In recognition of over three decades of service to the sector, The American Health Council has cordially appointed Dr. Lorrie Elchert to its prestigious Nursing Board. Dr. Elchert, from Millbury, Ohio, is a highly regarded Nurse Practitioner who has developed expertise in the areas of Nursing, Patient Care and Family Medicine.
Dr. Elchert first became involved in her profession due to the role models of her great aunt who was a Registered Nurse, her father who was a volunteer fireman and a co-worker Barb, who was a great nurse in long term care. She started her career at age sixteen in an extended care facility and has loved it ever since.
Keen to progress professionally, Dr. Elchert achieved her Diploma of Nursing in 1984 from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing. This was followed by her BSN in 1994 from the University of Toledo. In 2004, she attained her MSN and some years later in 2017, attained her DNP.
For the past three years, Dr. Elchert has worked at Fallen Timbers Family Physicians, which is part of the WellCare Physicians Group of St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee Ohio. Providing excellence in patient care and education, Dr. Elchert is the supervisor of advanced practice providers, with her day to day responsibilities including running her own practice and assisting in the care of her colleague’s patients.
St. Luke’s Hospital is an independent 300 bed facility serving Maumee and the surrounding communities. St. Luke’s provides a wide range of critical care to patients including cardiovascular, spine and neurological, robotic surgery, orthopedic, emergency and stroke center in a comfortable suburban setting.
Looking back at her impressive career to date, Dr. Elchert attributes her successes to her great mentors and colleagues. She believes that her personal experiences and passion for nursing have helped her excel in her field.
Respected widely by her industry peers, Dr. Elchert has presented a poster at the OAANP state conference last year and will be presenting in Denver at the National Nurse Practitioner Conference in June. She has also contributed to numerous publications on topics including the road to improving transition of care with a focus on decreasing CHF readmissions and the validity and reliability of the state-trait anxiety inventory in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr. Elchert was a proud recipient of the Dean’s Award for MSN/NP Program-University of Toledo in 2004, the Arrowhead Park Scholarship in 2003, the CARE Award from St. Luke’s Hospital in 1997 & 1988, the St. Luke’s Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship 2003 & 2002 and the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing Auxiliary Scholarship in 1983.
Furthermore, Dr. Elchert was the first nurse practitioner at St. Luke’s Hospital and mentored other RN’s towards their goals as advanced practice nurses. She continues to precept nurse practitioner students yearly from multiple universities and NP programs. Additionally, Dr. Elchert continues to be active in improving patient care in the office and hospital setting by being active on hospital committees and by lecturing and teaching suturing classes for several organizations.
A proud member of the Nursing Honor Society of Sigma Theta Tau, International Zeta Theta at-Large & Phi Phi Chapters, Dr. Elchert is also affiliated with the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the University of Toledo Nursing Alumni Association Board and Owen’s Community College Medical Assistant Board.
Goals within the next five years include mentoring nurse practitioner students, the growth of her family practice and starting a journal club in her organization. Dr. Elchert would also like to become more involved in legislative affairs and publishing.
Outside of work, Dr. Elchert volunteers and provides needed care to patients for medical missions in many countries. She has also provided emergent care on medical missions during Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Harvey.
In her spare time, Dr. Elchert loves spending time with her family and her granddaughter. To relax, she enjoys reading and traveling.
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Nurse Practitioner at St. Luke’s Hospital – Fallen Timbers Family Physicians
- Fallen Timbers Family Physicians is part of the WellCare Physicians Group of St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee Ohio.
- St. Luke’s Hospital is an independent 300 bed facility serving Maumee and the surrounding communities.
- St. Luke’s provides a wide range of critical care to patients including cardiovascular, spine and neurological, robotic surgery, orthopedic, emergency and stroke center in a comfortable suburban setting.
Source: Fallen Timber Family Physicians