Lori Pickell has served on the LG Health board for six years. She is the President and CEO of Irex Corporation, a Lancaster-based specialty contracting company offering mechanical insulation, energy appraisal, nuclear, abatement, coatings, scaffolding and consulting services to clients nationally. She and her husband reside in Millersville.
What's your connection to the Lancaster area?
I was born at Lancaster General Hospital, grew up in Lancaster County, attended Millersville University, married and raised two children, and have spent my entire working career here.
What is your motivation/inspiration for serving on the Board of Trustees?
It's a privilege to serve on the board as both a community and business representative. I'm a consumer of health care through LG Health, of course, but in my work, I have also had the opportunity to deal with health care as an employee benefit. My service on the board now gives me the provider's perspective, which I value.
What do you believe are the biggest issues in health care for our region?
We have a lot of important issues, and they are not unique to Lancaster. Cost is a huge issue, especially how we can balance controlling the cost of care with our constant pursuit of better quality, innovative care options, state-of-the art facilities, and great staff. It is extremely challenging.
What's been your biggest surprise in serving on the LG Health board?
I have always known LG Health to be large and influential in the community, but I had no idea how extensive and important our community benefit is. Our outreach with free care, education and community service is remarkable, as our recent Foster McGaw Prize recognizes.
What about LG Health are you most proud of?
I would say I am most proud of the organization's commitment to quality and continuous improvement, at all levels.
If you could change one thing about how healthcare is provided, what would that be?
If I have to pick one, it would be finding a better way to focus on the prevention of illness and disease. That means improving overall access to care and making sure every individual has a meaningful relationship with a primary-care provider.
What do you do for fun?
Anything that involves the sun and the beach. We enjoy lots of time at the Jersey shore, but when we are not there, I look for any opportunity for outdoor activities.