A Unicorn’s Journey: Navigating Professional Choices in Search of the Perfect Job

LeeAnn Helber is the president of OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital in Athens. In this role, she drives the operational and strategic development of the hospital in partnership with OhioHealth senior leadership. LeeAnn’s healthcare career spans 26 years, including 18 years with Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan, six of which she served as president and CEO. In 2013, she joined OhioHealth as Senior Director of Regional System Development, where she was responsible for all independent hospital relationships across OhioHealth’s 47-county service area.

LeeAnn Helber headshot photoA strong leader who is passionate about small hospitals, LeeAnn understands the important role they play in the health and vitality of the communities they serve. LeeAnn is an alumna of Ohio University, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 2006, she received a master’s degree from Capella University in business administration with a specialization in organizational behavior. LeeAnn lives in Logan, Ohio.

LeeAnn’s career journey may be unique to some, but familiar to many professional women in rural areas, namely the choice to move from a small community in order to follow a path that ultimately leads back to home. After an 18-year career with Hocking Valley Community Hospital, including six as president, LeeAnn decided that in order to grow professionally and find her passion, she would need to seek out opportunities beyond southeast Ohio. She ultimately chose a next step that she knew would position her to bring back a unique set of skills and experiences to her community…and help her land her dream role. After eight years managing independent hospital relationships throughout OhioHealth’s 47 county footprint, she made her long awaited move back to the region, stepping into the role of O’Bleness Hospital president. LeeAnn will share her journey and learnings over the course of her 26-year career in healthcare and inspire others to make the career they want in their own community.

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