On February 20, Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) announced it has filed a letter of intent with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to build an 80-bed hospital in Estero to serve the residents of Estero and Bonita Springs.
The proposed hospital will be built on 33 acres owned by the health system adjacent to the Bonita Community Health Center, just south of Coconut Point Mall.
LMHS stated that locating the new hospital in the Estero/Bonita Springs area will provide a balanced distribution of hospital beds throughout Southwest Florida. The health system intends to de-license some unused beds at Lee Memorial Hospital on Cleveland Ave. as part of this application.
LMHS should know by this summer whether or not it will be granted the permit by the state.
ECCL Chairman Emeritus Don Eslick and Bonita Springs Mayor Ben Nelson co-chaired the South Lee County Hospital Committee which has worked so hard to make this happen, along with committee members Scotty Wood and Dave Shellenbarger.