Lehigh Acres Is The Focus For Healthcare Expansion in Eastern Lee County and in Southwest Florida – Fall 2019

By Mike Welch
At this writing there are exciting developments in our community as we continue our lives together that has significance for not just for Lehigh Acres but for our region.
Dr. Frank Mazzeo, CEO of Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida offers us an article regarding the large new facility on Lee Blvd. Dr. Mazzeo is a well-known leader in healthcare and after meeting him a number of times he is keenly focused on the healthcare needs of Lehigh/Eastern Lee County. Family Health Centers has a long-term presence in Lehigh and it begins a new chapter in our community. The three story, 63,000 sq. foot building at 3415 Lee Blvd. is a state-of-the-art facility is expected to open at the end of the year will offer a wide array of services to patients. Patients will have one stop services under one roof. I encourage you to read Dr. Mazzeo’s article and I hope to soon have a Grand Opening date so the community will be able to see this wonderful facility that will be a great asset. For further information about Family Health Centers please visit www.fhcswf.org
Lehigh Regional Medical Center begins a new chapter in its history of healthcare in our community. On December 2nd the Medical Center will open a 35-bed inpatient behavioral facility on the third floor of the hospital located at 1500 Lee Blvd. Mr. Gary Bell, CEO of Lehigh Regional Medical Center announces that this new facility will serve patients 55 yrs. and older – an underserved population as relates to clinical depression. Because this is a unique service in Southwest Florida Lehigh Acres Medical Center will be serving other communities not just in Lee County but the surrounding counties of our region. Announcements are pending for a Grand Opening Ceremony in early December. For more information please read this issue’s article and call 239.5818.
Carolyn Peplow, Executive Director of Lehigh Community Services offers us an article on the activities and services that the agency offers those in need. Carolyn mentions several activities for the Fall 2019 season and is preparing for the busy Fall 2019 season as many of our winter residents return to our community. If you have some time to volunteer at this vital organization, please give Carolyn a call at 239.369.5818.

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