Lori Herndon


Lori Herndon

Lori Herndon, 2022 Board Chair

Lori Herndon, MBA, BSN, RN, is president and CEO of AtlantiCare. She is responsible for the health system’s strategic growth, operations and development. She leads more than 6,000 AtlantiCare staff, providers and volunteers who serve the community in five southern New Jersey counties.

AtlantiCare, based in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, comprises AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) with three locations (Atlantic City Campus, Mainland Campus, Pomona, New Jersey, and Satellite Emergency Department, Hammonton, New Jersey), other ambulatory care services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation; and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization.

Herndon joined AtlantiCare in 1983 as a staff nurse in critical care. She has served in executive roles for the system since 2007. Prior to her current role, she concurrently served as executive vice president, AtlantiCare, and president and CEO, ARMC. Her early leadership roles at ARMC included hospital administrator, Mainland Campus; administrative director, Maternal Child Health Services; director, Total Quality Management; clinical manager, Medicine/Surgery; and director, Nurse Recruitment.

Under her leadership, ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet® designated hospital and has been redesignated three times. ARMC Atlantic City Campus earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers in 2017 with redesignation in 2019. Also in 2019, she led ARMC in earning the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for advanced certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care. ARMC became one of only 81 organizations across the country, and four in New Jersey, that had earned this certification.

AtlantiCare earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s recognition as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” for nine years in a row, most recently in 2020, under Herndon’s leadership. She played a key leadership role in AtlantiCare’s being named a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner and recognition in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare.