Mar 1 2019

Lisa Klenke, CEO at Mercer Health, was named Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Citizen of the Year at the chamber’s annual banquet on February 21st.  Stacy Beougher, Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, stated in her award delivery presentation that Klenke embodies the criteria for the Citizen of the Year Award which indicates that the recipient should be actively involved in community organizations and is a catalyst to make things happen. Beougher further indicated that a Citizen of the Year award winner is well rounded in their commitments to family, church, community, and job; a person who puts time and effort into making the lives of others better and is well respected; a very caring person who puts others first; and a team player capable of leading and also recruiting the assistance of others. The criteria further indicates that the recipient has made a commitment to bettering the community in an ongoing basis with no thought of personal gain; is a person of vision; a person who looks at first what they can do for the community and others; and a person with the philosophy of “service is the price you pay for the space you occupy in this world.

Lisa Klenke is a long-time employee of Mercer Health, being employed from 1982-1988 and from 1994 to the present.  Lisa Klenke is currently the CEO at Mercer Health.  Prior to that appointment in June 2013, she served as Mercer Health’s Interim CEO for 6 months and the Chief Nursing Officer for over 20 years.  She has held various leadership positions in nursing, quality and regulatory compliance.  She earned a BSN from The Ohio State University, holds an MBA from Wright State University and is board certified as a Nurse Executive at the advanced level through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  She has served on the Board of Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives and chaired its Legislative and Practice Committee.  She is a past member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives Quality and Patient Safety Committee and Regulatory Monitoring Committee.  Lisa is currently serving her fourth, four-year term on the Ohio Board of Nursing and is a past president.  She has chaired the Continuing Education and Practice Committees at the Board of Nursing and served on a variety of workgroups that impact nursing regulation.  While on the Board, she initiated the Practice Committee to draft interpretive guidelines, developed the Board Hearing Panel to conduct disciplinary hearings with a panel of Board members, and introduced the incorporation of Just Culture evaluation into practice breakdown cases.  In 2011 she received the Exceptional Leadership Award from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for her achievements as the Ohio Board of Nursing President and her contributions to NCSBN initiatives, received the Nursing Leadership Award from the Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives and was recognized by the Ohio Senate for her work in Nursing Regulation.

Locally, Klenke serves on the Celina-Mercer County Chamber Board, the Steering Committee for Women in Leadership of West Central Ohio, the Coldwater Kiwanis Club and has been recognized by Wright State University-Lake Campus as an Outstanding Alumni.

Beougher shared, “Lisa’s commitment to quality nursing care is obvious but her unwavering dedication to local, quality healthcare is unmatched.  It is Lisa’s vision and efforts that have secured local, quality healthcare for future generations.  Lisa was extremely passionate about the West Wing Expansion at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital understanding it’s importance to the overall livelihood of the community.  Because of Lisa’s vision, thousands of lives in our community will continue to have access to local, quality healthcare.  Lisa’s career has been dedicated to the service of others and I feel you would be hard pressed to find someone in our community that has had more impact on more lives than Lisa Klenke.”

Beougher concluded, “Klenke, a Celina High School graduate, often credits her mother, also a long-time, dedicated and compassionate nurse, for sparking her interest in nursing.  On occasion, Klenke has shared stories of working alongside her mother, at a young age, at the former Otis Hospital in Celina, Ohio.  Lisa, and her husband, Roger, are lifelong residents of Mercer County, and have two grown daughters who also work in healthcare.”

Attached:  Lisa Klenke, 2018 Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year with her family (from L to R), sister Julie, husband Roger, Klenke, daughter Mandy, sister Jodi and mother Marjorie.