Daily Record Staff//March 31, 2023
//March 31, 2023
Leslie Rebecca Simmons was already executive vice president of LifeBridge Health when she was named chief operating officer 2½ years ago.
A nurse by training, she joined LifeBridge in 2015 when the health services company took over Carroll Hospital, where Simmons was president and CEO.
How has the pandemic changed your view on your job or broader profession?
There was no playbook to direct us on how to navigate the pandemic. We quickly learned that we are indeed better together and that each and every person has a critical role to delivering the best care possible, under the most challenging situations.
What’s your best advice for someone who aspires to your job?
Never forget from whence you came — those early experiences helped shape the leader you are today.
Stay connected to where the “real work” happens. Doing this enables you to understand the challenges and obstacles your team faces.
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
it is first and foremost my relationship with God and my trust that he puts people in my path who have always seen something in me that I didn’t see in myself. This has helped me persevere and move forward with the opportunities I have been presented with.
What do you do for fun and why?
I enjoy decorative painting, crafting, biking, hiking and riding my motorcycle.
This profile is part of The Daily Record's Health Care Power List for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at thedailyrecord.com.