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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.

Heart Institute Quality and Safety

Your Heart, Our Commitment

At The Heart Institute, our unwavering commitment to you, our patients, is reflected in our focus on quality and safety. Our goal is to enhance the quality and safety of your cardiovascular care, offering you access to the best minds in the field while delivering compassionate, expert care in Southwest Florida. We are here to ensure your journey to heart health is marked by trust, excellence, and an unwavering commitment to your well-being.

With our experienced heart team, it's not just about technology; it's about the human touch in delivering complex care that truly transforms lives. Our team of highly skilled physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals operates with a shared mission: to provide unwavering support to patients navigating the complexities of cardiovascular conditions. Our institute isn't just a medical facility; it's where empathy flourishes, where questions find answers, and where fears dissolve in the face of dedicated care. We believe that healing extends beyond prescriptions, which is why we forge connections that span beyond the hospital walls.

Lee Health System-Wide Quality & Safety

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    Our expert cardiovascular team is the largest and most experienced in Southwest Florida. No matter where you are in your health care journey, our experts are alongside you every step of the way. Click here to learn more about Lee Health Cardiovascular Services.

We take immense pride in our dedication to elevating the quality and safety of cardiovascular care for our patients. This is why we've established an alliance with the Cleveland Clinic's Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, the nation's leader in heart. This stands as a testament to our resolve in providing you with world-class cardiac care right here in Southwest Florida.

The Power of Partnership: Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic Unite

Our alliance with the Cleveland Clinic is more than a collaboration; it's a promise to our patients. Dr. Chazal M.D., MACC, Medical Director of the Center for Quality, Transformation and Innovation (CQTI), one of our esteemed physicians, speaks to the significance of this collaboration, "We are proud of this alliance, as it unites us — one of Florida's leading healthcare providers — with the top-ranked cardiac program in the United States to strengthen the already-strong clinical care at Lee Health while also enabling collaboration on treatments, processes, and protocols."

What does this mean for you? It means that when you entrust us with your cardiovascular needs, you're not just getting exceptional care; you're getting the combined expertise of two medical giants. Our alliance allows us to share clinical and operational best practices, explore innovative projects that enhance quality and efficiency, lower costs, and increase your access to healthcare services. The goal is simple: to provide you with the best cardiac care experience possible.

Physician Collaboration: Your Heart in Expert Hands

At Lee Health, we believe that physician collaboration is the cornerstone of successful healthcare. Dr. Chazal emphasizes that "physician collaboration is essential to the success of the alliance." Through this alliance, our physicians have direct access to the invaluable insights and expertise of their colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic. Whether it's seeking a second opinion or consulting on complex cases, this alliance ensures that your heart health remains our top priority.

It's important to note that while we're partnering closely with the Cleveland Clinic, our physicians and staff remain independent, ensuring continuity and control in your care. This strategic alliance is not about generating referrals to Cleveland Clinic; instead, it's about ensuring you receive the right care, at the right time, from the right experts.

An alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, the nation’s leader in heart care. Lee Health is raising our level of heart care even higher – while earning the reputation as the region’s most trusted cardiovascular team.

Learn more about the Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic strategic alliance

Referrals are not the purpose of this Strategic Alliance. The goal of this Strategic Alliance is to strengthen the already-strong clinical care at Lee Health and enable collaboration on treatments, processes, and protocols. The alliance does provide ability to easily refer patients to one another when appropriate.

Both organizations anticipate a successful, long-term relationship; the Strategic Alliance has an initial term of five years that can be renewed.

The Strategic Alliance offers an opportunity to improve the quality of medical care in our community. Cleveland Clinic has a history of learning from and supporting community physicians who are an integral part of the hospitals in Cleveland Clinic’s affiliate network.  The Strategic Alliance and its associated projects will be implemented in full collaboration with Lee Health’s medical staff physicians.

Physician collaboration is essential to the success of the Strategic Alliance, and this provides Lee physicians easy access to valued colleagues and experts at Cleveland Clinic for input and second opinions.  Cleveland Clinic physicians will not be on staff at Lee Health.

Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic are committed to excellence through patient care and quality outcomes. Patients will benefit from the opportunities that will be provided through new treatments and therapies and accelerated access to the resources of Cleveland Clinic’s expertise.

The Strategic Alliance provides Cleveland Clinic and Lee Health the ability to share clinical and operational best practices, explore opportunities to work together on projects that improve quality and organizational efficiencies, lower cost and increase patient access to health care services.

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Lee Health Heart Institute Press Releases

  • Lee Health’s Dr. Paul DiGiorgi Selected as President of the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons

  • Dr. Malissa Wood Appointed as Lee Health’s Heart Institute’s Vice President and Chief Physician Executive

  • Lee Health Using Cleerly and Artificial Intelligence to Prevent Heart Disease and Faster Predict Many Coronary Concerns