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Profile: Anthony Armada

Caroline Purtell

Anthony Armada
Master of Hospital Administration/Master of Business Administration, 1988 President and CEO, Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network, Detroit

Fresh Start | Armada was born in the Philippines and moved to Northville, Mich., when he was a boy. “A family of eight moved out here with two suitcases each and $8,000,” he says.

Family Pressure | “My father was a doctor and my mother worked in a pharmacy. There was a lot of pressure from my family for me to become a physician. I didn’t have as much passion for being a physician as I did serving people and working with communities.”

Family Guidance | “I believe I had a good upbringing, faith-based in nature, that’s always been a guiding light to what we need to do in living our daily lives.”

A Changing Role | After graduating from Michigan State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, Armada worked the midnight shift as a medical technologist at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Mich., and began tackling business issues as well. The hospital president recommended he earn a master’s degree and enter hospital management.

Life After Xavier | After completing his degrees, Armada moved to Los Angeles where he spent 16 years working his way up to senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Metro Los Angeles service area. Among his accomplishments: an employee-satisfaction increase of 12 percent over two years; oversight and strategic direction for the $640 million rebuild of the entire Los Angeles Medical Center and construction of a new patient tower at a sister hospital.

Power of Pride | “I pride myself on having a passion to serve. You are dealing with a multitude of different constituents and they’re counting on your leadership to make a difference in their lives. I have a collaborative nature in getting different people and interests together to actually take action.”

New Challenges | In 2004, he began overseeing Henry Ford Hospital and its 24 ambulatory medical centers throughout southeast Michigan. “Because we are a medical center, we have a social responsibility to provide access to care and meet health care needs for the community. It’s a pretty daunting task. We have to be open 24 hours a day and they really entrust their lives to us.”

Using His Noodles | Armada recently participated in the hospital’s annual “Men Who Cook” competition, which raises money to provide health care for uninsured or underinsured patients. More than 70 chefs raised about $205,000 during the event. His Asian noodle dish, Eancit, took first prize.

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