Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases locally, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce has pivoted its scheduled in-person September business meeting to a free virtual format on Wednesday, Sep. 15, at 12 p.m. with speaker Stephanie Stovall, chief quality and patient safety officer with Lee Health. She will be providing a system update on Lee Health, while discussing what we can expect for the upcoming season and making business recommendations for members who deal heavily with the public. Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel Island will sponsor the meeting.


Dr. Stovall leads the health system’s response to COVID-19 as its scientific liaison and infection prevention expert. She is in charge of patient safety error prevention and assessment, quality improvement and standardization, national hospital grading and benchmarking, and conformance risk assessments with Lee Health. Dr. Stovall joined the staff of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in 2011 as an attending physician for pediatric infectious diseases. She assumed her chief position in January of 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. She often appears in the

media to address topics like vaccines, antibiotics, and COVID-19.


A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Infectious Diseases Society of

America, Dr. Stovall 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’s qualifications and various roles past and present with Lee Health qualify her as a top expert in what we are dealing with right now with the latest iteration of the coronavirus’ impact on our community,” said John Lai, chamber president and chief executive officer. “This is information we all need to hear as we figure out where we are going and how to deal with the latest medical crisis in the workplace.”


The Sanibel-Captiva chamber will send its members Zoom invitations to register for the virtual event. When members RSVP, they will receive a link to the Zoom meeting in advance. For more information about joining the meeting, contact Landen Drake, communications and marketing manager, at 239-472-8255 or [email protected].



The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting the prosperity of its members and preserving the quality of life of our community. With more than 460 active Chamber members from both islands and businesses from Lee and Collier counties, the Chamber plays a key role in facilitating communication and cooperation between business, residents, and government to enhance the economic health of the islands. The Francis P. Bailey, Jr., Chamber Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Sanibel Island and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. VISIT FLORIDA named the visitor center one of 13 official Florida Certified Tourism Information Centers in the state. It is open 365 days a year and provides comprehensive information about things to do, places to visit, and where to stay, shop, and dine. The chamber website sanibel-captiva.org receives more than 1.3 million website visits per year.


For more information about the chamber, visit sanibel-captiva.org or contact Landen Drake, communications and marketing manager, at 239-472-8255 or [email protected].