Health

Health Committee

The ECCL Health Committee meets monthly.

Goals

Cooperate with local health providers to identify needed preventive and health care services.

Foster two way communication between local health care providers and south  Lee county residents regarding health issues and programs.

Assist Lee Health Coconut Point operate a patient-centric facility that will focus on the health needs of all individuals in the region.

Vision

Estero and Southwest Florida will be the healthiest community in Florida in which to live, work, play and learn.

Mission

To create a physical, social and economic environment that will foster good health outcomes. To encourage the establishment of local high quality health facilities to meet the wellness and treatment needs of our community.

Health Committee Member Survey

Let the Health Committee know about your skills, experience, and the ways you can help us promote health opportunities in Estero.

History

The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) first formed its Hospital Committee in 2003 when Lee Memorial Healthcare System, now Lee Health, purchased about 30 acres of vacant land in Coconut Point just south of Coconut Road and Dillard’s Department Store.

Immediately thereafter Jim Nathan, then Lee’s CEO, was invited to speak to an ECCL meeting and stated that it was their intention to build a hospital on the site in about 10 years. In the meantime we could work together to bring a 24/7 Emergency Department to the community, most likely by converting the Bonita Community Health Center to that use.

In 2009 the ECCL worked with the City of Bonita Springs to form the South Lee County Hospital Committee. Over the years this Committee worked to extend the hours of operation of the Bonita Community Health Center (BCHC) and to support Lee’s effort to gain the State Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA)
permission to build a hospital in Coconut Point.

Since that application was denied by the state the Committee has worked with Lee Health, formerly Lee Memorial, to assess the unmet healthcare needs of south Lee County and to build a large, 160,000 square foot highly diversified “one stop shop” healthcare facility with a 21st Century patient oriented delivery system, a 24/7 Emergency Department and a Healthy Living Educational section, all tied together by a single check-in center and an integrated health record system.

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