Stephen Winjum, who founded ambulatory surgery center company NovaMed in March 1995 and served as its chairman, president and CEO, died March 30 from complications of a heart attack days before. He was 41.
Robert Kelly, a board member, will serve as the presiding director of the board in Winjum's absence, and senior managers will report to him until a permanent replacement is found.
Chicago-based NovaMed acquires, develops and operates ambulatory surgery centers in partnership with physicians. NovaMed has ownership interests in 26 surgery centers in 14 states.
Before joining NovaMed, Winjum had co-founded an optical laboratory business in Chicago. Previously, he was a lawyer with Latham & Watkins and Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman.