Dr. Morgan joins Huntington Hospitalfrom Portland, Oregon's 554-bed
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she oversaw more than 3,600 employees
and $1 billion of net revenue
Dr. Morgan is deeply experienced in trauma and intensive care, having spent
20 years as a trauma surgeon and intensivist while overseeing multiple
Dr. Morgan also serves on the board of Legacy Health's 1,500-physician
clinically integrated network
Huntington Hospitaltoday announced that its board of directors has appointed
Lori Morgan, MD, MBA, as president and chief executive officer effective
early- to mid-September, 2017. Dr. Morgan brings nearly 30 years of healthcare
and healthcare administration experience with a focus on developing programs
that support patient care, strengthening physician relationships and enhancing
financial performance. She most recently served eight years as corporate
vice president of Legacy Health, Portland’s largest local health
system, and as president of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, the system’s
Paul L.H. Ouyang, chairman of the board, said, “Dr. Morgan stood
out as the top candidate for Huntington Hospitaldue to her excellent
operating and financial track record and her outstanding working relationships
with physicians. Lori is an accomplished trauma surgeon and intensivist,
a natural leader and a superb communicator, and the entire Search Committee
is honored and delighted that she has accepted our offer. We are pleased
to welcome Lori to Huntington Hospital as we begin the next 125 years
of service to the San Gabriel Valley community.”
He continued, “Dr. Morgan’s appointment follows a nationwide
search that attracted many exceptional candidates. I want to thank all
the Search Committee members, especially Jaynie Studenmund, chair, Search
Committee, and vice chair, board of directors, who led the comprehensive
search with the assistance of Witt/Kieffer, a nationally recognized executive
search agency specializing in health care.”
Dr. Morgan said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to lead
this prestigious hospital and support its vision to be the leader in creating
community well-being through world-class health care. I see great opportunity
for further growth and development as we execute on our mission to bring
together outstanding physicians, caring nurses, professional staff and
Stephen A. Ralph, current president and CEO, announced in April 2017 his
intention to step down from his roles when the new CEO is in place.
Mr. Ouyang said, “The board and I want to thank Steve Ralph for his
significant contributions to the community and the hospital. Over 33 years
of service to the hospital with 22 of those as CEO, Steve has been a pillar
of one of our community’s most important institutions and leaves
a remarkable legacy of achievement.”
Mr. Ralph stated, "I am pleased that this exceptional hospital and
its caring and professional staff will be in the hands of such a capable
leader. I know Dr. Morgan will continue Huntington Hospital’s legacy
of offering world-class care to our patients, their families and our community.”
Dr. Morgan Biographical Information
Dr. Morgan joined Legacy Emanuel Medical Center as president and Legacy
Health as corporate vice president in 2009. Legacy Health is the largest
local health system in Portland with seven hospitals, allied clinics/outpatient
facilities and 11,000 employees. She served on the Legacy Health Councils,
setting business strategy, developing annual budgets and evaluating large-scale
capital expenditures and major system initiatives. Dr. Morgan led the
implementation of World Health Organization’s surgical safety best
practices across the Legacy Health System and worked to develop a system-wide
As president of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Dr. Morgan revitalized the
financial standing of the hospital, turning annual net losses of $3 million
to annual net profits of over $36 million, and achieving an operating
margin of over 10 percent in 2016. Under her leadership, the hospital
passed three Joint Commission surveys, achieving Gold Seal of Approval
for the Chest Pain Center and the Primary Stroke Center and DNV accreditation
as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. She improved the hospital’s culture
of philanthropy, increasing annual hospital donations by nearly 500 percent
in five years. Finally, she focused on improving clinical quality and
physician and employee engagement, which improved HCAHPS rating for inpatient
services by 8 percent and for emergency services by 34 percent.
Dr. Morgan has also served as president and chairman of the board of the
Unity Center for Behavioral Health, a psychiatric hospital and emergency
room developed in partnership with Adventist Health, Kaiser Health and
Oregon Health Sciences University, over the last three years.
Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Morgan served as a medical director at Trauma
Trust in Tacoma, Washington, for nearly a decade where she developed a
new adult Level II trauma center and pediatric trauma service.
She served as a co-director of the Surgical ICU and trauma surgeon at the
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics between 1997 and 2000.
Dr. Morgan received her medical degree from the University of Washington
School of Medicine, then completed her surgical residency at Stanford
University Medical Center, and her trauma/critical care fellowship at
the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. She is a board-certified
trauma surgeon and intensivist.
She received her MBA from Pacific Lutheran University where she concentrated
on technology and innovation management.
Dr. Morgan currently serves on the boards of the Oregon EMS & Trauma
Advisory Board, Urban League of Portland, Emanuel Foundation, Legacy Institute
for Surgical Education & Innovation, Life Flight and Legacy Health
Partners. She previously served as chairman of the board of Caremark and
Oregon State Trauma Advisory Board.
Dr. Morgan is married to Henry Outzen, PhD, a retired cancer research scientist.
Together they have one son, Morgan Outzen, age 23, who lives and works
in Portland, Oregon, as a certified financial analyst.
To learn more about this announcement, read our community letter.