MHA Honors Tanner For Visionary Leadership

November 6, 2017
Laureen K. Tanner, R.N., MSN, FACHE, President and CEO of Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, was honored by the Missouri Hospital Association for her contributions to improving the health of their communities. The award was presented on Thursday, Nov. 2, during the Installation and Recognition Banquet at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.

Tanner has been a driving force in expanding access to and improving care for children with medical complexities. During her more than 17 years as CEO, she has reimagined the former skilled-nursing facility into a one-of-a-kind sub-acute care pediatric hospital, creating the “bridge hospital” model along the way.

“For nearly two decades, Lauri has been the driving force for the hospital,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA President and CEO. “Along the way, she’s created a one-of-a-kind institution while co-developing the model of care for medically complex children,"

Tanner co-developed the model of care, “Care Beyond the Bedside,” designed to get the hospital’s young patients out of their beds for 70 percent of their waking hours. The hospital’s caregivers engage the children in physical, occupational, warm water aquatic, speech and recreational therapy while engaging them in art, music and horticulture.

Tanner joined Ranken Jordan in 1998 as chief operating officer. In 2001, she was selected to serve as president and CEO. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing and has more than three decades of nursing experience — including 31 years in nursing leadership.