FORT MYERS — Lee Health president and CEO Jim Nathan has asked the board of directors to accept his request to relinquish his position and finish the remaining two years of his contract as a resource to the board of directors and senior administration.
The board will discuss Nathan's request, the appointment of an interim president/CEO and a successor plan at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on May 4.
Nathan asked the board to approve his new role as part of his succession plan and because of his desire to work at a different pace, according to a press release.
“The timing feels right to make this transition,” Nathan says in a statement. “I am proud of the impressive team we have assembled and feel that Lee Health is prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing health care delivery system and the 'future world' of coordinated care and population health.”
His new role would be effective June 1 and continue through March 19, 2019, which marks the end of his contract. Nathan will retain benefits but will not be paid additional compensation.
“Jim's legacy to this community cannot be overstated,” says Lee Health Board of Directors Chairman Dr. Sanford Cohen in a statement. “It was his leadership and vision that grew Lee Health from a single hospital to one of the nation's largest public health systems.”
Nathan joined Lee Memorial Hospital in 1975 as an administrative resident. He was promoted to vice president for institutional services in 1976. Nathan was appointed president of Lee Memorial Hospital in 1982. In 1997, he took a consulting role in national health care reform and returned to Lee Health as president and CEO in 2000.