PNC Bank Voices of Achievement: February
This month PNC Bank Voices of Achievement and KMOX are proud to recognize Lauri Tanner, President & CEO of Ranken Jordan. Voices of Achievement is brought to you exclusively by PNC Bank – for the achiever in us all.
About Lauri Tanner
Laureen “Lauri” Tanner lives up to the philosophy of making a difference as she empowers the lives of children in our community and across the nation.
Lauri serves as president and CEO of Ranken Jordan – A Pediatric Specialty Hospital, one of only a few specialty pediatric rehabilitation hospitals in the country that cares for the sickest and most severely injured children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. Lauri’s nursing background has served her well in her current position. Lauri has earned two degrees from the Saint Louis University School of Nursing. Lauri received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1982 and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration in 1996 from Saint Louis University.
Children who suffer from serious ailments such as brain injuries or complications due to premature birth come to Ranken Jordan after other hospitals have done all they can for them. Even when further recovery seems impossible, Ranken Jordan’s premier national pediatric care model, Care Beyond the Bedside, specially designed facility and dedicated professional staff are able to help more than 300 children each year make amazing new strides in healing.
Lauri genuinely cares for her patients and their family members and is continuously encouraging them and giving them reason to hope in seemingly hopeless situations. On occasion, you can find Lauri trading in her suit for scrubs and taking on the role of staff nurse. By combining the clinical side of her training with her business skills, she affirms “it’s the best way to stay in touch with patients’ needs.”
Lauri goes above and beyond her job description and draws on her many relationships with community organizations to further impact the lives of the children at Ranken Jordan. For example, her close ties with the Maryland Heights Police Department resulted in an official escort of Santa Claus, along with his elves, to deliver gifts and joy to patients not able to travel home during Christmas. Instances like this are an everyday occurrence.
Lauri’s passion for children continues in various capacities. Lauri was recently selected as a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Saint Louis University School of Nursing. Other active memberships include the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association; Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; Missouri Hospital Association – Finance & Budget Committee, American Hospital Association and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions(NACHRI).
Offering her expertise in leadership and fund-raising, Lauri served as a board member of the Community Health-In-Partnership Services, a non-profit organization that provides healthcare and social services for the uninsured and underinsured. She also served multiple terms on the board of directors for the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, where she spearheaded the philanthropic sub-committee. With Lauri’s assistance, the sub-committee selected candidates to annually receive ten $2,000 scholarships to continue their college education. To broaden her professional growth and community awareness, Lauri participated in the 2006-2007 Leadership St. Louis class.
Since 2003, Missouri governors annually have selected Lauri to be a speaker, facilitator and mentor at the Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values. Her strong commitment to her faith and children give her the vigor to share her experiences and help future leaders in our community and across the region gain a better understanding of the political system, leadership responsibilities, poverty, faith and values. She holds each student close to her heart and still remains a mentor to many today.
In 2005, Lauri received Chanel’s Women of Influence Award. In 2010, Lauri was awarded the Saint Louis University School of Nursing Alumni Merit Award. She is one of three executives nominated for Saint Louis Magazine’s 2011 Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award. In 2012, Lauri has received the Metro Theater Company’s Character of Courage Award.
In her spare time, she still manages to be an avid cheerleader and fundraiser for her son’s high school lacrosse team.
Lauri’s passion and dedication to children make a big difference in our community. Her example daily stands as an inspiration for others.
LISTEN: Lauri Tanner joins KMOX’s Debbie Monterrey and PNC Bank Regional President Rick Sems to chat about her achievements.
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