History

Built in 1965 the hospital began serving the community of Lehigh Acres, located 20 miles east of Fort Myers. As a result of the increase in residents and visitors to the vicinity came the hospital's first expansion in 1971. Ten years later came the recognition of the need to replace the older hospital building. In December of 1983 our modern 88-bed hospital opened, housing one of the finest medical staff and state-of-the-art equipment. On December 1, 2001 came a new name – Lehigh Regional Medical Center - to better reflect the hospital's beacon role in providing health care service to eastern Lee County and further east to Hendry County.

Through long-range planning and attentiveness to community and patient needs, Lehigh Regional Medical Center continues its progression in providing needed services to our community. Lehigh Regional Medical Center is actively involved in community organizations, special events, school system activities, and charitable causes in the Lehigh Acres area.

More than 100 physicians belong to Lehigh Regional Medical Center's medical staff providing all major medical and surgical specialties. They practice individualized, high quality health care. A number of new physicians have been recruited to the community to complement the already existing medical staff including cardiologists, orthopedic and general surgeons, gastroenterologists, gynecologists, internists, neurologists, ophtalmologists, podiatrists, urologists and other specialties. Lehigh Regional Medical Center offers our community 24-hour emergency services, utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques in radiology, nuclear medicine, laboratory, pharmacy, cardiopulmonary, CAT Scan, MRI, rehab services, and mammography. It has four surgical suites and is equipped to perform both major and minor types of surgery. In 1996, a new medical office was built situated adjacent to the hospital.

In an effort to provide a significant contribution to the senior citizens of Lehigh, Lehigh Regional Medical Center partnered with the Lee County Government to assume the management of the Lehigh Acres Senior Center. In concert with our quest for continuous quality improvement, the hospital competed at the District V Sterling Quality Conference and won the area award; the first time this was accomplished by the healthcare industry in Florida. We went onto compete in the Florida State competition and won the State’s award for Greatest Organizational Impact. In 1998 the hospital’s ER was completely renovated from a four room unit to a nine-bed state-of-the art Emergency Services Department. Current hospital-wide remodeling and renovating is underway. A complete renovation of the ER registration and triage was completed in early 2003. Recent additions to services include the Wound Care Clinic, Pain Management Clinic, and Hospitalist Program.