Health care is a vital industry in Southwest Florida’s economy, and the region is home to state-of-the-art medical centers and expert practitioners in a range of specialties.
In Southwest Florida, there are two major, award-winning hospital systems: NCH Healthcare System in Collier County and Lee Memorial Health System in Lee County. Both began as community hospitals that have grown exponentially in services, locations, expertise, and staff. Both have also received top scores in several specialties from Healthgrades. In addition, there are two Veterans Affairs clinics, nonprofit networks for low-income residents, and hospice services.
NCH Healthcare System
239-624-5000 · nchmd.org
NCH Healthcare System (NCH) was named by U.S. News & World Report as “Best Hospital for 2020-21.” NCH is rated as high-performing in heart bypass surgery, heart failure treatment, hip and knee replacement surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colon cancer surgery, and COPD treatment. NCH operates two hospitals, urgent-care, wellness, and family medical facilities, NCH Heart Institute, and NCH Regional Cancer Institute. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and sponsors the Blue Zones Project for Southwest Florida. The system has approximately 4,644 employees and more than 1,000 volunteers, 800 physicians, and 713 licensed beds.
NCH Baker Hospital Downtown
350 Seventh St. N., Naples · 239-624-5000
The flagship, 391-bed acute care and emergency hospital, home to the NCH Heart Institute, has been a top performer nationally in cardiac care for five consecutive years.
North Naples Hospital
11190 Health Park Blvd., Naples · 239-552-7000
This acute care facility has 322 beds, a pediatric emergency department, comprehensive pain center, nephrology, and more.
Physicians Regional Healthcare System
Physicians Regional Healthcare System operates two hospitals with an affiliated multispecialty physician group. More than 300 physicians provide advanced medical care in more than 45 specialties and subspecialties. With 209 beds, it has been lauded for its stroke-patient care. Both emergency rooms typically boast short wait times.
Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard
8300 Collier Blvd., Naples · 239-354-6000
This 100-bed hospital is a 24/7 STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) receiving facility providing around- the-clock treatment for patients experiencing chest pain and other cardiology emergencies. It is conveniently located for Marco Island and East Naples, with a special emergency room clinical staff and amenities designed for older adults.
Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge
6101 Pine Ridge Road, Naples · 239-348-4000
This 109-bed acute care facility features all private rooms, general medical/surgical services as well as specialized centers for robotic surgery, neurovascular and stroke, cardiology, vein, orthopedic and spine, and ENT specialty care.
Lee Memorial Health System
800-936-5321 · leehealth.org
Lee Health has been the major hospital provider in Lee County since its first community hospital opened a century ago. It has 14,000 employees, 1,812 beds, and 1,480 physicians on medical staff. It provides comprehensive care for children and adults, as well as kidney transplants, immunology, wound care, urgent care facilities, and occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Lee Health is a national, accredited leader in stroke care.
Cape Coral Hospital
636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral · 239-424-2000
Cape Coral Hospital is a 291-bed, acute care facility with all private rooms. It has earned several recognitions for quality of care and was the first hospital in the state to receive the Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence in management and operations. Its wellness center is a medically based fitness center providing members access to cardiovascular equipment, group exercise classes, indoor pools, massage, a healthy café, pro shop, and health and wellness presentations. Cape Coral Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center.
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers · 239-343-5437
This state-of-the-art, 98-bed pediatric hospital provides emergency and specialized services, including behavioral health, surgery, intensive care, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, and burn treatments. The only center of its kind between Tampa and Miami, its 48-bed neonatal intensive care unit cares for premature infants and babies that have had surgery within hours and days of birth. It is located on the same campus as HealthPark Medical Center.
Gulf Coast Medical Center
13681 Doctor’s Way, Fort Myers · 239-343-1000
Gulf Coast Medical Center is a 356-bed, acute care facility that opened in 2009 when Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center and Gulf Coast Hospital merged into a new, state-of-the-art hospital. It offers 240 private rooms. The emergency department consists of 28 exam rooms, 10 observation units, and 33 treatment rooms. Ten beds are designated as a Cardiac Decision Unit (CDU) to quickly assess patients with chest pain and fast-track testing and treatment. Gulf Coast Medical Center is an accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center. Gulf Coast Medical Center offers 24/7 access to minimally invasive catheter procedures to treat stroke and a dedicated neurosurgery intensive care unit. It has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association “Get With The Guidelines” Gold Plus Stroke Center designation. The hospital earned a 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades.
