Paula Autry has been named chief executive officer of Lutheran Hospital. She has 30 years of experience in healthcare. Autry previously served as CEO of Detroit Medical Center’s SinaiGrace Hospital. While there, she worked with 700 physicians, 700 nurses and 1,700 support staff to improve quality, and employee and physician engagement – the latter score rising by 173 percent.
A highlight of her numerous achievements and honors is Autry’s selection by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare in 2010. She has been actively involved throughout her career on the local and national level including an appointment to the board of governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, membership on the American Hospital Association policy board and the Michigan Opera Theatre board.
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.
Autry graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in pre-medicine. She received master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from Tulane University in New Orleans.