A former Florida trial
lawyer was named the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Martin
Health System this past summer.
Robert L. Lord Jr. was
appointed as the new president and CEO of the Florida-based Martin Health
System on July 11. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was a senior vice
president and chief operating officer of the company. He also served as the
chief legal officer owing to his credentials as a certified health law expert
in the Florida Bar. Lord joined Martin Health System in 1998.
Before joining Martin
Health, Lord was an attorney and shareholder in the Florida law firm Crary Buchanan
Bowdish Bovie Lord & Roby. One of Florida’s Treasure Coast’s oldest law
firms, the company provides services for various areas including cases
involving personal injuries, estate planning, civil litigation, divorce and
family law, bankruptcy, securities arbitration, and real estate.
For his part, Lord
specialized in health care law during his tenure with Crary Buchanan. He represented hospitals, physicians and mental health
providers. Lord also handled cases involving those in the media, such as
newspapers, television, and corporate clients, especially in relation to the
Before focusing his
work in the these areas, Lord was a trial lawyer in civil litigation. His cases generally
included complex commercial and contract litigation suits. He also handled
cases linked to personal injury and wrongful death, professional malpractice
defense, defamation defense, trust and estate litigation, and "fair
hearings" in medical staff credentialing disputes. Lord worked with the
law firm from 1986 to 1998.
Before the announcement
of Lord’s appointment, Martin Health underwent a
rigorous selection process to determine who would be the best person for the
job. Apart from the board of directors, the ad hoc committee that was organized
to participate in the process included the medical staff president, medical
staff president-elect, and the chairman of the Martin Health Foundation Board.
In addition, the company also sought the expertise of Korn Ferry
International, a widely recognized organization focused on executive
succession planning and recruitment.
John Loewenberg, the board chairman at Martin Health, said Lord’s notable
professional contributions in the company have made him the ideal person for
the post to be vacated by Mark Robitaille.
“Rob’s leadership, vision, commitment to excellence and
interpersonal skills position him well to be the new chief executive officer of
Martin Health,” said Loewenberg in a press
release. He added, “During his tenure, Rob has demonstrated proven
executive leadership in numerous roles across the health system. He has
developed a reputation for collaboration with varied stakeholders, relationship
building, sound financial management and a commitment to excellence that is the
hallmark of what Martin Health strives to achieve.”
Loewenberg added, "We are grateful for the leadership and guidance Mark Robitaille
has demonstrated through the years. His presence will continue to resonate
until his retirement and well past that point. We will develop a comprehensive
plan to ensure a smooth transition over the next year."
Lord obtained his juris doctor from the Stetson University
College of Law in 1983. He completed a double major in political science and government and communications at Florida State University in 1980.