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Fisher-Titus president Lorna Strayer announces plans to retire in spring

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Updated Sep 22, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Lorna Strayer, president and chief executive officer of Fisher-Titus Health, has announced her plans to retire in spring after a 33-year career at Fisher-Titus. 

“This has not been an easy decision for me,” Strayer said. “But it is time for me to prepare for retirement after 33 wonderful years of serving the medical center and our community.”

Strayer joined Fisher-Titus Medical Center in 1985 as a certified speech-language pathologist. During her career, she has served as director of rehabilitation and industrial health services, assistant vice president of rehabilitation, vice president of business development and rehabilitation, senior vice president of administration and business development and executive vice president/chief operating officer.

“Over the years, Lorna has made a tremendous impact on this organization,” said Matt Gross, chairman of the board of directors. “Most recently as president, Lorna has provided impeccable leadership as we’ve transitioned Fisher-Titus from a medical center to a health system, positioning us to maneuver through the complicated health care world that currently exists.”

As president and CEO, Strayer led initiatives to reorganize the board structure from the former Norwalk Area Health Systems “parent board” into Fisher-Titus Health. In addition, she managed a wave of acquisitions into the system including physician practices and Kaiser Community Pharmacy.

“These have been very challenging, but critical initiatives to strengthen Fisher-Titus as an independent community hospital,” Gross said. “Always focused on patient and community needs, Lorna has led the expansion of Fisher-Titus throughout the area including greater access to health care in many smaller communities that we serve.”

In her various leadership positions, Strayer oversaw business development, construction management, clinical affiliations, including the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular and Spine Surgery service lines, employee development and engagement, and community outreach.

“It has been an honor to have served in so many different roles over the years,” Strayer said. “I came to the hospital with the intent of developing rehabilitation services and have had the privilege of managing major construction projects, developing clinical service lines, securing physician practices as part of the system and always advocating for the outstanding employees who serve this community.”

Strayer has been an active part of the community having served on numerous community boards including Norwalk Economic Development Corp., Project Leadership of Huron County, BGSU Firelands development board and Artists Open Studio. She also has been actively involved with the Huron County Health Partners, Northwest Ohio Hospital Council and the Ohio Hospital Association’s small and rural hospital committee.

A search committee of board members and physicians is being formed with the goal of completing the transition to a new president and CEO by the spring of 2018, Gross said.

“The success of Fisher-Titus lies in the tremendous capacity of our leadership and management team, guidance from our board of directors, strength of our medical staff, and the depth and commitment of our employees,” Strayer said.

“I will always have tremendous pride in our collective goal to provide the highest quality and broadest scope of health care services to our community. There is no doubt in my mind that the strength of Fisher-Titus is in its committed people — the Fisher-Titus family.”

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