforce, a group that eventually comprises more than 90 stakeholders. They were tasked with studying the local healthcare crisis and issuing a report with recommendations.
Taskforce issued its report: Strengthening the Safety Net for Detroit & Wayne County; which included the recommendation to form a health authority for the purpose of preserving the healthcare safety net.
Interlocal agreement is signed, by the Detroit City Council, the Wayne County Commission and the of State of Michigan Department of Community Health and officially approve the Interlocal Agreement; thus creating the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority.
A 9-member board is appointed to govern the Health Authority.
Executive Director/CEO is appointed along with two 25-member advisory Committees.
Hiring of Detroit Wayne County Health Authority staff completed. First strategic work plan developed and approved by the Board of Directors.
Authority Health Leadership
Loretta V. Bush
President and Chief Executive Officer
Loretta V. Bush has been a leader in the health and human services field for more than 35 years. She has demonstrated her commitment to access to health services for underserved populations, first as the public health officer for the City of Detroit and Wayne County, then as president and CEO of the Michigan Primary Care Association. She has served in key leadership roles overseeing the administration of primary care, behavioral health and dental services; a school-based health center; community-based health promotion programs and home visiting initiatives.
As the president and CEO of Authority Health, Loretta is shaping the organization’s strategic vision through the delivery of primary care at the neighborhood level while creating partnerships for physician residency training in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry. As the CEO of Authority Health, she oversees the second largest Graduate Medical Education program in the nation.
Loretta Bush received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s in health services administration from Central Michigan University. She is a proud member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Janette Davis has enjoyed a 15-year career as chief financial officer/vice president at Authority Health. She works closely with the president/CEO and board of directors in developing and implementing the financial goals and objectives of the organization, whose mission is to coordinate efforts to improve population health by assuring access to health care. In her first five years, she achieved outstanding revenue growth to just under $10M and boasts a long track record of obtaining clean/unmodified financial and federal single audits. In a competitive real-estate market, Janette has achieved unparalleled market rates.
Janette has held many leadership positions over her career, including vice president/chief financial officer of Greater Detroit Area Health Council, where her negotiating skills resulted in several hundred thousand dollars in indirect revenue and a 20 percent reduction in operating expenses while stabilizing base operating revenue with $500K in savings on an operating lease.
Janette holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a bachelor’s in organization development and management/human resources from Spring Arbor University.
Vice President of Public Affairs
A public relations professional for more than 30 years, Dennis Archambault is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and has received International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill and Silver Quill awards, among other honors. Archambault has served as president of the Michigan Hospital Public Relations Association and has received the City of Detroit Fire Department Community Relations Award and the President’s Award from the Downriver Delta Community Development Corporation.
Dennis holds an undergraduate degree in English from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in advertising and public relations from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Authority Health, he was director of marketing communications for Midwest Eye-Banks, director of community relations for the Detroit Medical Center, director of marketing and public relations at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, and manager of marketing communications at St. Joseph Hospital-Flint (Genesys Health System).
He has served on several boards and community organizations, including two terms as president of the Detroit AM Rotary Club; also as treasurer of the Brush Park Development Corporation and as a board member for Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit and the Michigan Universal Health Care Network.
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Patricia White is a native Detroiter and 26-year veteran of the health care industry. Patricia has served in key leadership roles with St. John Health System, Trinity Health, Bronson Health Care, Select Medical Corporation and Henry Ford Health System.
In her current role as vice president of clinical operations for Authority Health, Patricia is charged with the growth, expansion and improvement of the clinical service offerings of Authority Health. Community engagement, patient satisfaction and volume have improved under her leadership.
A 2018 Michigan Chronicle Woman of Excellence honoree, Patricia is passionate about community service. She currently serves as a Women of Tomorrow Mentor at her alma mater, Cass Technical High School, is an Advantage Health Centers board member and is the vice-chair of the Detroit Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program foundation board (MOTTEP).
Patricia holds an MBA from Wayne State University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a proud member of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and past president of the Detroit chapter.