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Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) is a public health care system created by special act of the Florida Legislature, Ch. 2000-439, Laws of Florida, Special Acts, 2000.

Formerly known as Hospital Board of Directors of Lee County, LMHS is a special purpose unit of local government. It is classified as an independent special district under the laws of Florida. The original Enabling Act (Chapter 63-1552, Laws of Florida, Special Act, 1963) was enacted in 1963 and amended several times since 1963. Chapter 2000-439 constitutes a codification required by Florida Law and is the current Enabling Act.

The Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors is the governing board and operates pursuant to the Enabling Act. The governing board consists of ten (10) members who are elected on a nonpartisan basis by a vote of the electorate of the county at large. Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to the public. Notice is given and minutes are recorded in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Laws.

The health system includes four acute care hospital locations, Cape Coral Hospital, Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, and Gulf Coast Medical Center as well as other healthcare facilities and services, which include a home health agency, a nursing home, outpatient treatment and diagnostic centers, physician offices, a children's hospital and a rehabilitation hospital. Certain of these operations are carried out through sub-agencies for administrative purposes and are not incorporated under the corporation laws of Florida. Other system operations are carried out through subsidiary corporations or joint ventures.

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