Longtime Lee Health President and CEO Jim Nathan on Thursday announced his intention to relinquish his position.
He will finish the two years of his contract as a resource to the Lee Health board of directors. The new role would become effective June 1 and continue through the end of Nathan’s contract, March 19, 2019. Nathan will retain benefits and accrued benefits but will not be paid any additional compensation.
Nathan has served in his post for more than 30 years, during which Lee Health—formerly Lee Memorial Health System—grew from one location near downtown Fort Myers to eight facilities, including hospitals and outpatient centers and doctor’s offices.
“Jim’s legacy to this community cannot be overstated. It was his leadership and vision that grew Lee Health from a single hospital to one of the nation’s largest public health systems,” said Sanford Cohen, M.D., chairman of the Lee Health board of directors, in a news release.