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Press Frequently Asked Questions   (updated 1/28/13)

  • As a reporter, how do I get information?
    Contact the Media Relations Office at 239-343-4801 during normal business hours, (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

    After normal business hours and on weekends:
    Lee Memorial Hospital                   239-343-2000 HealthPark Medical Center            239-343-5000 Cape Coral Hospital                      239-424-2000 Gulf Coast Medical Center             239-343-1000 IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS A REPORTER, and ask for the nursing supervisor.

  • How are Patient Conditions defined by the American Hospital Association:

    • Undetermined
      Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment.
    • Good
      Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable.
    • Fair
      Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable.
    • Serious
      Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill.
    • Critical
      Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious.

  • How many beds does Lee Memorial Health System have?
    We have a total of 1,423 beds. Cape Coral Hospital has 291 beds; Gulf Coast Medical Center has 349 beds; HealthPark Medical Center and The Children's Hospital of SW Florida combined have 368 beds; Lee Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Hospital combined have 415 beds. HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center has 112 beds which is not included in the total count of 1,423 hospital beds.

  • How old is Lee Memorial Health System?
    The System of Lee Memorial Health System was founded in 1995, yet Lee Memorial Hospital was founded in 1916. Cape Coral Hospital was founded in 1975, and acquired by Lee Memorial Health System in 1996. HealthPark Medical Center began accepting patients in 1991. Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center was established in 1974 and joined Lee Memorial Health System in October, 2006 along with Gulf Coast Hospital.  In March 2009, Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center and Gulf Coast Hospital merged into a new hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, located at the corner of Metro and Daniels Parkways.

  • Is Lee Memorial Health System a privately owned health system?
    Lee Memorial Health System is one of the largest public, not for profit health systems in Florida that receives no direct tax support, and is governed by a 10 member publicly elected Board of Directors. Our President, James R. Nathan, reports to this Board of Directors.

  • How many patients does Lee Memorial Health System see?
    For the fiscal year 2010, Lee Memorial Health System had more than 72,000 inpatient admissions, over 212,000 patient visits for emergency care; more than 6,500 newborns; and treated more than 2,000 trauma patients.

  • How many doctors does Lee Memorial Health System have on staff?
    More than 1,300 physicians have privileges and/or medical staff membership at Lee Memorial Health System facilities. They represent most medical specialties. You may search a listing of our medical staff by clicking on Physicians Directory Search.

  • How many employees does Lee Memorial Health System Have?
    Lee Memorial Health System has more than 10,500 employees at any given time. In addition, we have almost 4,000 volunteers and auxilians that generously give us their time.

  • What are some other community health resources available?

    • Lee County Medical Society:
    • Lee County Health Department:

  • Where can I obtain a copy of the Lee Memorial Health System Annual Community Report?
    You may request a paper copy of the latest version of our Annual Report by clicking here.

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