Donna Wellington

COO- Behavioural Health Service- Henry Ford Health System | Board Member, Centre for Executive and Professional Education Management, Odette School of Business, Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital

As COO, Donna leads the transformation of Behavioral Health Services into a comprehensive, integrated, high-reliability, high quality provider of behavioral health services for the system.

Donna has extensive experience in both the inpatient & outpatient settings at Henry Ford Health System, having served as VP of Operations at Henry Ford Hospital, Senior Site Administrator for New Center One, product line administrator for Women’s Health, Dermatology, & Genetics for HFMG, and Nurse Administrator for Neurosciences, Maternal Child, NICU & Minimally Invasive Surgery at HFH.

As Vice President of Henry Ford Hospital Operations, Donna was responsible for coordinating, integrating and implementing all aspects of the continuum of care from admission to discharge including budgeting, regulatory compliance, process design and staffing. She led the Admission Transfer Management Office, Case Management, Housekeeping, Spiritual Care, Denials/Appeals and Utilization Review for Henry Ford Hospital. 

From her start as a Diabetic Teaching Nurse in Internal Medicine to her position today as Vice President of Hospital Operations, Donna has served in a diverse range of positions throughout the Henry Ford Health System since 1996, in both inpatient and outpatient services. Past positions include Administrator for the Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Urology for the Henry Ford Medical Group; Senior Site Administrator for one of the System’s urban satellites, while also serving as Senior Administrator for Genetics, Women’s Health and Dermatology. Early in her career, Donna served as the Nurse Administrator for Neuroscience and Maternal/Child inpatient units and the Minimally Invasive Surgical Unit at Henry Ford Hospital. 

Donna holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Windsor. She has participated in numerous nursing and leadership committees throughout her tenure and currently serves on various Henry Ford Health System Committees and as Faculty for the Physician Leadership Academy.

In addition, Donna was a member of the Board of Directors for Windsor Regional Hospital for 9 years and served on their Quality and Human Resources committees. She continues to be an active member of the Management Advisory Board for the Centre for Executive and Professional Education Management at the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor. Most recently she participated on the search for the new Dean of the Odette School of Business, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Windsor.


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