FORT MYERS – HCA Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare providers in the country, plans to build three acute care hospitals in Florida, including one in Fort Myers.
The Fort Myers facility is slated to have 100 beds, according to a statement. The company also announced plans to build a 90-bed facility in Gainesville and a 60-bed hospital near The Villages. These new facilities will complement HCA Florida Healthcare’s existing presence in these rapidly growing communities, HCA officials say. HCA Healthcare currently has 47 hospitals in Florida, including more than 400 affiliated locations, under the HCA Florida Healthcare brand.
“Florida continues to experience rapid population growth and the addition of these new hospitals will help HCA Florida Healthcare meet the growing need for acute care services in these areas,” said Sam Hazen, CEO of HCA Healthcare, in the press release. “We look forward to expanding our presence in the state and improving our ability to care for patients.”
The HCA announcement comes a month after the board of directors of Lee Health, one of the largest nonprofit health organizations in Florida, built its own new acute hospital campus in Fort Myers. It is located on 52 acres on Challenger Boulevard between Colonial Boulevard and Winkler Avenue and will have 216 beds.
The new hospitals are a continuation of HCA Healthcare’s recent engagement in Florida, where the organization has invested approximately $ 3 billion over the past three years, the announcement said. These include the $ 360 million HCA Florida University Hospital, which opened in Davie earlier this month, as well as major renovations and additions across the state to accommodate new, state-of-the-art equipment.
HCA Healthcare, headquartered in Nashville, is one of the nation’s leading health care providers, serving 183 hospitals and approximately 2,000 outpatient care facilities, including surgical centers, stand-alone emergency rooms, emergency centers and medical clinics in 20 states and the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1968.
United as a nationwide network in 2021, HCA Florida Healthcare includes 11,000 experienced physicians and 77,000 colleagues who care for more than 6.4 million patients each year.