US-based not-for-profit public health system Lee Health is all set to build a new hospital campus in the City of Fort Myers, Florida.

The plans approved by the Lee Health board of directors, will see the development of a new healthcare campus on 52 acres of land area along Challenger Boulevard, between Colonial Boulevard and Winkler Avenue.

As an initial step, Lee Health board has issued request for qualifications for architectural services, commissioning authorities, and construction management for building the new campus, which is tentatively known as ‘Lee Health Colonial Campus’.

Lee Health president and CEO Dr Larry Antonucci said: “Lee Health is planning a medical destination aimed at innovating health care in Southwest Florida.

“Our area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, and this new hospital campus will ensure that everyone has the access to the quality health care they deserve.

“Lee Health is committed to growing with our community and staying current with trends in the delivery of health care to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

It is anticipated that the new healthcare facility will include an acute care hospital with 216 beds, 16 operating rooms and an emergence department featuring 30 emergency room bays.

Additionally, the campus is expected to have an observation unit with 16 beds, and a Medical Office building. Lee Health’s data centre will be shifted to the new campus.

The permitting process for the new hospital campus is expected to take about two years.

The campus is slated for opening in 2027.

City of Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson said: “The City of Fort Myers is excited to welcome a new, state-of-the-art, health care destination within our city limits. Lee Health has served our city for more than 100 years, and this project exemplifies their commitment to our community by expanding access to high-quality health care.”