- February 22, 2021
- Posted by: ckha
- Category: News
(Cover photo): Lori Marshall, President and CEO of CKHA.
We are calling on everyone in the Chatham-Kent community and the surrounding area to vote for Lori Marshall, the President and CEO of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA), to be named a Lerners Healthcare Champion for her tireless efforts as a vital health care leader in our community.
Healthcare Champions is an awards program created by Lerners LLP to identify and reward individual professionals or teams of professionals in the Southwestern Ontario Healthcare and Rehabilitation Community who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist members of their communities.
If Lori is selected as one of the top five Healthcare Champions in the contest, a $5,000 donation will be made to help Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation fund program innovation, life-saving equipment, and modernize facilities at CKHA. These funds will help to further enhance the world-class health care in our community.
To vote for Lori and her incredible contributions to the health and wellness of the Chatham-Kent community, click here. You can vote once per day from now until March 20th. Please vote as often as you can to help Lori become one of the top five Healthcare Champions!
For more information about Lerners Healthcare Champions, click here.
Read below for why we feel Lori Marshall is a true Champion for health care in Chatham-Kent.
The past year has been one of the most challenging times our society has faced in a generation. The COVID-19 pandemic has been wrought with uncertainty and isolation, with many people facing the harsh realities of this deadly virus. However, during these arduous times, our health care workers have become a symbol of perseverance and hope.
As a health care leader in our community, Lori Marshall has been a beacon of solidarity throughout the pandemic by going above and beyond to keep CKHA staff, patients, and the entire Chatham-Kent community safe and informed.
Communicating health measures and dispelling misinformation has been a vital tool in fighting against the spread of the virus. With this in mind, Lori created and implemented a daily memo for staff to share updates, her feedback on processes, success stories, and other important timely information. She has also transitioned staff town halls from in-person meetings to a virtual format to ensure the communication process remains active throughout the pandemic.
With COVID-19 preventing volunteers from fulfilling their roles at CKHA, Lori has held regular “virtual coffee chats” with those valued members of the CKHA family to ensure the lines of communication remain open. She has kept up virtual connections with CKHA physicians, as well.
The general public has also benefitted tremendously from Lori’s leadership. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020, she has participated in weekly radio shows to update the local community on the hospital’s priorities and activities. She has also kept the public informed by taking part in weekly media conference calls with community stakeholders, such as the Mayor of Chatham-Kent and the local Medical Officer of Health, to share key information about COVID-19.
By spearheading a collaborative effort with Chatham-Kent EMS and other community partners, Lori engaged in a significant undertaking to facilitate several mobile COVID-19 testing centres throughout the municipality of Chatham-Kent. This ensured all members of our community had access to testing, which was vital for helping Chatham-Kent flatten the curve during the pandemic’s first wave.
Lori has put forth significant effort to respond to the needs of the community by establishing a COVID-19 assessment centre. She also oversaw the development of a field hospital, which ensured CKHA was prepared for a critical surge of COVID-19 patients who might require hospitalization and has recently been focused on the creation of a vaccine centre.
Lori has taken pride in a number of new practices and measures that are part of her “Commitment to Safety” for patients, families, staff, physicians, and volunteers. She has developed new procedures and important measures for Personal Protective Equipment and made important hospital policy changes relating to staff redeployment, designating areas of care for COVID patients, and necessary visitor restrictions to help reduce the spread of infection throughout our community.
Chatham-Kent long-term care facilities have also benefitted from Lori’s commitment to the health and safety of all residents in Chatham-Kent. These facilities care for our community’s most vulnerable and have been frequently overburdened due to the pandemic. However, Lori has been providing support to LTC staff and residents through her team of staff that attend these local facilities on a monthly basis.
Lori was instrumental in forming a partnership with other hospitals in Southwestern Ontario so that CKHA could assist other health care facilities in Windsor and Leamington when patient capacity became over-extended.
While Lori has actively volunteered to raise money for many local initiatives for CKHA, her commitment to her community also extends outside of the health care field.
Lori has been an active Rotarian since 2018, supporting numerous causes in the community such as the construction of a new building for the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent. She has also been a member of Chatham-Kent United Way’s “Women United” since 2015 and she has volunteered with Holiday with a Hero for the past number of years, which is an initiative that fosters positive relationships between young people and those in uniform who pair up for a $100 shopping spree.
As well, with many families financially impacted by the pandemic over this last year, Lori was quick to offer support by volunteering with The Gift over the holidays. The community-wide initiative ensured that no child was forced to go without a Christmas by collecting and distributing presents that had been donated to the cause.
Lori embodies what it means to be a Champion. She genuinely cares for every single person in Chatham-Kent. Whether it is the patients and staff at CKHA, long-term care residents or local youth, Lori’s passion is her community and making sure everyone is provided with the care they need.