Top 25 Emerging Leaders
Leslie Jurecko, 39
Vice president for delivery system quality, safety and experience, Spectrum Health
Dr. Leslie Jurecko spent most of her younger years in and out of healthcare facilities. When she was 10 years old, her father became quadriplegic after an accident. Jurecko saw firsthand how the U.S. healthcare system was helpful, but also that improvements needed to be made.
"I just kept asking more and more questions about his diagnoses and his treatment. There was a moment when I realized I was more interested in healing and helping people and understanding physiology and science. The rest of my life was focused on that," Jurecko said.
In which TV medical drama would you star? "Doc McStuffins"
What musician would you dream of having perform at your next birthday celebration? Colbie Caillat
What superhero are you? Spider-Woman
Since 2009, Jurecko has worked in quality and safety roles at Spectrum Health. She was promoted to vice president in June 2017.
In addition to creating programs to counteract physician burnout, she has created processes to more deeply examine differing health outcomes across ZIP codes and improved Spectrum's late charges performance.
At the heart of Jurecko's work is pairing her executive role with how to serve patients for the best one-on-one experiences and ensure her colleagues do the same.
"I have 200 people on my team. What I thrive in is leading them in a service leadership manner. I flip our hierarchy upside down; my whole job is to serve them. Everything is 'we' and about the team. It's not about 'I,'"she said.