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.