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Business Structure Evaluation Process Updates

We're currently conducting an evaluation of Lee Health's business structure. Explore all available documents and dive deeper into the process by learning more here. Lee Health’s Board of Directors invites you to a public hearing, set for Thursday, April 25th in the Community Room at Gulf Coast Medical Center, to discuss the ongoing evaluation of converting the health system to a community-focused nonprofit structure. Learn more details here.

Quality & Safety Division


Supporting Lee Health's mission to be a trusted partner, empowering healthier lives through care and compassion. The divisions Strategic Priorities are Sustaining a culture of safety that does no harm and supporting the delivery of high-quality, equitable, evidence-based care.


The Quality and Patient Safety division supports the strategic goals of Lee Health by pursuing the highest standards of safety and healthcare quality with continuous improvement to achieve better health for our patients, staff, and community. The following exist as guiding priorities: Reducing harm that occurs as a result of delivery of healthcare, Ensuring safety through education, monitoring, and process improvement to establish and maintain an environment of safety for all healthcare personnel and patients, Promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices including monitoring of hospital acquired conditions, Identifying and facilitating process improvement initiatives, Monitoring errors and corrective action plans to establish continuous improvement, Developing methods to track and predict quality outcomes, Utilizing national benchmarking certifications and organizations to validate quality targets and opportunities for improvement (Leapfrog, CMS 5 Star, ISO certification).

Stephanie H. Stovall, MD, FAAP, FIDSA  Chief Clinical Officer Hospital-based Care and Quality & Safety


Stephanie H. Stovall, MD, FAAP, FIDSA joined Lee Health in 2011 as an attending physician for pediatric infectious diseases at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. She assumed her role as Chief of Quality and Safety in  2021.  Her previous roles at Golisano Children’s Hospital include: division director of pediatric infectious diseases, medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention, and medical director of quality and patient safety. She also served as president of the medical staff and medical executive committee and as medical director of the antimicrobial stewardship program.  Dr. Stovall believes the foundational principle of quality in healthcare rests first on safety – and true improvement of quality is achieved through continuous evaluation, adjustment, and adaptation. In her words, quality is not a state to achieve, but a continuous target for which to aim.

Before joining Lee Health, Dr. Stovall was an attending physician for pediatric infectious diseases at Arkansas Children’s Hospital where she also served as the medical director of the Clinical Microbiology and Virology Laboratory and co-director of the antimicrobial stewardship team. She earned her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and attained a Master’s Degree in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Dr. Stovall is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.