Dr. Larry Fleischmann, M.D., will be remembered and missed by everyone at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Not only did Dr. Fleischmann embody the selfless and caring attributes of a physician, he genuinely lived to improve the health and well-being of all children.
Dr. Fleischmann made an indelible mark on the history of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in pediatric specialty care and continued to make a lasting impact on the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, our community, and beyond. Dr. Fleischmann was not only a pediatric nephrologist and researcher, former nephrology chief, past Children’s Hospital of Michigan President, and past Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation President; he was a pioneer in pediatric medicine.
Over the years, Dr. Fleischmann continued to prove his commitment to supporting the health of Detroit children. For example, when the Foundation needed to name an interim CEO, he assumed the role without hesitation not once — but twice. Considering he had already held numerous positions at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan including Division Chief for Nephrology and Hospital President, Dr. Fleischmann could have easily stepped back and said, “No, I’m not interested,” but that was not his style. Later, when the Foundation needed someone to lead one of its most influential committees, he could have again stepped back, but instead raised his hand to chair the Grants and Compliance Committee. Thanks to his influence, the Foundation has refined its grant funding process, holding true to donor intent and striving to meet the ever-changing needs of our community’s children. His leadership as a trustee, interim president and advisor helped the Foundation help Michigan children in a meaningful way.
Larry Fleischmann relentlessly and selflessly went above and beyond to ensure that the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation remained committed to its mission of providing children more days to play, nights to dream and time to just be kids.