Special Olympics Florida

Fort Myers hospital executive joins Special Olympics Florida Board of Directors

Chief Administrative Officer of Outpatient Services for Lee Health and longtime Special Olympics Florida volunteer continues his service to the beloved organization with new role.

Special Olympics Florida announced David Cato, Chief Administration Officer of Outpatient Services for Lee Health, as its newest member of the Board of Directors. Cato started volunteering with the Special Olympics during college and, for the last six years, has served as a Clinical Director for Special Olympics Florida Healthy Athletes.

“I’m honored to sit on the board of an organization that encourages inclusion and supports equal opportunities and access to health care for people with intellectual disabilities,” said David Cato. “Through this new role, I hope to bring awareness to the community about Special Olympics Florida and the significant impact it has on so many lives throughout the state.”

In 2018, Cato was awarded Florida’s top Special Olympics health honor, the Golisano Health Leadership Award, for his extraordinary efforts and dedication to improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities and advancing the health work of Special Olympics.

As the Chief Administrative Officer of Outpatient Services for Lee Health, Cato oversees the strategic, operational, and clinical direction for outpatient services and other post-acute and rehabilitation areas of Lee Health. Cato also serves as part of the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida leadership team to provide enhanced access to outpatient services in the community. This native Floridian and University of Florida graduate has a long history of volunteering in the community and giving back to his profession. He has volunteered coaching numerous youth sports over the past 25 years including football, basketball, baseball and soccer. For the past six years, Cato has served as a Clinical Director for Special Olympics Florida Healthy Athletes overseeing FUNfitness which provides physical therapy screenings for the participating athletes at local, area, and state events.