Episode 215: If You Stop Learning, You Stop Growing w/ Lori Sturgill

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This week’s episode features a classic story at the intersection of working hard and pursuing your dreams. From candy striper to Chief Information Officer, Lori Sturgill has worn many hats in the hospital setting. Join Lori as she shares how her love for helping people at a young age led her to pursue a career as a healthcare executive, and how she maintains a sense of courage in a historically challenging time for the industry.

Bio: Lori Sturgill, MOL, served as Chief Information Officer for Saint Francis Healthcare System, where she was responsible for directing Saint Francis’s Information Technology strategy and operations.

In her role, Sturgill would provide administrative management for Clinical and Non-Clinical Applications, Telecommunications, Cyber Security, Data Ecosystem, Enterprise Project Management, Infrastructure, Technical Operations, Business Transformation, Clinical Informatics, Governance, IT Business Operations, Health Information Management, PBX – Communications, Clinical Engineering, Dietary and Food and Nutrition Services.

Sturgill joined Saint Francis in September of 2018. She previously served as the Vice President of Information Systems and Vice President of Operations for Women’s and Children’s Services for Mercy—Central Community for nearly 28 years.

She brings more than 33 years of accumulative experience in healthcare to Saint Francis, with expertise in strategy, compliance, leadership, management, information systems, EPIC – EHR, Workday, managed care, vendor/provider/employer contract negotiations and health plans sales and claims. As a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Sturgill has a strong background in project management in the design and execution of large, complex projects.

In 2022, Sturgill received the St. Louis ORBIE CIO of the Year Award – NonProfit/Public Sector for her excellence in technology leadership. Consequently, Saint Francis was recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) for achieving a Level 8 for Acute and Ambulatory in the Digital Health Most Wired annual survey.

Sturgill serves as Chair of Health Connect Partners – Information Technology Education Board, is on the Board of Directors for Mid-America Transplant Services and is a Director at Large for the Midwest Gateway Chapter of the National Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Lori’s Something Extra: Courage, compassion, and love.

Guest Links:


– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Jenny Heal, Guest Coordinator
– Morgan Cochran, Marketing Support