The Proven Leader We Need Now

Lee Health needs David Klein more than ever. With more than 30 years of experience, he is a proven leader of mission-driven, financially successful health care delivery systems and health insurance companies.

Unmatched Experience & Passion

There is no one else on the ballot or Hospital Board who has the expertise that David Klein has. He gained valuable experience by serving as CEO, director or advisor to many health care companies. He has a demonstrated track of success leading health care delivery and insurance organizations. David Klein is a proven national leader who can fill this critical role. Here are just a few examples of why he is the most qualified candidate for Hospital Board:
  • More than 10 years as CEO of a multi-billion-dollar, not-for-profit health insurance company and delivery system
  • Deep experience as a board leader, member and advisor for both not-for-profit and for- profit health care companies and delivery systems nationwide
  • Experience with Lee Health, serving as an active member of the Lee Health Finance and Investment Committee and unpaid advisor to senior management
  • Demonstrated compassion for his community through distinguished leadership of nonprofits including United Way, American Cancer Society and Boy Scouts

Leadership for the Future

Enhancing quality and service while managing expense is what health care business leaders like David Klein do. And it has never been more important to balance access to quality health care with strong financial stewardship. David Klein’s plans will help Lee Health management to:
  • Manage the ongoing impact of COVID-19 to assure both strong health care and financial performance
  • Pursue the vision of creating a Southwest Florida health system deeply involved in providing excellent care for our community
  • Become the health care system of choice for doctors, nurses and other caregivers
  • Assure care is uniformly high quality and delivered efficiently at all sites of care
  • Expand mental health and substance abuse services

David Klein at a Glance

  • 30-plus-year career leading numerous health care and insurance companies
  • Served as CEO of a multi-billion-dollar insurance company with almost 2 million members
  • Served as CEO of health care delivery system with over 140,000 patients
  • Outstanding governance experience serving as chair, lead director or member of the boards of many not for profit and for profit health care companies
  • Passionate about delivering quality care to all while assuring strong financial performance
  • Professor or advisor to graduate programs in health administration at leading universities
  • Dedicated to serving his community, with a long history of volunteer leadership roles
  • Bonita Springs resident since 2005

A Heart for His Community

David Klein has a passion for advocating for broad access to affordable, compassionate and excellent health care for everyone. In fact, the health care company he led as CEO had among the lowest health insurance premiums in the country but was nationally recognized for high quality care provided. In addition:

  • He served as a national leader in the not-for-profit health care sector, including as chair of the BlueCross BlueShield Not-for-Profit Leadership Council and a member of the Alliance for Not-for-Profit Health Care
  • To honor David’s dedication to appropriate end-of-life care, upon his retirement, his company created the David H. Klein Center for Compassion and Healing

A Head for Health Care Innovation

Throughout his career, David Klein has focused on the future of health care and innovation. He seeks out inventive solutions to health care administration challenges. For example, he:

  • Led the creation of the country’s first Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) health insurance products – now the most popular choice of health insurance options
  • Worked for equality in health insurance benefits for mental health and substance abuse needs
  • Is a sought-after director and advisor for health care-related venture capital and private equity funds