Chief Administrative Officer for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Kathy Bridge-Liles has responsibility for the oversight of strategy and operations for Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. Kathy works closely with Dr. Emad Salman and the leadership team with regard to pediatric community outreach and regional networking.
Kathy has been a member of the Lee Memorial Health System family for 23 years, leading the day-to-day operations and supporting services and programs for the children and families of Southwest Florida.
Kathy has oversight of strategy and operations for Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. She has worked with service line development and implementation, development of ancillary services and the successful management of business operations. She has sound leadership skills and the ability to creatively collaborate with executives, staff, and physicians to achieve organizational goals.
Kathy's areas of expertise include clinical and administrative health care. She worked as a health care administrator for Germantown Medical Center in Pennsylvania and as a registered nurse in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units and obstetrics.
At Lee Memorial Health System, Kathy has worked as the Director for the Early Intervention Program (1993-1996); Director, Children's Hospital Extended Care Center (1996-1997); and as the Director, Pediatric Outpatient Programs, (1997-2001).
She worked as the Executive Director of Patient Care Services (2001-2005) for The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida; and as the Vice President, Women & Children's Services (2005-2013) at HealthPark Medical Center.
She became the Interim Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in May, 2013. Her expertise includes service line development and implementation, expansion of ancillary services and in successful management of business operations. She has sound leadership skills and the ability to creatively collaborate with executives, staff, and physicians to achieve organizational goals.
She has developed and implemented lasting changes in our pediatric health care service line to improve patient safety, and patient flow and throughput, by creating virtual beds that represented a $13 million cost avoidance; and set goals, established operating policies, procedures and strategic plans to hold the gains.
She assumes overall administrative responsibility for managing the hospital's internal and external relationships to assure achievement of strategic and operating goals and is responsible for all clinical, administrative, financial and physical plant activities. She successfully manages an annual $40 million operating budget.
Kathy led an 18-month initiative with architectural firms HKS (preliminary plans) and FKP (final design), along with a team of more than 160 hospital staff, to design a 300,000 square-foot children's tower. The new facility was designed with streamlined adjacencies to the original health care facility. She presented the HKS collaborative experience at the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) in 2011.
Kathy earned an Associate of Science in Nursing from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pa; Bachelor of Professional Studies with a concentration in Health Services & 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 Nurses Credentialing Services. Kathy also completed the Johnson and Johnson Nurse Fellows Program at Wharton School of Business at the University Of Pennsylvania in 2008.
Kathy is a licensed registered nurse by the states of Florida and Pennsylvania.
Kathy is a board member for the Ronald MacDonald House, and is board member for CMS/Island Coast Primary Care.
She has volunteered with the Regional Children's Mental Health Council, the Lee County Zero to Five Delinquency Prevention Committee, Lee County Community Assessment Center, and has been an advisory board member for Lee County ChildWatch Initiative.
She is a past executive board member for Florida's Healthy Start Coalition and a task force member of the Lee County Local Interagency Coordinating Council.