Picture this: You grab a gourmet coffee and enjoy live music from the grand piano as you wait for friends to join you for a fun, and tasty, cooking class. Where is this all taking place? Not at the country club but at a medical facility! Welcome to the new Lee Health Coconut Point.
Estero Village Council members, Lee Health executives and members of the media recently got to peek at progress on the 163,500-square-foot health and wellness facility currently under construction south of Coconut Road and east of U.S. 41. The facility should be fully operational by the first week of December, employing 250 at its opening and 350 within 18 months.
Lee Health brought in 10,000 truckloads of fill dirt to raise the elevation by six feet (above the flood zone). Also engineered into the design was a central energy plant built to hospital standards. Lee Health has applied to the State of Florida for a Certificate of Need to build an 80-bed hospital bed tower, which has already been incorporated into the facility’s design in anticipation of future needs.
Here’s what this massive facility will include at its December 2018 opening:
- 24-hour Emergency Center (includes 16 exam rooms and nine rooms for short-stay observation and recovery)
- Surgery center
- Diagnostic imaging
- Breast Health Center
- Cardiac testing
- Rehabilitation services
- Medical offices (primary and secondary care physicians)
Additionally, the Healthy Life Center, currently located at Coconut Point Mall, will relocate to the new facility, where it will gain a demonstration kitchen for healthy cooking classes. The center will continue to offer health screenings, lectures and an array of wellness programs.
“This facility will be very comprehensive,” said Lee Health CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci, who answered questions for Estero Mayor Jim Boesch during the March 9 tour. “It’s an enormous facility, and it’s going to be teeming with people in a few months.”