Kathy Bridge-Liles, MS, NEA-BC, has been named Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Kathy will oversee the hospital’s strategic initiatives, manage day to day operations, and is responsible for its overall performance.
Kathy has been with Lee Memorial Health System for 22 years. Most recently she served as interim CAO for the children’s hospital. Previously she was the vice president of women’s and children’s services.
“Throughout her career, Kathy has demonstrated strong leadership skills and has built solid collaborative relationships with physicians, patients and their families, leadership, staff and co-workers,” says Larry Antonucci, MD, MBA, and Chief Operating Officer of Lee Memorial Health System. “Not only is she well respected and trusted, but she brings an upbeat and positive outlook that exudes care and compassion for the patients and staff she serves.”
Kathy began working as a Pediatric ICU staff nurse at Lee Memorial Hospital over twenty years ago. Throughout her career she has been improving health services for women and children by implementing and improving programs available in Southwest Florida. In addition, she started the State Early Intervention Program in Southwest Florida for children with developmental delays, and opened the Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center, a day care center for children with medical and developmental needs.
Kathy was instrumental in opening the Pediatric ICU at HealthPark Medical Center and its outpatient pediatric oncology program. She is now working closely with the construction management team to design and build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
“I am fortunate to work with people who provide an exceptional experience for our youngest patients and their families. I am also fortunate to be able to do what I love every day and it’s an honor to work with this team as we take pediatric care to the next level with construction of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital,” says Kathy Bridge-Liles.
Kathy is currently on the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors and recently served as a board member for CMS/Island Coast Primary Care.
She is a past executive board chair for Florida’s Healthy Start Coalition and a task force member of the Lee County Local Interagency Coordinating Council.
Kathy earned an Associates of Science in Nursing from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pa.; Bachelor of Professional Studies with a concentration in Health Services and Administration, Barry University, Fort Myers, Fla.; Master of Science in Human Resource Development and Administration, Barry University, Fort Myers, Fla.; and a Certified Nurse Administrator Advanced, American Nursing Credentialing Services. Kathy also completed the Johnson and Johnson Nurse Fellowship Program at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.