Marvin A. Strin, chief executive and vice chairman of Nu-Med, died early Monday and was immediately succeeded as the company's top executive by Chairman Maurice Lewitt, the Encino-based hospital chain said. Strin, who was being treated for cancer at Sherman Oaks Community Hospital, was 56.
Because of Strin's illness, the duties of chief executive had largely been assumed by Lewitt, 55, over the past 18 months. Lewitt retains his title as chairman. The company did not name a new vice chairman.
Strin, Lewitt and Kenneth Rappoport, now Nu-Med's executive vice president, had worked as a team since 1969 at a series of health-care companies. Before the three went to Nu-Med four years ago, they ran Hyatt Medical Enterprises, where Strin was president.
Strin earned a degree in accounting from UCLA in 1952. He served as a senior partner with Strin, Silver and Pecora, a certified public accounting firm, before going into the health-care industry in 1969.
Lewitt graduated from Kent State University in 1951 with a degree in accounting. He completed law school at Ohio State in 1954, and was a practicing lawyer in Beverly Hills from 1956 to 1969. Lewitt was chairman of Hyatt Medical Enterprises before joining Nu-Med.
In the United States, Nu-Med has nine acute-care hospitals with 1,250 licensed beds, four psychiatric hospitals with 381 beds and 11 medical office buildings. It has two acute-care hospitals in England.