About our Board
About our Board of Directors
The citizens of Lee County own and operate Lee Health through a publicly elected Board of Directors. The Board's primary function is to carry out the mission of Lee Health.
Among the Board's duties are:
- Adopt an annual budget and provide for an annual financial audit
- Set goals and objectives for the system through strategic planning
- Hire a system president for implementing these goals and objectives
- Monitoring the work of the administration to ensure goals and objectives are achieved
The Board holds regularly scheduled monthly meetings and convenes committee meetings to hear goals, objectives and recommendations from the system's administrative and medical staffs.
Lee Health (Lee Memorial Health System) 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 10 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 today oversees acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, a children's hospital, skilled nursing facilities, a multi-specialty physician group, and various subsidiaries and sub-agencies.
Lee Health is the largest public not-for-profit health care system in Florida with no taxing power and no direct tax support. Lee Health maintains low charges and financial viability through prudent purchasing, efficient delivery of care, philanthropic support and effective fiscal management.