Vice President Human Resources, Memorial Hermann Health System
Lori Knowles is a Vice President of Human Resources for at Memorial Hermann Health System. The largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading-edge technology and innovation. The system has more than 25,000 employees and 5500 affiliated physicians. Memorial Hermann’s 14 hospitals include two acute care hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including a level I trauma center and a hospital for children, two rehabilitation hospitals, and ten suburban hospitals.
Lori has responsibility for providing best in class human resource strategies to assist in guiding the organization through the challenges of healthcare reform, planned strategic growth and introduction of a new model for integrated healthcare delivery. She also serves as the System Executive lead for Retention and Workforce Planning. Lori holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and an executive leadership certification from Rice University. She also holds an SPHR and SHRM-SCP certification and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston, teaching Human Resources. Lori has served in lead Human Resource roles at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Tenet Healthcare. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Lori served as Chief Operating Officer with RediClinic.
Lori has extensive experience in leadership development and mergers and acquisitions, and has leadership experience in all functions of Human Resources, including Talent Acquisition, Benefits, Compensation, Employee Relations and Organizational Training and Development. Lori has also served as a Facilitator for the Texas Institute for Health Policy Research, a public health institute that seeks to find preventive solutions that improve the health of Texans.
Lori has held certifications in The Birkman Method, Covey Leadership Strategies, Situational Leadership, and Crucial Conversations. Lori was recognized by Healthcare Today as a Gold Winner for her work in employee communications.