Hundreds Attend Groundbreaking of Lee Health – Coconut Point

163,500-square-foot medical campus will bring much-needed health care services to South Lee County

(Fort Myers, Fla. – May 18, 2017) --- Community leaders, board members, executives and staff from Lee Health, and construction partners celebrated the groundbreaking and start of construction on Lee Health – Coconut Point today. A crowd of about 200 South Lee residents and supporters gathered at the 31-acre site on the corner of Coconut Road and Health Center Boulevard in Estero.

Lee Health – Coconut Point will be a comprehensive health and wellness destination in South Lee County offering a broad array of medical services across the continuum of care. The facility, which will open in fall 2018, will feature a freestanding, 24-hour emergency department; surgery center, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pharmacy, breast health center, cardiac testing and rehabilitation services. Lee Health – Coconut Point will also include short stay observation and recovery beds, a medical office complex for primary and specialty care physicians, and the Healthy Life Center—which connects residents and visitors to valuable health screenings, lectures, programs and services, and health care providers.

“South Lee County has needed better access to health care, and the community has been looking for a partner in health and wellness,” explains Alex Greenwood, Vice President, Lee Health – Coconut Point. “We are excited to move forward with this project that will not only be a beautiful facility, but will also provide valuable health and wellness services.”

Jim Nathan, Lee Health President; Sanford Cohen, M.D., Chairman, Lee Health Board of Directors; Jim Boesch, Mayor of the Village of Estero; Don Eslick, Chairman, Estero Council of Community Leaders; Dave Kistel, Vice President, Facility Management, Lee Health and Alex Greenwood addressed the crowd and talked about the commitment to the community and the value of partnership to build this innovative facility.


Manning the shovels at the Lee Health Coconut Point groundbreaking (l to r):

John DeAngelis, DeAngelis Diamond; Dave Cato, Kris Fay, and Kevin Newingham, Lee Health; Skip Leonard, Lee Health Foundation; Alex Greenwood, Dr. Larry Antonnuci and Jim Nathan, Lee Health; Donna Clarke and Therese Everly, Lee Health Board of Directors; Dave Kistel, Lee Health; Village of Estero Mayor Jim Boesch; Dr. Sanford Cohen, Lee Health Board Chairman; Don Eslick, Estero Council of Community Leaders; Lisa Sgarlata and Suzanne Bradach, Lee Health, and Jeff Rausch, FLAD Architects.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at

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