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What do we get when we put Lee Health and diversity together? You get a community where diversity and inclusion are put into practice. You get DiverseLee!

At Lee Health, we work together to achieve positive results. We are dedicated to providing a positive work environment of inclusion where each individual that walks through our doors is welcomed, valued and treated with respect and dignity.

Diversity can be defined as “the ways in which we differ as individuals or organizations and the commonalities and similarities that justify and motivate diverse people and entities to work collaboratively together, in order to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.”

Diversity at Lee Health has many levels and dimensions. We define diversity in broad terms to ensure that everyone is included and that their diversity is valued.

Diversity takes into account the human social characteristics that impact individuals’ values, perceptions, experiences and beliefs. By embracing all aspects of diversity communication, we learn to enhance trust and understanding. That leads to better outcomes. 

In keeping with our commitment to be an “Excellent Healthcare Employer” and to be recognized as an Employer of Choice®, we strive to be the best patient-centered health care facility in Florida.

Lee Health has a vision for a healthier community in which everyone has access to quality and equitable health care; where we welcome and value diverse health professionals; and we have a health system that is sensitive to the unique cultural and individual needs of our patients and families.

We understand that our success to achieve this is measured by many factors.

Our DiverseLee initiatives: The 4C Model:

  • Caring People: Attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent is central to Lee Health. Creating an environment of inclusion where our patients and staff are treated with respect regardless of their race/ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, national origin, military status, disability, sexual orientation (including gender identity or expression), or any other protected category defined by law.
  • Patient Care: Providing culturally competent patient care that is equitable. Overseeing programs and initiatives that help to serve our Limited English Proficient, ADA (American with Disabilities Act), Health Literacy, and other diverse patient populations and needs.
  • Community Outreach: Promoting diversity and cultural competence initiatives throughout the organization and community through training and awareness programs, professional development. Working together with our community partners through a collective vision for the benefit of the community.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Lee Health’s continued commitment to improving the health of the community through diverse efforts and initiatives.

These initiatives focus on enriching and enhancing our interactions with our patients, employees, and the community we serve every day to ensure that their experience with Lee Health is a memorable one.

At DiverseLee we strive to be a community that puts diversity and inclusion into practice!

To contact the Diversity office, please call 239-424-3806 or send us an e-mail.

Lee Health Makes Forbes Best Employers for Diversity List

Lee Health’s diversity is recognized among some of the largest and most recognizable companies, including Coca-Cola, Apple,, Walt Disney and Starbucks, as part of Forbes magazine’s “America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2018” list. Lee Health ranked 58 out of 250 companies and is the ninth highest ranked health care provider and the second highest ranked organization in Florida.