Shipley Cardiothoracic Center

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. In 2014, Lee Health created Shipley Cardiothoracic Center to address the management and care of those suffering from heart and lung diseases. Outcomes have vastly improved by using a formalized program to improve a patient’s health before surgery with a multidisciplinary team approach engaging all care providers at all levels. Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is at the forefront of developing techniques that will make a difference for patients and significantly improve their health and vitality.

Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is made possible by a $2.5 million gift by Shipley Foundation, Inc., which is headed by Richard C. Shipley of Sanibel. His hope is that area residents and businesses will join him in supporting this initiative.

“The innovative approach to heart disease, combined with the research and educational components being undertaken by Dr. DiGiorgi and other professionals at the Center will be a life-changing benefit for many in the community and will improve the quality of life for our friends, families and neighbors for generations to come. I hope my gift will motivate and inspire others in the community to consider supporting this worthwhile effort.”

More than 375,000 die from heart disease each year. With your support, we can begin to lower that number and save lives in our community.


Key Facts

  • Focus is improving outcomes through patient care optimization, research, and learning opportunities for clinicians worldwide.
  • Key philosophy regarding patient care optimization is the healthier the patient going into surgery the better the outcome.
  • Considered a minimally invasive center of excellence offering advancements that are nationally recognized, drawing surgeons from across the country for training.
  • Shipley collaborates with local universities and clinical institutions.
  • The Shipley team’s agility in quickly and directly using grant money with little overhead generates greater financial responsibility and efficiency.
  • Specialty services include minimally invasive heart surgery, robotic heart and lung surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement, and hybrid surgery, as well as multidisciplinary treatment programs for valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation.
  • Over 1,000 heart and 400 lung surgeries a year.
Meet Stuart

Meet Stuart

Every doctor refused to perform a risky, but lifesaving procedure. That is, until Stuart met Dr. Paul DiGiorgi.

What’s Your Why?

What’s Your Why?

For Richard C. Shipley, namesake and major benefactor of the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, it was simple...

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To learn more about the Shipley Center, call Lee Health Foundation at 239-214-0898