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SoutheastHEALTH Names New Emergency Services Director

Employee highlights | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

SoutheastHEALTH has announced the appointment of Lori Merritt, RN, MSN,CFRN, as Emergency Services Director at Southeast Hospital. She is a registered nurse with more than 17 years of experience in the Emergency Department setting, including six years of leadership experience and nine years of pre-hospital flight nurse experience.

Merritt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from Chamberlain University.

She worked as an Emergency Department nurse at Southeast prior to joining the Air Evac life team as a flight nurse and program director. Merritt most recently served as Emergency Services Manager at Southeast, overseeing its 25-bed Emergency Department with an average annual volume of over 37,000 patients. She served on a multi-disciplinary team that earned Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis System (TCD) designation for Southeast Hospital. This system brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a new, integrated approach to help a greater number of Missourians survive and recover from stroke or heart attack.

In her new role, Merritt says she will continue to work with our staff to maintain our exceptional quality of care that area residents expect and deserve. Her key focus will be continued recruitment efforts of new and highly qualified clinical members to our Emergency services team. "I am excited about this opportunity and passionate about leading this team and continuing our efforts to exceed care and services expectations for patients and families in southeast Missouri."

"Lori Merritt is the right choice to lead the Emergency Services team. Her collaborative leadership approach, experience and training in emergency care will position her for ongoing success," said Matt Shoemaker, DO, Chief Medical Officer at SoutheastHEALTH.

Merritt's professional affiliations include the Emergency Nurses Association. She is immediate past secretary of the Missouri State Council and current president-elect of the SEMO Chapter.