Lee Memorial refocusing efforts for local health care

By now you may be aware of the following: The Lee Memorial Health System decided that efforts to overcome the opposition of the Agency for Health Care Administration and Naples Community Hospital were probably futile at this time. Here is a statement from Lee Memorial:

“The ECCL leadership and Lee Memorial Health System leadership have committed to collaborate on developing a shared vision which would focus on creating a destination health neighborhood including a consumer-retail oriented healthcare experience that is clinically coordinated and balances medical and support facilities, programs and services. The purpose is to keep people well and reduce the need for repair center medicine.

“This shared vision would include, but not be limited to, developing non-hospitalization programs intended to prepare for population health management, including health and wellness, home health telemonitoring, telemedicine, clinical navigators to help deal with fragmentation of care, growing primary care and certain specialty care programs, chronic care management, behavioral health and senior services.”

The ECCL will be working with Lee Memorial and all the landowners in this vicinity to develop a plan for the development of that area as a full-service, 21st century healthcare delivery system.