Kole Promoted to Vice President of Clinical Transformation at Lee Health

(Fort Myers, Fla. – June 20, 2017) --- Marilyn Kole, M.D., MBA, has been promoted to Vice President of Clinical Transformation for Lee Health. In her new role, Dr. Kole assumed responsibility for the clinical quality functions of the medical staff and is responsible for reducing clinical practice variation across Lee Health’s hospitals by working in partnership with the medical staff and other health system leaders through the Clinical Collaboration Council. Through this new structure, Dr. Kole will establish system quality scorecards to monitor and continuously improve clinical quality.

Dr. Kole joined Lee Health in 2000 and has served in a number of leadership roles, including System Medical Director of Intensive Care Services, System Medical Director of Clinical Effectiveness, System Medical Director of Specialty and Hospital-based Physicians and System Medical Director of Clinical Transformation. She also worked part-time as a critical care physician with Lee Physician Group Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Specialists.

In addition to Dr. Kole’s leadership experience with Lee Health, she also worked as a physician and partner at Jersey Coast Pulmonary and Critical Care in Sea Grit, N.J.; as an associate pulmonary/critical care/internal medicine physician at Internal Medicine Associates in Fort Myers, Fla.; as a hospitalist; and as a physician and partner at Coastal Internal Medicine Specialists in Fort Myers.

“Dr. Kole has a passion for quality improvement,” says Scott Nygaard, M.D., Lee Health Chief Medical and Clinical Integration Officer. “In her new role, she will further our clinical integration efforts and continuously improve the quality of care we deliver by providing patients with the right care at the right time in the right place.”

Dr. Kole earned her medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J. She completed an internal medicine internship and residency—and served as chief resident—at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. She completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in News Brunswick, N.J., and earned her Master of Business Administration at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Dr. Kole also served as a United States Navy and Naval Reserve Hospital Corpsman. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org

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