HealthPark Medical Center
9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers · 239-343-5000
HealthPark Medical Center is the primary location for the system’s cardiac program and is a designated Chest Pain Center, fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The 267-bed hospital was named one of the “100 Top Hospitals” for cardiology and intensive care in the country and has the only High-Risk Valve Clinic in the region. The hospital offers advanced, minimally invasive procedures for cardiac, urology, gynecology, and general surgery using the da Vinci S HD Surgical Robot. Also located on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center is 112-bed HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center (239-433-4647), a skilled nursing facility that carries a five-star rating from the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Lee Memorial Hospital
2776 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers · 239-343–2000
Lee Memorial Hospital, originally established in 1916, is the flagship hospital for Lee Health and the only Level II Trauma Center between Sarasota and Miami. The 355-bed, acute care facility also houses the Rehabilitation Hospital (239-343-3900), a 60-bed comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facility. It is a Primary Stroke Center.
Lehigh Regional Medical Center
1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres · 239-369-2101 · lehighregional.com
A member of Prime Healthcare, Lehigh Regional Medical Center is an 88-bed, acute care facility committed to patient-centered health care since 1965. The state-of-the-art facility provides emergency and critical care, as well as specialty care services including cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology, general surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pathology and imaging, pulmonology, and women’s health.
Veterans Medical Centers
Lee County VA Clinic
2489 Diplomat Parkway E., Cape Coral · 239-652-1800 or 727-398-6661 · baypines.va.gov
This full-service regional clinic, part of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, is open Monday through Saturday, providing comprehensive primary care, mental health services, women’s health, ambulatory surgery, audiology, cardiology, dental and dermatology services, eye care and optometry, Coumadin Clinic, gastroenterology, home and community care, imaging, orthopedics, neurology, pharmacist consultations and mediation pickup, phlebotomy, nutrition counseling, prosthetics, physical and occupational therapy, podiatry, tobacco cessation, spinal cord injury, urology, and referrals for specialty care.
Naples VA Clinic
800 Goodlette Road N., Ste. 120, Naples · 239-659-9188 or 727-398-6661 · baypines.va.gov
This regional clinic, part of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, is open Monday through Friday. It provides primary care, mental healthcare, women’s services, referrals for specialty care, nutrition counseling, EKG services, phlebotomy, pharmacist consultations, and referrals for specialty care.
Nonprofit Family Medical Centers
239-658-3000 · healthcareswfl.org
The Healthcare Network provides full primary medical services including internal medicine, family care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and senior care, as well as dental care and integrated behavioral health for adults and children. The network is committed to providing quality, professional medical and dental health care services to Collier County residents regardless of insurance or ability to pay. It has established 21 health care sites and mobile services in Collier County.
Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida
844-342-7935 · fhcswf.org
Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida has 21 medical offices, eight dental offices, and three pharmacy locations with a focus on disease management, prevention, and education. Family Health Centers provides medical, dental, pediatric, podiatry, women’s services, and optometry services to children and adults, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Discounts are offered based on family size and income.
Avow Hospice was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow cares for the terminally ill as well as those who have serious and chronic illnesses with non-hospice palliative care and support. It also provides an in-patient hospice house and community centers.
Hope Healthcare provides services in Lee and Collier counties for end-of-life care, bereavement counseling, social enrichment programs, and other specialized services for people of all ages facing life-changing illnesses. The Hope Parkinson Program is a community resource dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. There are four Hope houses in Lee County: Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Cape Coral.
VITAS hospice team members visit Collier County patients in their homes. It has offices in Naples, Immokalee, and Marco Island, as well as an inpatient unit in Naples and inpatient beds throughout the area. It provides services including respite care, palliative care, telemedicine, and bereavement counseling.