Q&A: Leslie Jurecko
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Jurecko has “a passion” for process improvement and employee and patient engagement.
Her collective team is highly focused on supporting patients through “a reliable and trusting health care journey.”
Biggest career break?
First hospital leadership role at age 32. I loved the balance of the bedside and the board room.
Each moment I get to watch the team I lead reach their goals and enjoy doing it. When they reach their goals, patients’ outcomes improve and that is a remarkable feeling.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
How did you make your first dollar?
Inspecting air filters at a medical gas company. Complete quality control!
Three rings with my husband’s and children’s names on them
When I was younger, I wanted to be a SportsCenter anchor. Sadly, I grew up with a slight speech impediment and never felt comfortable pursuing that dream. I hope this insecurity wouldn’t impede another young woman today. Go for it! Currently, I am learning each day in my role and to me, that is a dream job.
If you were president for a day, you would … ?
Change the filibuster rule. I am one to take action and get things done efficiently.
Last book you read?
“Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. I love that I can finally read non-fiction with my 8-year-old son, though this was a little intense for him, but a great lesson on resiliency.
Last search term you googled?
Most comfortable work heels
Your worst habit?
Not proofreading every short email
To unwind, you like to … ?
Go to the beach with family and friends or go jogging
I would love to go back to Africa to deliver medical care, but this time, take my children along for the experience.
Anything I don’t have to cook or bake myself. I’ve learned from my mistakes in the kitchen, and it is just safer to stay away.
Person you most admire?
It is not one person, but a collection of people and their experiences that I admire. My family had and has many amazing leaders. Many of them ascended from almost nothing, but worked hard to become business owners and fearless entrepreneurs. Throughout the years, they have shown me how to be grateful, generous and steadfast.