Michael Focht, Sr.



Michael Focht serves as the Chairman of Digital Health Strategies’ Advisory Board and brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience to the firm.


Most recently, Mr. Focht served as President of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC), one of the country’s largest publicly traded healthcare corporations. He also served as the company’s Executive Vice Chairman and was a member of the Board of Directors beginning in 1993. He is “viewed by many as an elder statesman in the healthcare industry” and one of the industry’s top ten leaders over the past several decades.


Focht was the leading architect of Tenet’s highly successful growth strategy, overseeing virtually every aspect of its hospital operations. Over the course of 20 years, he and his team expanded Tenet from 35 hospitals to 129 hospitals and grew the company’s core revenues by 600% from $2 Billion to $14 Billion.


During his career, he was instrumental in forging numerous relationships between Tenet and leading academic medical centers including the Cleveland Clinic, Drexel University, the University of Southern California, Saint Louis University, Creighton University, and Louisiana State University.


Focht has also held leadership positions with several national health care industry groups. Focht has served on the governing board of the Federation of American Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, and the American Academy of Medical Administrators. He is also a past member of the Healthcare Leadership Council, which is a coalition of chief executives from America’s largest healthcare companies including Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, Mayo Clinic, Walgreens, and Eli Lilly.


Since his retirement in 2003, Focht and his wife Sandra have been active philanthropists. They established the Focht Family Foundation, which has supported the YMCA, Doorways for Women and Children, the Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, St. Jude Scottish Rite Hospital, the Promise House for Teens, and Daysprings Homes.