Wright Lassiter III, MHA

Chief Executive Officer

After a nationwide search, CommonSpirit Health announced today that Wright L. Lassiter III will succeed Lloyd H. Dean as its next CEO starting on Aug. 1.
“Humankindness is at the heart of our ministry and a powerful reminder that we all hold the power to heal. At the center of humankindness are our people who play a vital role in helping fulfill our promise to lead and transform health care to meet the evolving needs of our communities and patients.”
Wright Lassiter III, Chief Executive Officer


As CommonSpirit's CEO, Wright leads one of the country’s largest and most diverse health care organizations, with an expansive network of over 2,200 care sites across 24 states. A seasoned health care executive, Wright brings 30+ years of leadership experience working in large, complex health systems, most recently at Henry Ford Health in Detroit, Michigan, where he led the system through the COVID-19 pandemic and two successful mergers, significantly expanding its footprint and growing revenue. Wright has regularly been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and has been named to the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare,” “Crain’s Detroit Business’ Newsmakers of the Year” and HealthLeaders Media’s “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” lists.

Wright is an avid servant leader and community advocate, and a strong voice for improving health care. As the immediate past chair of the American Hospital Association and a former chair of America's Essential Hospitals, Wright continues to actively advance the priorities of hospitals across the country, helping ensure their needs are represented and addressed effectively. Originally from Tuskegee, Alabama, Wright received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University, and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from Le Moyne, a Jesuit college in upstate New York.