Lutheran Health Network expands leadership team

Lutheran Health Network has expanded its leadership team, appointing two executives to new network-level positions effective March 18.

Mark Medley will become LHN’s market chief executive officer. In this new role, Medley will work closely with hospital executives across the network to execute operational strategies that expand and strengthen Lutheran’s portfolio and service offerings, and create a more unified approach to the delivery of healthcare.

Natalie Seaber, RN, will become LHN’s market chief nursing officer. Seaber will be responsible for coordinating clinical initiatives across the network and leading programs designed to continuously elevate quality metrics and enhance the patient experience.

“Mark has a track record of producing strong operational and financial results within complex healthcare environments and understands how to optimize healthcare systems in a time of dynamic changes for our industry,” Mike Poore, LHN regional president, said in a statement. “Natalie has a deep knowledge of clinical operations and a strong background in nursing and quality improvement. We are pleased to welcome them to the LHN family and the communities we serve. We look forward to their leadership.”

Most recently, Medley served as strategic counsel to healthcare systems and healthcare investors as the president and CEO for Alee Healthcare Advisory Services. Seaber joins LHN from Tenet Healthcare, where she served as senior director of performance excellence.

Lutheran Health Network also announced that in preparation for the new hospital it will build in downtown Fort Wayne, Paula Autry will transition from Lutheran Hospital to the role of CEO of St. Joseph Hospital, effective April 1. Autry’s move to St. Joseph positions an established Lutheran executive to manage current operations of the hospital, while also enabling hands-on engagement in the design and construction phases for the new facility, which will help ensure operational readiness and continuity when it opens in late 2021.

A national search for a new CEO of Lutheran Hospital will begin immediately and an interim CEO will be appointed before Autry’s transfer to St. Joseph Hospital. Poore will continue in his role as regional president.