How to: Show Your Support to Build a Community Hospital at Coconut Point

Dear Estero/Bonita Springs resident,

Sometime during the next couple months a State of Florida Administrative Law Judge will recommend approval or denial of Lee Memorial’s application to build an 80 bed hospital (expandable to 200 beds) in Coconut Point, just south of the Dillard’s department store. No matter what she recommends, the final decision will subsequently be made by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Florida law does not allow us to communicate with AHCA on this matter so we need to mount a massive show of support for the hospital to Governor Scott, who appoints the leadership of AHCA.

As you know gaining approval for this hospital has been made most difficult by the strong opposition of the Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Healthcare System, a Collier County institution, and the home of Governor Scott.

In 2013, when Lee Memorial first filed an application for a south Lee County Hospital, NCH opposed it and the application was denied by AHCA. As a result Lee Memorial was forced to spend nearly $500,000 to appeal that denial.

We need your help if we are to convince the Governor his health care agency should approve this hospital for south Lee County.

The first thing you can do is go to the following website and email the Governor a letter…

http://esterotoday.com/call-to-action/

Secondly, join our team of active supporters and organize more support for the hospital by taking some or all of the actions listed on the Support Generation Summary.

If you want to know more about all the health care improvements that Lee Memorial has planned for our area, please read the attached Lee Memorial position paper. The residents of south Lee County are quite fortunate to have such a committed, quality health care partner as Lee Memorial.

Thanks for your help.

Don Eslick, Co-chair
South Lee County Hospital Committee

For more information on the hospital click on
http://www.esterofl.org/EsteroLife/healthcare/updates.htm

2 thoughts on “How to: Show Your Support to Build a Community Hospital at Coconut Point

    • No, because this one won’t have an ER, at least when built. But it’s a start, a step in the right direction, and eventually we will have closer, life saving, emergency services.

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