Lori Leigh Marble, APR, Fellow PRSA
Lori Marble serves as the Director for Strategic Innovation at Mercy Hospital Joplin. She oversees a hospital and clinic-wide goal-setting initiative to decrease costs, increase patient visits and reduce turnover. Additionally, she oversees the hospital’s telecommunication and auxiliary departments.
In 2014 and 2015, Marble served as a Transformation Agent on Mercy Health System’s 10-person Noah’s Ark project, crafting communication platforms for future transformation efforts. She has also served as Mercy’s Director of Marketing and Communications for the southeast Kansas/southwest Missouri region.
Before entering health care, Marble held public relations positions in:
- Higher education, serving as public information director for Crowder College, overseeing all public relations efforts, including media relations for three national/international alternative energy competitions
- Government, serving as the community relations and customer service manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation, southwest district, managing public relations efforts for an 11-county region during a six-year time period that included a major blizzard, ice storm and EF5 tornado.
- And as an independent practitioner, serving a client list of 13 small businesses/organizations in the southwest Missouri region, including Spiva Center for the Arts and Access Family Care, a rural healthcare consortium.
Marble was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows in 2015. She served as co-chair of the College’s Mentoring Committee for two years. This past year she has served as secretary/treasurer. She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2008 and has served in leadership roles in the Southwest Missouri PRSA chapter, including president, as well as chair of the Midwest District.
In 2000, the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations named her Communicator of the Year. In 2016, she was recognized as a Most Influential Woman by the Joplin Regional Business Journal.
Marble currently chairs the Mercy Women Leader’s Mentoring and Sponsorship committee. She is board chair of Pro Musica Joplin, the leader in providing classical music programming for Joplin, Missouri and the surrounding area. She is a member the Friends of St. Avips, a permanent organization of 40 women who volunteer their efforts to promote interest in, and to provide financial assistance to George A. Spiva Center for the Arts.
She is a former contributing writer to the Neosho Daily News and Show Me the Ozarks Magazine.
Marble holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and public relations from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s of Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
- Current Job: Director of Strategic Innovation, Mercy Hospital Joplin
- PRSA Chapter: Southwest Missouri Chapter