Lori Knarr Named New IU Health University Hospital CNO
| Indianapolis—Lori Knarr will become the next chief nursing officer and vice president at Indiana University Health University Hospital, the health system announced Thursday.
Knarr is currently executive director of nursing operations at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare in Florida, where she oversees nursing operations at a 770-bed hospital with more than 4,000 employees. She plans to join IU Health in July and will take over for interim CNO Lisa Greenan, who will remain with the hospital.
“Lori’s qualifications and experience make her a great fit at IU Health,” said Linda Everett, executive vice president and chief nursing executive with IU Health. “We are confident that her wealth of experience in achieving outcomes in quality, safety and nursing excellence will help IU Health University Hospital continue its journey to preeminence and deliver on our promise of assurance to patients and their families.”
Some of that experience includes 27 years in the healthcare field, including 22 years in nursing leadership roles, primarily in adult critical care and emergency department settings. She also has experience in pediatric nursing and recently earned her doctorate in nursing practice from Florida State University. She holds a master’s degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.
“I am honored to be named to lead the Nursing and Patient Care Services staff at IU Health University Hospital, and look forward to making Indianapolis my new home,” Knarr said. “I hope to inspire the hospital’s healthcare team to honor its rich history and reach for new goals that will improve the patient experience and demonstrate the organization’s commitment to nursing excellence.”
An active speaker and author, Knarr serves on the board of directors for the American Organization of Nurse Executives, representing the southeastern states. She also is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In her community, Knarr lends her time and talent to several causes, including a Meals on Wheels program and Florida nursing schools, the latter of which she collaborates with on retention issues and curriculum development.
About Indiana University Health Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.