Ryan Lee has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer of Coastal Carolina Hospital, the hospital where he served in one of his first healthcare leadership roles almost a decade ago, effective April 4. In this role, Lee will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at Coastal Carolina Hospital.
“With a proven track record of success in growing quality programs, some of which he helped build at Coastal Carolina, this appointment is truly a homecoming for Ryan,” said Joel C. Taylor, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare’s Chief Executive Officer. “He is a proven leader with community commitment to this area, and he is dedicated to ensuring patients receive the highest quality care and service at our hospital.”
Lee’s career started at Tidelands Health in South Carolina, where he served as an administrative resident. From there, he began his tenure at Tenet Healthcare, Coastal Carolina’s parent company in 2013, where he served as Coastal Carolina’s director of physician services.
He was promoted to associate administrator of Coastal Carolina, where he made a noteworthy impact in several key areas. He was involved with a number of crucial growth and development projects, including the expansion of the Women’s Pavilion, the addition of the MRI suite and the renovation of the operating room.
Lee then went on to serve as the COO of West Boca Medical Center, a sister facility in Florida, where he expanded the surgical services department and led a program to improve patient satisfaction. For the last three years, Lee served as the COO of LewisGale Medical Center in Virginia, where he oversaw emergency and surgical services, started a TAVR program, and launched a new trauma service.
Lee is a graduate of the Tenet Leadership Academy, a 15-month senior leader development program that brings together a small class of high-potential clinicians, administrators and corporate office employees. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He received his Master’s in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clemson University.
“I am delighted to return to the Lowcountry, and look forward to being an integral part of further advancing healthcare offerings in this community,” Lee said. “My family and I are so excited to have this opportunity to return to our roots.”
Coastal Carolina Hospital (CCH), a part of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, is a 41-bed acute care hospital located at 1000 Medical Center in Hardeeville. Opened in 2004, CCH joined the healthcare system in 2007 and serves patients in Bluffton, Okatie, Hardeeville and surrounding counties.
Coastal Carolina Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and honored with Leapfrog’s “A” Hospital Safety Score. To learn more about Coastal Carolina and Tidewatch Emergency Department, visit hiltonheadregional.com.