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Journal of ASPR - Winter 2012 - ASPR Leadership Profile: Laura Screeney
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ASPR Leadership Profile

By Lori Jackson Norris, Physician Recruiter, CHW/Arizona

This is part of a series profiling ASPR Board members and leaders.

Spotlight on Laura Screeney, FASPR, Board Member At-Large

Laura ScreeneyWhen did your current Board term begin? January 2011.

What organization do you work for and what is your current title? North Shore LIJ Health System as Corporate Director, Office of Physician Recruitment.

What do your responsibilities include? Start up in-house physician recruitment for 15 hospitals plus a medical school... and I inherited onboarding.

How much physician recruitment experience do you have? 25 years.

How long have you been an ASPR Member? Inaugural member.

What ASPR committees do you participate in? Currently, JASPR and Fellowship. I have participated in every ASPR committee at some point over the years.

What is the best part of being an ASPR member? It is a privilege and an honor to belong to an organization/industry with such a caring and sharing group of colleagues.

Why is it important to you to serve as an ASPR Board Member? I feel that we, as members, have an obligation to do our part for ASPR, whether that’s serving on the Board of Directors, as a committee chair or a committee member.

What do you think are the one or two most important attributes of a successful physician recruitment professional? Compassion and flexibility.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing physician recruiting today? Doing more with less.

If you could have lunch with anyone past or present, who would it be and why? Lucille Ball, Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks…all amazing women who impacted lives across cultures and continents.

Name one interesting thing many of your colleagues may not know about you. I love disco!

What do you believe to be the greatest invention in your lifetime so far? Any Apple product.

What was the last book you read or movie you saw? Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong, and Jack and Jill with Adam Sandler (Yup, I am a SNL fan!).

Do you have a favorite hobby or pastime? Travel and/or spending time with family and friends. Exciting adventures, good food and good wine are meant to be shared.

Do you have a favorite quote or motto? I have a new favorite quote by Steve Jobs at his Stanford commencement speech in June 2005: “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Anything else you would like us to know? Volunteering for ASPR is extremely rewarding. If you haven’t tried it yet, jump in!

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