The Nemours Children’s Health System Board of Directors recently announced the election of Robert G. Riney as its chair.
Nemours, a nonprofit pediatric health system, was established as the Nemours Foundation in 1936 by Alfred I. du Pont. Today, as a full-fledged children’s healthcare system, it offers quality and affordable health care access to millions of children and families across five states.
Riney has served on the board of Nemours since 2006 and is most known for his long and distinguished career with the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). He is the current president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer (COO) of HFHS, overseeing all hospital and service operations for six hospitals, more than 60 clinics and 30,000 employees. While he had been an executive vice president and COO of HFHS since 2003, he was appointed president of healthcare operations in early 2017.
Riney first joined HFHS right out of college in 1978 after graduating from Wayne State University. He would go on to work in almost every unit of the company over the next decades, having advanced to numerous leadership positions in addition to his current titles.
He served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer, senior vice president and chief human resources officer and vice president of organizational design and effectiveness. This deep and varied experience in almost all aspects of healthcare has given Riney a knowledge base and skillset conducive to leading a comprehensive healthcare system such as Nemours.
“Bob Riney possesses a remarkable combination of vast healthcare expertise and accomplishment in addition to superb leadership abilities,” stated Larry Moss, MD, president and CEO of Nemours in a media release about election. “In the short time we have worked together, I have come to respect him immensely, and I look forward with great enthusiasm as Bob and his board colleagues collaborate with Nemours senior leaders and me to create the future of this very special organization.”
Also active outside of his HFHS career, Riney is the current vice chair of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership as well as a board member and former chair of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. Additionally, he sits on the boards of the Detroit Zoological Society and the Hudson-Webber Foundation.
Riney succeeds 13-year board member, Brian Anderson, who has served as chair for the last three years.