Lee Health has numerous projects in the works to address health care needs in fast-growing Cape Coral.
They range from adding physician offices so more specialty services are closer to home for residents, including pediatric care, to expansions at Cape Coral Hospital, according to Dave Kistel, vice president and chief facilities executive.
The board for the publicly-operated hospital system recently approved a contract amendment to expand the Surfside Medical Facility at Veterans Parkway and Surfside Boulevard. The total project cost is $10.4 million and is targeted for completion in January 2024.
The phase-two project involves adding 15,000 square feet of space to the two-story outpatient complex.
Specialists employed by Lee Physician Group in orthopedics, endocrinology, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine will go into the new space.
Lee Physician Group currently does not have specialists in orthopedics or endocrinology in Cape Coral so that will become a first in both fields, Kistel said. Rheumatologists have been part time and will become available full time, he said. Outpatient-based rehabilitation medicine has been available at Cape Coral Hospital but is maxed out so the expansion at Surfside will offer a second location.
Overall the expansion of Surfside will mean some patients won’t need to commute to Fort Myers for specialty care with Lee Physician Group and wait times to see other specialists will improve, Kistel said.
Cape Coral Growing By Leaps And Bounds
Cape Coral and its geographic area of 120 square miles has faced steady population growth and is now the eighth largest city in Florida with 204,510 residents, up from 154,305 residents in 2010. City leaders in 2021 projected 50-year growth to 430,000 residents.
Source: Naples Daily News