DETROIT — Mr. Bob Riney, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer with Henry Ford Health System, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Great Lakes Field Service Council.
Mr. Riney said good leaders don’t get to where they are on their own. He said he was fortunate as a child to have caring adults who mentored him and gave him the tools he needed to succeed.
“The reality is that we live in a time when our youth are continually faced with negative influences,” Riney said. “The Boy Scouts is an organization dedicated to ensuring that all youth have the opportunity to make the right decisions based on the morals and values they learn through Scouting.
“The leadership and life skills Scouting teaches really create a foundation for success.”
Mr. Riney received the award during a dinner on June 22 at Henry Ford Museum’s Lovett Hall. He was selected for his commitment to youth in the Detroit area and his impact on Scouting, said Vic Pooler, Scout Executive with the Great Lakes Field Service Council which serves more than 25,000 youth in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.
“Bob’s dedication to youth in Detroit and surrounding communities has positively impacted many lives which has created positive outcomes for those boys and girls who face numerous challenges on a daily basis,” Pooler said. “Bob is the type of leader who knows how to get things done in a quiet, yet effective way, and we are very pleased to be able to honor him with this award.”
Previous DCD recipients include Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan and Dave Bing, retired professional basketball player and former mayor of Detroit.
Mr. Riney was appointed EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Henry Ford Health System in 2003 and President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer in 2017.
In this role, he oversees all hospital and service operations for the six-hospital health system consisting of more than 60 clinical locations, 30,000 employees and annual revenues of $6 billion. In addition, he is responsible for Corporate Information Technology, Corporate Facilities & Security, International Strategies, the Henry Ford Innovation Institute and the System Chief Nursing Office.
Mr. Riney, a graduate of Wayne State University, joined Henry Ford Health System in 1978. His current board and community roles include: board member, Nemours Foundation – one of the country’s largest foundations; vice chair, National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL); chair, Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA); board member, Detroit Zoological Society; board member, M1 Rail Transit Authority; board member, The Parade Company; and, board member, Hudson-Webber Foundation.