The president and chief executive of Broward Health, Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, died Saturday, officials with the public health system in northern Broward County confirmed.
According to a Sun Sentinel report quoting the Broward Sheriff’s office, El Sanadi shot and killed himself.
“We are deeply saddened by this devastating loss and our prayers go out to his family at this time,” said a statement from David DiPietro, Chairman of the Broward Health Board of Commissioners.
The Sun Sentinel report said that BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright confirmed it was a self-inflicted shooting.
El Sanadi was appointed to the top job in December 2014 to succeed Frank Nask, who was retiring.
Previously, he was a practicing emergency medicine physician at Broward Health Medical Center and the chief of emergency medicine for Broward Health and was chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine.
He stepped into the job at a time when Broward Health had been under investigation by the federal government involving allegations that it colluded with doctors to submit tens of millions of dollars in bogus claims to Medicare and Medicaid.