Healthcare in So. Lee County
Read recent updates on efforts to extend emergency
and hospital care in South Lee County, Florida..
Healthcare options in
South Lee County, Florida are growing quickly both in the range
and depth of quality services available. The purpose of this web site is to
assist residents and visitors in assessing and preparing for their health care
while in South Lee County, Florida. We are not attempting to promote any service providers
over others - we are just trying to provide information for healthcare patrons
in the area.
What Health Care facilities and doctors are available in South Lee County, Florida?
We have prepared a comparative list of
urgent care facilities in the immediate
area, which fill various needs in a community which does not yet have a full
hospital. From urgent care to preventive well-care, South Lee County offers
health care for everyone. Use our list of facilities
and doctors to begin your research.
Current Emergency Services
The closest hospitals (and emergency rooms) are about 10 miles from the
center of South Lee County. The community has actively and consistently advised
legislators about the need for a freestanding emergency room in the South Lee
However, current Florida legislation prohibits, or severely restricts, these
kinds of facilities. The community does have Urgent Care facilities, but these
are not emergency rooms and have to transport emergency cases (by ambulance or
helicopter) to a local hospital.
There are two major healthcare systems in the area which run the closest
hospitals: Lee Memorial Health System
in Lee County and NCH
Healthcare System in Collier County. Lee Memorial owns property in Estero,
but does not currently have a South Lee County hospital in its 10 year plan. The Estero
Council of Community Leaders is actively pursuing several means of preparing the
community for its expanding healthcare needs.
Regular meetings with the City of Bonita
Springs on common issues has included health care options as a top priority.
The community also recently completed a
visioning process to plan
for the needs of Estero's health care. One of the conclusions of these
meetings was the need for comprehensive information about local health care
options. This web site section is designed to be such a source of information.
Compare Hospitals: The US Dept. of Health and Human Services provides an
comparison tool for hospitals.
What should I do before coming to South Lee County to ensure timely, quality health
Many South Lee County, Florida residents live
elsewhere many months of the year and have relationships with physicians in
other parts of the country. A few, brief preparations can ensure consistent,
timely and quality health care provision during a stay in South Lee County. See our checklist for what to do and bring
before you head south.
What does the future hold for
South Lee County's health care?
The population of South Lee County has boomed in recent years and the health
care providers are filling our healthcare needs in new ways each year. In
addition to new urgent care facilities, practices and laboratories; the
residents of South Lee County are actively pursuing the goal of having a hospital located
within the community. You can
read more about our progress.
*While we make every effort to provide accurate and comprehensive
information, this field changes rapidly and those changes may not be immediately
reflected on this site. We are not liable for missing or inaccurate information
- see our disclaimer.
What is the South Lee County Hospital Committee?
The mission of the Committee is the establishment of a
Community Hospital to serve our communities’ healthcare needs as soon as
possible and a 24/7 free-standing emergency department during the period
prior to the hospital’s opening.
· To develop, in the immediate future, a
quality free-standing emergency care facility in our community that will be
operational seven days a week, 24 hours a day and,
· To plan for the building of a full-service, community based inpatient hospital
consisting of the required number of beds to serve the populations of Estero,
other areas of south