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The Journal Gazette

  • Poore

  • Autry

  • Suter

  • Packnett

  • Dusman

  • Miles

Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00 am

Leaders backbone of Lutheran, Parkview

Journal Gazette

Northeast Indiana has a host of health care providers, but two of the most prominent based on hospitals, other locations and services are Lutheran Health Network and Parkview Health.

Here's a look at some of their top personnel, based on information the health systems provided:


Mike Poore

Moore is the regional president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network. Poore was appointed regional president and CEO of Lutheran Health Network in August 2017. During his nearly 30 years in hospital administration, Poore has developed strong leadership skills and a track record of success with a focus on operational excellence and enhancing employee, patient and physician satisfaction. He has extensive experience in key areas of focus for the network: quality improvement, service line development, physician recruitment and medical staff relations, and executive level leadership in integrated health systems.

Paula Autry

Autry is chief executive officer at Lutheran Hospital. Autry's first day as CEO of Lutheran Hospital was Nov. 6, 2017. Before arriving in Fort Wayne, she was CEO of Detroit Medical Center's Sinai-Grace Hospital, a full-service, community teaching hospital consisting of 404 licensed beds. Autry has 30 years of experience in the field. At Sinai-Grace, Autry worked with 700 physicians, 700 nurses and 1,700 support staff to improve quality, and employee and physician engagement.

Lorenzo Suter

Suter is chief executive officer atDupont Hospital.Suter became CEO in December 2017. He was previously chief operating officer of the 623-bed Baptist Medical Center in downtown San Antonio. He has also served in health care leadership positions in Berwyn, Illinois; Dothan, Alabama; Phenix City, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; and Bowling Green, Kentucky. At Baptist Medical Center, Suter oversaw about 1,300 employees.

Karen Fordham

Fordham is chief executive officer at St. Joseph Hospital. Fordham was introduced as CEO in January. She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in health care operations, many of which were spent at hospitals in her home state of Michigan. For much of the past decade, that experience has included administrative roles with the Detroit Medical Center system. Her tenure with DMC included serving as president and CEO of Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital

Brent Parsons

Parsons is chief executive officer at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Parsons was selected as CEO in January 2017. Previously, Parsons was an administrative specialist and then assistant CEO at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Part of his responsibility at Lutheran included strategic planning and overseeing numerous administrative functions at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, a 36-bed, freestanding inpatient facility.

Lorie Ailor

Ailor is chief administrative officer at The Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network. Ailor has a quarter century of experience in health care. Most of that time has been in leadership roles with Lutheran Health Network. Before becoming the chief administrative officer for the Orthopedic Hospital, she served in multiple positions at Lutheran Hospital including executive director of rehabilitation services, and executive director of the bariatric and weight management centers, respectively.

Ryan Cassedy

Cassedy is chief administrative officer at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne. Cassedy became the chief administrative officer at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne in January. He has more than 12 years of executive leadership experience in post-acute care settings. Much of that time has been in service of rehabilitation hospitals, but he also has experience in long-term acute care hospitals and with skilled nursing. Cassedy came to the Rehabilitation Hospital after serving in various CEO roles with national, post-acute companies.


Mike Packnett

Packnett joined Parkview Health as president and chief executive officer in June 2006. Before joining Parkview Health, Packnett served 15 years in several roles with the Sisters of Mercy Health System – St. Louis. Packnett serves on several boards throughout the region including the Indiana Hospital Association, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, the Indiana State Chamber, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., and the Allen County Capital Improvement Board.

Ray Dusman

Dusman, a physician, joined Parkview Health in 1989 (Parkview Physician Group Cardiology, formerly Fort Wayne Cardiology) and in 2009, was named chief physician executive for the system. Dusman now also serves as the executive vice president and a member of the Parkview Health Board of Directors. He provides oversight for health system safety and quality, clinical integration/health care delivery, population health management, cardiovascular services and research.

Ben Miles

Miles was named president of Parkview Regional Medical Center & Affiliates in 2015. He joined Parkview in 2012 as vice president of operations for Parkview Hospital Randallia and served as COO of PRMC in 2014. Before joining Parkview, Miles was CEO of Select Specialty Hospital – Downriver in Taylor, Michigan. He also was a leader with St. John Providence Health System for 11 years.

Scott Gabriel

Gabriel joined Parkview Health as president of Parkview Whitley Hospital in 2010. Before joining Parkview, Gabriel was vice president of operations for Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru, Indiana.

Juli Johnson

Johnson began serving as president of Parkview Huntington Hospital in 2014. Johnson has more than 19 years of experience in health care, all in Huntington County. She has served in many leadership and clinical positions with Parkview Huntington Hospital, including house supervisor, inpatient manager and, most recently, vice president of Patient Care Services.

Marilyn Custer-Mitchell

Marilyn Custer-Mitchell joined Parkview Health as president of Parkview Wabash Hospital in 2015. She previously was president and CEO of Wabash County Hospital for more than seven years. Custer-Mitchell has more than 25 years of experience in health care, serving in leadership roles at hospitals in New York, Kentucky and Indiana.

Gary Adkins

Adkins joined Parkview Health as president of Parkview Noble Hospital in 2014. Prior to joining Parkview, Adkins served as chief executive officer of Pauling County Hospital, Ohio, for nearly 13 years. Adkins has nearly 20 years of executive experience in healthcare, also serving as chief financial officer in a previous role.