Lori Herndon, RN, BSN, MBA

President and CEO, AtlantiCare

Lori Herndon

Lori Herndon, RN, BSN, MBA, is president and CEO of AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System. In this role, she is responsible for the multifaceted health system’s strategic growth, operations and development. She provides leadership for the more than 5,500 AtlantiCare employees and 900 physicians and providers who serve the community in five New Jersey counties.

AtlantiCare comprises AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services, and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization.

Herndon joined AtlantiCare in 1983 as a staff nurse in AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and has served in executive roles for the system since 2007. Prior to her current role, she concurrently served as executive vice president, AtlantiCare, and president and CEO, ARMC. Her previous roles at ARMC included president and CEO; administrator, ARMC Mainland Campus; administrative director, Maternal Child Health Services; director, Total Quality Management; clinical manager, Medicine/Surgery; and director, Nurse Recruitment.

As executive vice president, AtlantiCare and president and CEO, ARMC, Herndon was a key member of the team that sought strategic clinical and process integration with Geisinger Health System. She served as the administrative and clinical leader for the delivery of care throughout the organization and was responsible for creating and implementing healthcare delivery strategy across AtlantiCare’s system.

Herndon developed centers excellence and forged clinical affiliations in her role as CEO of the medical center. Under her tenure, AtlantiCare completed numerous expansion and/or renovation projects, including a $35 million expansion of ARMC’s Mainland Campus that added 71,000 square feet to the campus in 2005 and a $62.5 million Mainland Modernization Project that included a 35,000 square foot expansion in 2015; the opening of the $128 million George F. Lynn Harmony Pavilion, new Emergency Center, Trauma Center and seven-story patient tower at ARMC Atlantic City Campus in 2007; the opening of the Cape May Court House Health Park in 2017 and 2013 respectively; the opening of an ambulatory Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg Harbor Township in 2009, and an expansion of the center in Cape May Court House in 2013; and the opening of Satellite Emergency Department and Health Park in Hammonton in 2011, among other expansions and growth projects.

Under her hospital leadership, ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet® designated hospital and was twice redesignated; AtlantiCare was named a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner in 2009; and AtlantiCare was included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare 2010.

Herndon co-chaired AtlantiCare’s Community Advisory Group, which comprises current and former patients and staff, and other members of the community, since its inception in 2011 through 2016. She serves on the boards of Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Stockton University Foundation, Atlantic City Police Foundation, and the Atlantic County Economic Alliance. In addition, she serves as Secretary of the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Directors. She was chair of the American Heart Association’s 2010 Southern New Jersey Spring Start! Heart Walk and its 2012 Go Red for Women Luncheon.

Herndon is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives; and a lifetime member of the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund and the ARMC Mainland Campus Auxiliary. In 2013, Herndon was named to the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame. Also in 2013, Stockton University’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy honored her with its “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award.” The Boy Scouts Jersey Shore Council honored her as distinguished citizen of the year in 2014.

Herndon earned her Master of Business Administration degree at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey; and her registered nurse degree at Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing, Danville, Pennsylvania.

Herndon resides in Brigantine with her husband Dorie. They have two adult sons, Dorie and Eric.