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LMHS announces new Board of Directors

By Staff | Jan 13, 2010

Lee Memorial Health System is proud to announce the 2010 officers of the LMHS Board of Directors elected in this year’s Annual organizational business meeting.

Richard Akin, District 2, will continue as Board Chairman. Akin has 35 years of health care management experience and has served for the past 26 years as the president and CEO of Collier Health Services, Inc., a not-for-profit, primary health care provider in Collier County.

Marilyn Stout, District 1, serving as this year’s Vice-chairman, is a former Lee County Republican State Committee Woman, former Cape Coral City Council member, and has served as Chamber of Commerce Director, Chair of Membership Development and Government Affairs. Stout has served as Chairman of the Cape Coral Charter School Governing Board, Liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Tourist Development Council, and as Chair of the Lee County Transportation Disadvantaged Commission. Stout served as LMHS Board Treasurer last year.

Dawson McDaniel, District 4, is the new Treasurer of the Board of Directors. A third generation Lee County native, McDaniel is the owner and president of Dawson McDaniel Realty, Inc. and a member of the Board of Realtors, Greater Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach.

Linda Brown, MSN, ARNP, continues as Board Secretary in 2010. Brown is a family nurse practitioner and served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Reserve Officer until April 2002 and has been a registered nurse since 1977.

Jim Nathan, LMHS President, noted that LMHS is the largest community-owned health system in Southwest Florida and is the fifth largest public health system in the United States.

“The responsibility these board officers bear is testament to their commitment to the well-being of our community. Each director is dedicated to pursuing safe and efficient patient care for the people of Southwest Florida,” said Nathan. “They consistently keep patients and their families as the center of our efforts to improve quality and provide a positive patient experience. We cherish and appreciate the dedication of these directors.”

The citizens of Lee County own and operate LMHS through a publicly elected Board of Directors. The Board holds regularly scheduled monthly meetings and convenes weekly committee meetings to hear goals, objectives and recommendations from the System’s administrative and medical staffs.