DETROIT, MICH. – The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) has elected a new Chair of the NKFM Board of Directors: David F. Shepherd, President and CEO of Community Care Services at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). Shepherd joined the volunteer Board in 2015. In 2018, he became a finance committee member while also serving as vice chair. He will preside over his first Board meeting in September 2020. He succeeds John Magee, MD, from Michigan Medicine, who served as Chair for the past two years.
“For many years, David Shepherd has been a close friend, generous supporter and a transformational partner to the NKFM. His expertise in the kidney community and his understanding of prevention and health care will be invaluable as we navigate into a future changed by the pandemic,” states NKFM President and CEO, Linda Smith-Wheelock.
In his current position at HFHS since March 2019, Shepherd leads the division that includes home health care programs, hospice care, pharmacy and retail services. Shepherd had served in this role as interim since June 2018. During his interim period, Shepherd continued to steward growth and performance for the division, also managing numerous joint ventures and relationships, including the health system’s support of community PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), an alternative to traditional nursing home care for frail, elderly individuals.
Prior to becoming the interim CEO, Shepherd was vice president of HFHS’ kidney dialysis division, Greenfield Health Systems. Having a solid background in business and partnership development, he established and administered a full scope of operations for more than ten community joint ventures across four states. Shepherd is an active member in the Renal Physicians Association and National Renal Administrators Association. He is also an accomplished speaker and presenter for national forums on dialysis; has served on both public and private committees; and has held national advisory positions.
“David has a wealth of experience in business development and a solid commitment to building partnerships,” said Robert G. Riney, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Henry Ford Health System.
Shepherd received his MBA degree from Northwood University in Midland. He lives in West Bloomfield with his wife Julie and their family.