Cape Coral News & Notes (May 10, 2017)

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Larry Antonucci, M.D., Named Lee Health President/CEO

The Lee Health Board of Directors has chosen Larry Antonucci, M.D. to succeed Jim Nathan as President/CEO of the health system. Dr. Antonucci has served as system Chief Operating Officer since 2011. He also served as Chief Administrative Officer for Cape Coral Hospital.

Prior to joining Lee Health in 2007, Dr. Antonucci was a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist. In 1983, he co-founded Physicians Primary Care, a large multi-specialty group practice in Lee County, and served as its chief executive officer for many years.

Antonucci replaces Jim Nathan, who is stepping down as President to serve as a resource to the Board of Directors and to Antonucci for the remainder of his contract term, which expires in March 2019.

As COO for Lee Health, Dr. Antonucci has led the patient care team at all Lee Health facilities. His responsibilities have included the operation of all six hospitals within the health system; outpatient facilities; post-acute services; ancillary clinical departments such as Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Laboratory Services, and Radiology/Imaging Services; and physician practices owned by Lee Health. In addition, his duties included developing a physician organization that is a partnership between the system and local physicians which implements a shared vision for health care in the community.

“It’s a privilege to be named CEO and lead an organization that is closely guided by its commitment to the community and passion to deliver care that improves the quality of people’s lives,” Dr. Antonucci said. “I want to thank Jim Nathan for his support and guidance and for everything he has done to embed a caring culture. He has had a tremendous impact on each and every one of us at Lee Health and throughout the community. I am excited about the opportunities that are ahead and look forward to working to achieve them with the Board and the rest of our dedicated team here at Lee Health.”

Dr. Antonucci will assume the role of President/CEO on June 1.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Formerly known as Lee Memorial Health System, the organization began its second century of service with a new name in 2016. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org.

 

Eileen Quinlan joins Spiro & Associates as Senior Account Executive

Eileen Quinlan has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations & Brand Architecture in Fort Myers as a Senior Account Executive, announced CEO Christopher T. Spiro.

She works directly with clients to ensure their marketing goals are being met while coordinating all projects with the appropriate Agency departments.

Quinlan grew up in Central Florida and has lived in Southwest Florida for 20 years. Prior to joining Spiro & Associates, she spent nearly 20 years as a teacher, school administrator and regional director of schools. She has also held several leadership positions including Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Director of Professional Development and Training for charter school management companies.

She earned a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from the University of Notre Dame; a Master of Science degree in English Education at Nova Southeastern University; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications / Radio and Television at the University of Central Florida. Quinlan holds a Florida educator certification in Educational Leadership and Secondary English.

While she is not at work, Quinlan’s interests lie in a variety of activities including yoga, running and cycling. She has participated in multiple 5K-runs, half-marathon relays, and a sprint triathlon. She also enjoys reading and writing, and has recently started a blog.

“With her extensive background and leadership skills, Eileen’s style dovetails nicely with the Agency’s business model,” Spiro said. “Clients are already commenting on her ability to manage their accounts effectively.”

Spiro & Associates is one of Southwest Florida’s largest marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firms. The company serves local, regional and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, retail, real estate, law, marine, business and residential services, the arts, government, healthcare, contractor services and property management. Online at www.spiroandassociates.com, or call (239) 481-5511.

 

Congressman Francis Rooney to host Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on tour of Everglades, Lake Okeechobee watershed

Congressman Francis Rooney will lead a tour of the Everglades and the Lake Okeechobee Watershed, including Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) projects and Everglades National Park, on Tuesday, May 9th. The tour will include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. This tour is intended to highlight the importance of funding projects which have already been approved and designed.

 Congressman Rooney stated “I would like to thank Majority Leader McCarthy for visiting our piece of paradise here in Southwest Florida. The best way to comprehend the beauty and importance of our Everglades and the Lake Okeechobee watershed is to see it first hand, and I am thankful to him for taking time away from his other responsibilities to be here.”

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