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Q&A: Leslie Jurecko

November 13, 2018
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Leslie Jurecko
Leslie Jurecko. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Editor’s note: Each Q&A in the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a woman from the region who’s influential, a rising face in her industry or doing interesting work. Submit tips on potential Q&A subjects to tgortsema at grbj dot com.

Dr. Leslie Jurecko, M.B.A., is vice president for quality, safety and experience at Spectrum Health and also a practicing pediatric hospitalist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

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. 

Proudest moment?  

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?

Simplify

How did you make your first dollar?

Inspecting air filters at a medical gas company. Complete quality control!

Most-treasured possession?

Three rings with my husband’s and children’s names on them

Dream job?

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

Dream vacation?

I would love to go back to Africa to deliver medical care, but this time, take my children along for the experience.  

Favorite food?  

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.

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