Leota was the first female Vice President at the hospital and she went on to become the first female Senior Vice President. As Senior Vice President, Leota brokered the unique relationship between Creighton School of Nursing and Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. She also played a key role in negotiating ongoing issues of providing rural health services.
Leota has served the community on numerous boards and committees including Sunnyside Board of Directors, Business and Professional Women’s Club, Woman of the Year Chair, Head Start Board of Directors, and Kensington Assisted Living Advisory Committee.
In 2012, she was honored with the Lanning Award, for demonstrating a generous devotion to the advancement of health care. She is the only living person to have an entire department at the hospital named for her—the Leota Rolls Family Care Center.