Memorial Health System
and Lee County Trauma Services District
Board of Directors
Sanford Cohen, MD -
Chris Hansen -
David Collins - District 3
Diane Champion -
Lee Memorial Health System,
one of Florida's largest public health care systems, is led by a
publicly elected Board of Directors. The Primary goal of these
elected officials is to carry out the mission and vision of the
Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS).
LMHS was founded in 1912.
The first hospital opened in 1916 and the existing site was
built in 1943. The hospital became a special unit of government
in 1963 and continues to work under the Enabling Legislation,
modified through years by the Florida Legislature.
The Board consists of ten
publicly elected officials. Two officials are elected from each
of our five districts. Members are elected on four year
staggered terms by the citizens of Lee County.
The Board holds regularly
scheduled meetings on a monthly basis. Committee meetings are
held to hear goals, objectives and recommendations from the
Administrative and Medical staffs.
The duties of the Board
include setting goals and objectives for the System, hiring a
System President for implementing these goals, and monitoring
the work of the administration to ensure to goals and objectives
are being achieved.
The Board today oversees
five acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, a
children's hospital, a skilled nursing facility, a
multi-specialty Physician group and various subsidiaries and
sub-agencies. The Board members also pursue projects and
educational efforts through the department.
LMHS is the largest public
not-for-profit health care system in Florida with no taxing
power and no direct tax support while maintaining low charges
and financially viability through prudent purchasing, efficient
delivery of care, philanthropic support and effective fiscal