NCH considers building emergency room in Estero


ESTERO, Fla. The village may soon have two emergency rooms.

NCH Healthcare System plans to build a two-story, 40,000-square-foot medical center on the west side of U.S. 41 across from the Coconut Point mall. The center would include two surgical suites, support services for outpatient care and a freestanding, 24-hour emergency room.

The center would open during the fall of 2018. Lee Health recently announced its plans to spend $140 on a new outpatient facility and ER several blocks away from the proposed NCH center.

NCH will present its plan to Village Council in a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Village Hall Council Chambers at 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle and is open to the public.

Resident Susan Woodworth is eager to have greater access to emergency care.

“It would be five minutes from where I live, so it would be fabulous,” she said. “It would be beneficial — we are getting older down here.”

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