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Hospital system names board chairman

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FORT MYERS — Lee Memorial Health System, the nation's fourth-largest public health system, named Sanford Cohen as chairman and Chris Hansen as vice chairman of the board of directors.

With more than 11,000 employees, Lee Memorial operates four acute-care hospitals and two specialty hospitals, as well as outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers and primary care and specialty physician offices.

Cohen is the former chair of the pediatrics department at Wayne State University School of Medicine and chief of pediatrics for the Children's Hospital of Michigan. He also served as dean and the university's provost before retiring as a professor. Cohen served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Hansen is a lifelong resident of Lee County with a degree in emergency medical technology from Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College.) Hansen retired as deputy director of Lee County Public Safety and chief of emergency medical services after nearly 30-years in public service and health care.

In addition, mortgage banker David Collins will serve as treasurer and retired travel agent and real estate professional Diane Champion will serve as secretary. The board consists of 10 officials from five districts who are elected by residents of Lee County in staggered four-year terms.

“We appreciate the officers' level of involvement and we are thankful to have such an accomplished group working to further our commitment to provide the highest quality care,” says Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System, in a statement.


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