Detroit Wayne County Health Authority Appoints First Executive Director

Jan 19, 2005, 00:00 ET from Detroit Wayne County Health Authority

    DETROIT, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Chris Allen, a long-time health care and
 hospital administrator in southeast Michigan, has been named the first
 executive director by the Board of Directors of the Detroit Wayne County
 Health Authority.
     The newly-created Health Authority, a collaborative effort between the
 City of Detroit, County of Wayne, State of Michigan, health providers and
 community members, aims to improve access to health care for more than 700,000
 uninsured and underinsured residents of Detroit and Wayne County.
     The announcement was made at a press conference held today at the Wayne
 County Building in Detroit.
     Allen, a community leader and lifelong resident of southeastern Michigan,
 will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Health Authority as well as
 leading strategic planning, fund development, financial management and
 community relations.
     "We are delighted to have Chris on board," said Health Authority board
 chairman Gail L. Warden.  "His track record shows more than 25 years of
 leadership and accountability.  His experience ranges from administration to
 community partnership and from fiscal operations to program development for
 prevention, primary care and chronic disease."
     Allen has been leading the nationally-recognized program Family Road in
 Detroit, which provides prevention and health education services to more than
 184,000 individuals and families to date at its five sites.  Before leading
 the Family Road, Allen served as executive vice president and chief executive
 officer of Hutzel Hospital from 1991 to 1995, and was vice president for
 management services at the Detroit Medical Center from 1989 to 1991.
     Allen received his master's degree in health services administration from
 the University of Michigan in 1980 and a bachelor's degree from Wayne State
     Allen is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and
 has held offices on numerous local, regional, and national boards including
 the American Red Cross, Catholic Health Association, National Arthritis
 Foundation, and others.  He is married and has two children.  Allen resides in
 the city of Detroit.
     The Health Authority board of directors has also selected and appointed
 the members of two 25-member Advisory committees that will oversee the
 direction of the Authority and provide community input into the process.
 These committees are scheduled to meet for the first time February 1-2.
     Created in 2004, the Health Authority is forging a new path to better
 health for the residents of Detroit and Wayne County.  Over $1.7 million in
 public and private dollars has been secured to get the Health Authority up and

SOURCE Detroit Wayne County Health Authority