Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer of Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, Audrey Pennington is responsible for ensuring the efficiency and excellence of the organization’s integrated model of health care, child welfare and community wellness services.
In addition to working with the President & CEO to advance Aunt Martha’s mission, vision, core values and strategic priorities, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of more than 30 locations, including 23 community health centers, and over 800 employees. Aunt Martha’s operations generate more than $70 million annually, reaching nearly 70,000 patients and clients from over 650 communities across Illinois.
With close to 30 years of health care, finance, and executive experience, Audrey’s role at Aunt Martha’s has continued to evolve to meet the leadership demands of a tightly integrated organization and the increasingly complex needs of its patients, clients, partners and employees. She coordinates the leadership teams of the agency’s three operating groups, including direct oversight of all health care services, supporting operational and clinical excellence, and fostering strong working relationships across all levels of the organization as well as with key partners.
She is at the forefront of the movement to promote a value-based, integrated model of services that cares for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. She has played an integral role in the use of technology to advance the accessibility, integration and quality of care. Her commitment to quality and total dedication to caring for the underserved is part and parcel of the culture of teamwork and accountability that drives Aunt Martha’s forward.
Audrey originally joined Aunt Martha’s in 2001 as Controller, and has held several senior administrative positions, including Executive Vice President of Health Services, Interim-Chief Financial Officer and Director of Health Finance.
Audrey is on the University of Chicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital’s inaugural Community Advisory Council (CAC) and active in a number of professional and community organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.