Lee Ann Liska
Chief Executive Officer, AU Medical Center
Number of years in position: 1
Family: Husband Joe Ed; daughter Catherine
Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: I am passionate about improving the health care experiences of our patients and their families. I’ve faced health issues in my own family, and these situations gave me personal insight into how to make those encounters better. AU Medical Center is a pioneer in patient- and family-centered care, and we look forward to extending this health care philosophy to our Columbia County health campus in Grovetown.
Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: I like to support United Way because our patients and employees benefit from its services, and the American Heart Association because it supports research for heart and stroke care – the #1 and #5 killer of men and women in America. I also support YWCA and its missions to eliminate racism, empower women and promote social justice.
Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: My daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at age 7. As a hospital chief executive officer, this hit home in more ways than one for me. I stood by Catherine during three long years of cancer treatment. I was running a hospital, while trying to be the best mom for my daughter as well. She is such a fighter and a survivor, and I’m very proud to be her mother.
Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: Being recognized as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2011
What Your Childhood Self Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: Film music composer or TV broadcaster
Favorite Way to Spend Saturday Afternoon: At a campsite, sitting on a chair with a book or magazine by the fire
Favorite TV Show: “The Crown”
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Sports Team: The closest football team to where I live and work
Favorite Comfort Food: Jujyfruits
Favorite App: Spotify
Last Book Read: The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes
Dream Vacation: Blackberry Farm in the Tennessee mountains. It’s peaceful, gorgeous, and they take great care of you.
Something That Has Changed My Life: Having my daughter
Best Thing I Ever Learned: Never burn bridges
One Word You Would Use to Describe Yourself: Passionate
Favorite Hobbies: Cooking and shopping
Secret Aspiration: Country music groupie
Reality Show I Would Totally Win: None
Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: I like to cook.