About Us

The St. Louis Health Leaders Forum is an initiative of the St. Louis Regional Chamber as part of its economic development strategy. Through the Health Leaders Forum, the Regional Chamber seeks to drive economic growth by

  • Identifying strengths and gaps in each sector and across sectors
  • Rallying leadership and resources
  • Expanding relationships by creating a holistic network of industry professionals in ancillary industries
  • Creating and curating meaningful and relevant content to drive strategic insight and generate new business development

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    Chairperson Bio

    Laureen Tanner
    Laureen Tanner is a highly accomplished senior executive with 35 years of success within healthcare and hospitals. She has proven her ability to grow healthcare businesses and turn around failing systems in the healthcare market. Laureen is a Registered Nurse with experience in acute care, academic medical center hospitals, human resources, and nurse placement. She leverages extensive experience to improve operations while reducing costs. Her areas of expertise include staff development, communications, finance, visionary leadership, creating culture, fundraising, troubleshooting, turnarounds, customer engagement, customer service, adult and pediatric care, quality improvement, patient safety, and marketing at the state, federal, and commercial levels.

    Laureen currently serves as the President and CEO of Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. When she initially joined the Hospital 18 years ago as the Chief Operating Officer, the Hospital had 42 employees, five patients, a $2.8 million budget, and a terrible reputation in the healthcare community. Today, the business is licensed as a children's hospital, with 350 employees, 34 patients, a $28 million budget (expect to grow to $50 million within the next few months), and the hospital is in a construction process to double their space. Laureen's role In Ranken Jordan's turnaround and success cannot be overstated; she completely transformed the organization based on the needs of the community. She recreated the organization and realigned it with the medical
    community to achieve a respected reputation both locally and nationally. She has built a very strong and talented executive leadership team and a reputable culture of    excellence.

    In her role with Ranken Jordan, Laureen executes a model of healthcare that does not exist anywhere else in the country.  Ranken Jordan is a pediatric bridge hospital providing a continuum of care for medically complex children and their families. They take very sick children and facilitate the transition between the Intensive care unit (ICU) and home. Ranken Jordan has created a unique and much-needed service for the very expensive patients that exist every community and make it less expensive for those who pay for healthcare. They prepare parents for the care needed at home so that there is not an overuse of emergency departments as well as a reduced chance of the child returning to the ICU. This model of healthcare increases the quality of care while decreasing cost.

    Prior to her success with Ranken Jordan, Laureen worked at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. She joined St. Johns as a Clinical Nurse III, but quickly worked her way up the ranks to become the Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Over her tenure at St. John's, she was   known for turning around poorly functioning medical divisions. She drastically Increased staff retention as well as patient and physician satisfaction. She established a shared governance unit, which is still in place today, and Instilled a servant leadership culture. She also managed neonatal practitioners, transport team, and respiratory therapists for the entire pediatric division.

    In addition to her executive career, Laureen has held multiple board roles, advisory positions, and professional memberships over the years.  She frequently advises businesses with patients who have acute care problems; she has served as a guest speaker on leadership at numerous nursing schools and businesses.  She spoke to an audience of 700+ people about employee engagement at a company called Cerner and gave presentations on leadership and culture at the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Development Institute.  She has received several awards, including the Visionary Leadership Award from the HealthCare Business Women’s Association, and has been named as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal.

    Laureen ls a registered professional nurse in the states of Missouri and Illinois and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She also holds a B.S in Nursing and an M.S.N in Nursing Serving Administration from St. Louis University.