Lee Ann Liska – Chief Executive Officer, AU Medical Center

Lee Ann Liska

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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.