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September 25, 2017 @ 9:30 amFree
You are invited to attend the first meeting of the rejuvenated Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) Healthcare Committee:
Monday, September 25, 2017
at 9:30 a.m.
Estero Fire Rescue Headquarters
21500 Three Oaks Parkway map
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 (ED) to the community, most likely by converting the Bonita Community Health Center to that use.
Lee Health Coconut Point
Fourteen years later the Emergency Department is finally under construction as part of the 163,000 square foot, $140 million Lee Health Coconut Point “everything but a Hospital”, diversified, one stop and user friendly healthcare facility.
One of the primary missions of the new Committee is to work with Lee Health to inform the Estero community about how their healthcare needs can be addressed by the Lee Health Coconut Point facility when it opens its doors a little over a year from now.
Outstanding community support of this facility will hasten the day when Lee Health may once again seek, and hopefully obtain, state approval for the hospital tower that is planned to be added on this site. The facility now under construction is being built to hospital standards in order to speed the addition of a hospital on the site.
ECCL was a founding member of “Healthy Lee” when it was established in 2007 to create a partnership between Lee Memorial, the communities of Lee County and the county’s other healthcare and social service providers. To learn more about Healthy Lee see their website at http://healthylee.com/ .
The Committee needs to promote the goals and programs of Healthy Lee in order to increase the opportunity for Estero residents to improve their Healthy Lifestyles.
In addition we need to learn more about the healthcare needs of our community as revealed by the 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment recently completed by the Healthy Lee Steering Committee and develop programs to address those needs in Estero and south Lee County.
Come and meet the Lee Health staff that are managing and operating these important initiatives at our meeting on the 25th.
After participating in this meeting we hope you will want to join the Committee to work on these healthy initiatives.