Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
As a leader at LifeBridge Health, Leslie Simmons has turned her attention recently to the importance of staffing and staff resiliency.
She wants the health system to reimagine how it provides care in an environment of the “great resignation.”
“We’re learning how to reignite the passion of our people and learn how to respond to the staff needs in new and different ways, thus enabling them to care for our patients in the best manner possible,” Simmons said.
Simmons, who has been a leader at Carroll Hospital for more than 20 years, already has a proven track record of meeting challenges, such as growing Carroll Hospital’s services to the community. She also worked on merging Carroll Hospital into LifeBridge Health.
And most recently she helped lead the COVID pandemic response for their health system, finding innovative solutions without an established “playbook.”
Simmons set up the first drive-thru testing center in Maryland, purchased sewing machines from Amazon and opened up a sewing factory to make isolation gowns and masks, and opened a vaccine center for employees and the community. It administered more than 100,000 vaccines in a few months.
Simmons counts raising her two daughters, now both nurses, among her successes.
Simmons earned her associate degree in nursing from Anne Arundel Community College, her bachelor’s in nursing and Master of Management Administration from the Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the Governor’s Task Force for the Crisis in Nursing.