A message from OEMSCA Secretary Lori Morris

Lori Morris

Hi, my name is Lori Morris and I am the Executive Director of Finance for Lawrence County EMS and Secretary of the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association. I am a charter member of the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association and served as a regional rep before becoming Secretary.
Lawrence County EMS began on January 1, 2011, and has grown to employee approximately 75 full and part-time employees. We began with a budget of approximately $600,000 and it has grown to $5,000,000 which includes the passage of an EMS Levy in 2017. I am responsible for and oversee all financial aspects of our agency which include budget, payroll, accounts payable, billing, Workers Compensation along with many other tasks.
Lawrence County EMS currently operates five full-time stations with the sixth full-time station to open in 2020. We cover 457 square miles and have 63,000 residents. Lawrence County EMS was named the 2013 Paid EMS Agency of the Year by the ODPS, Division of EMS. LCEMS run volume has increased from 10,000 runs in 2011, to being on pace for more than 12,500 runs in 2019. In May 2019, we had a record-breaking month with 1,144 runs still while operating 6 full-time trucks. We have also received the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Gold Plus award for the third year in a row.
Our mission is to provide competent, innovative, efficient and expedient pre-hospital care to the residents and guests of Lawrence County by delivering high quality, comprehensive emergency medical service with excellence, compassion and professionalism.
The Lawrence County Commissioners purchased a facility that will join five Lawrence County Agencies. This includes EMS, Coroner, 911, EMA/LEPC and part of the Sheriff’s office. This complex will be called the Lawrence County Joint Response Operation Center (JROC). The complex should be up and running within the next few months.
Before being appointed by the Lawrence County Commissioners to become a part of the LCEMS team in 2011, I worked 20 years in the banking industry. During my tenure in banking, I held the positions of Bank Secrecy Act Officer, Community Reinvestment Act Officer and Compliance Officer along with being a Commercial, Real Estate and Installment Lender and earned the position of Assistant Vice President.
I was also elected and am currently serving as Lawrence Township Fiscal Officer and serve as Secretary of the Lawrence County Trustee and Fiscal Officers Association. I have been married to Eric for 26 years and we have two children Brenna and Chad.
I feel it takes collaboration and teamwork to make any agency a success!