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Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) is committed to providing a one-of-a kind health and wellness destination at Coconut Point by 2017, as demonstrated in the recent release of their vision statement.

They are proposing a 24/7 free-standing ER with surgery center, which will provide most of the services of a hospital except acute care.  Current state law allows patients to stay up to 23 hours in this type of facility.

LMHS is dedicating $140 million to this project, which will be a mixed-use design that will combine medical services and a health life center. One of the key considerations is a significant focus on seniors’ well-being, diagnostics and disease management.

Current plans call for it to include a surgery center, rehab center, imaging, chronic disease management and doctors’ offices.

A request for proposals from architects and a construction manager will go out in the next couple of weeks for the project located on 33 acres at Coconut Road near the Bonita Community Health Center and US 41.

In addition, there are two other developments under construction in that area.  One is a 200+ unit assisted living facility.  Another development underway, further north on the west side of US41, will include a 54-bed memory unit.  Physicians Regional also has a facility in this area, so the “healthcare neighborhood” is taking shape.