LeeSar/Cooperative Services CEO Bob Simpson says he’ll retire
Bob Simpson, LeeSar/Cooperative Services of Florida Inc. president and CEO, has announced plans to retire after leading the healthcare supply chain think tank for over 15 years. To ensure a seamless leadership transition, he has agreed to remain with the organization and assist in finding a successor.
Mr. Simpson and Jim Nathan, CEO of Lee Health, and LeeSar/CSF board member, made the official announcement to employees at the LeeSar Regional Service Center, 2727 Winkler Ave., Fort Myers, on April 14.
In the late 1990s, the boards of Sarasota Memorial and Lee Health decided on the vision of a shared buying cooperative and distribution business; however, in the early days, the organization struggled. Mr. Nathan, recalls, “At the time Bob was hired in 2002, he told me that he wanted me to be able to sleep at night knowing that not only was the business in good hands but that it would be amazingly successful. Bob’s visionary leadership transformed the company into an award winning and nationally recognized resource that allows member health systems to become more efficient, while also improving patient care. We are all very proud of LeeSar/ CSF and appreciative of Bob’s caring and focused leadership.”
In addition to ensuring high quality service and financial stability for the organization, Mr. Simpson has also developed a culture that focuses on outstanding customer service. LeeSar boasts a near perfect record of a 99 percent fill rate for more than 4,500 stock products, ensuring medical professionals have the tools and supplies needed to deliver high quality care to patients. LeeSar/CSF pricing is among the top 3 percent in the nation when compared to similar sized operations — the result of successfully negotiating with manufacturers directly and researching best practices not only in health care, but other industries as well, to develop innovative supply chain solutions to meet client’s needs.
Under Mr. Simpson’s leadership, LeeSar/CSF has seen 18-20 percent growth annually. The 205,000 squarefoot Regional Service Center is currently under expansion to meet growing demand, adding approximately 100,000 square feet to the facility and 50 new jobs to the area.
“I’ve been blessed to work with some of the greatest minds in business and medicine to bring innovative solutions that improve the care we provide in this community. It’s allowed caregivers to focus on what’s important: the patients,” says Mr. Simpson. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity and I have every confidence that the outstanding leadership in place at LeeSar will continue to fulfill the organization's mission."
Mr. Simpson is heavily involved in local and national charity work. He and his wife, Linda Simpson, are the founders of Project Perfect World, which provides life-changing maxillofacial, dental and orthopedic surgery for children who would not otherwise be able to receive the care they need. A highly skilled group of health care professionals volunteer their time and talents to serving these children.
Among the honors bestowed upon Mr. Simpson throughout his career, the most humbling has been the Path to Peace Award received in December 2015. Bob Simpson and Linda Simpson are the first Americans to be recognized as Servitor Pacis, or Servants of Peace, by the Vatican, for Project Perfect World.
Mr. Simpson serves on the boards of trustees for Hodges University, 5/3 Bank, Hope Hospice and the Editorial Advisory Board of Healthcare Purchasing News.
A graduate of Stonehill College, he will receive an honorary doctorate in May. ¦