Lee Memorial to build new hospital in Bonita
Fort Myers, Fla. – Lee Memorial Health System announced today it has filed a letter of intent with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to build an up to 80-bed hospital on Coconut Road to serve the residents of Bonita Springs and Estero.
The proposed hospital will be built on 33 acres owned by the health system, located just south of Coconut Point mall and adjacent to the Bonita Community Health Center.
“We purchased the land during the boom years with the intent of one day building a hospital on it, but the economic downturn slowed those plans,” says Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System.
Locating the new hospital in the geographic area of Bonita Springs/Estero 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.
Locating the hospital on this site has the added advantage of nearby medical services. Also in this same area, Lee Memorial Health System operates the Bonita Springs Community Health Center in a joint venture with NCH Healthcare. It offers a wide spectrum of health services, including urgent care, physician offices, diagnostic testing and same day surgery.