Paula Autry, FACHE

Senior Vice President and CEO
Central Market

Paula Autry is the Senior Vice President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System’s Central Market and is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Allegiance Health, providing strategic leadership and direction over the entire clinical and financial enterprise of Henry Ford Allegiance Health and Henry Ford Health System’s Central Market, which encompasses a seven-county region in South Central Michigan. 

Henry Ford Allegiance Health is a 475-bed health system compromised of more than 40 facilities that serve the residents of seven counties in south central Michigan. The system provides primary, secondary and tertiary care for acute and long-term care needs. Henry Ford Allegiance Health is a teaching hospital and also a Level II Trauma Center.  

Before joining Henry Ford Health System in 2019, Autry was CEO of Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, whose areas of specialized care include heart and kidney transplant programs, an accredited bariatric surgery program, Level II verified adult and pediatric trauma centers, an accredited and commended cancer care program and a Comprehensive Stroke Certified center. 

From 2014 to 2017, Autry served as CEO of the Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, where she was also the market leader the Oncology and Women and Infants service lines. During her tenure, Sinai-Grace rose from the bottom quartile to the top quartile of performance within Tenet Health System. Autry’s early career includes executive leadership roles with Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Bon Secours Richmond.

Originally from Baton Rouge, Autry received a Bachelor of Science in pre-medicine from the University of Notre Dame before earning both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Hospital Administration from Tulane University.  

Autry has served on multiple boards including the American College of Healthcare Executives Board of Governors and the American Hospital Association’s Policy Board. Among her numerous honors are inclusion in Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives.

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