Leslie Simmons

Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, LifeBridge Health

As a leader at Carroll Hospital for nearly 20 years, Ms. Simmons has been instrumental in driving the hospital’s outstanding achievements in quality with a focus on accountability and transparency. In addition to her oversight of Carroll Hospital, Ms. Simmons leads Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Northwest Hospital and LifeBridge Health’s Post-Acute Division. Her role also includes systemwide responsibility for Quality as well as the Hospice and Palliative Care, Pharmacy, Laboratory/Pathology, Transport, Food and Nutrition, and Environmental Services divisions.

Ms. Simmons’ strong clinical background — from her more than 30 years of experience in numerous aspects of the health care industry — has been an asset in creating a culture of patient-centered care and uncompromising commitment to high performance through increased participation in statewide collaboratives and best-practice initiatives.

A resident of Westminster, Ms. Simmons earned her associate degree in nursing from Anne Arundel Community College, her Bachelor of Science 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.

Ms. Simmons serves as chair of the Board of Roland Park Place, a continuing care retirement community, and is the past chair of that board's Strategic Planning Committee.

She has held leadership positions in organizations including Maryland Hospital Association and Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives. She also served a five-year term as a commissioner on the governor’s Taskforce for the Nursing Commission and was appointed by the governor to the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council. Ms. Simmons was recognized as one of The Daily Record’s "Top 100 Women in Maryland" in 2018, 2016 and 2012 and was inducted into the Circle of Excellence. She was also named one of The Baltimore Sun's "Top 25 Women to Watch" in 2018.