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Monday, October 02, 2017 3:16 pm

Lutheran names new hospital CEO

The Journal Gazette

Paula Autry has been named Lutheran Hospital's chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network has announced.

Autry has been serving as chief executive of Detroit Medical Center's Sinai-Grace Hospital, a full-service, community teaching hospital with 404 licensed beds, the network said in a statement.

“What continues to stand out to me is her desire to break the mold when it comes to assessing all challenges, big and small,” said nephrologist John Ducker, medical staff president, Lutheran Hospital, in the statement. “That ability to inspire others to find new solutions is going to resonate with this community.”

Prior to her time in Michigan, Autry held leadership positions at hospitals in Mobile, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Richmond, Virginia; and Columbus, Ohio. She also worked at academic institutions in Columbus and Atlanta as a professor and administrator, respectively.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Paula’s experience and qualifications join our team,” said Mike Poore, regional president and CEO, Lutheran Health Network, in the statement. “She shares our unwavering commitment for our hospital and network to reach their fullest potential.”

Autry graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in pre-medicine in 1984. She received master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1986.

“I believe it is an exciting time to be a part of Fort Wayne as it continues to develop and become a more progressive community while maintaining its reputation as a great place for families,” Autry said in the statement. “Lutheran has a long legacy of providing excellent care with a commitment to the region. I am excited to be a part of Lutheran's continued growth and its focus on service and quality.”

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