Joined in Health
After 100 years of caring for the community, Lee Memorial Health System is now Lee Health. While we are still caring people, caring for people building on our legacy of leading-edge, compassionate, patient-centered care, we are ready to begin our second century of caring for Southwest Florida as Caring People. Inspiring Health. This new name signifies an increased awareness of our role in improving the health and well-being of the residents and visitors of Southwest Florida. Lee Health, however, is not just a new name—it brings with it powerful aspirations and a renewed purpose.
The transition to Lee Health reflects our commitment to the future of health care delivery—locally and nationally. The United States’ health care system has become the most expensive repair-center focused health system in the world. But, there is a shift now to healthier lifestyles, more prevention, chronic care management, health education and improved coordination of care that transcends hospitalizations. The vision for Lee Health is one that embraces positive change and innovation in order to help everyone in our community live healthier, more active lives.
In recent years we have invested in strengthening our community’s health through Healthy Lee—Lee County’s impressive community collaborative that is focused on education, coordination of care, prevention and improving the overall health and well-being of our community. Through Healthy Lee, more than 300 organizations and thousands of local residents have gained access to education, inspiration and opportunities to improve personal and community health.
The Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point, which is essentially a facility-based Healthy Lee, opened last December as a means to connect residents to valuable health screenings, lectures, programs and services, as well as appropriate health care providers. All of the offerings and activities available at the Healthy Life Center are designed to support and inspire healthy lifestyles, early detection of disease and chronic disease management. Our Outreach Team, which is made up of physicians and Lee Health staff, participate in health fairs at churches and in communities and businesses throughout Southwest Florida. They provide education, medical screenings and answer health-related questions.
We also have, in the past few years, implemented a variety of community programs—including “It’s All About You” chronic disease self-management program, the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, the Lee Health Solutions Diabetes Self-Management Class and others have begun or are in the developmental stage—to empower people to take control of their own health. Additionally, support groups for a variety of conditions connect people with others who understand and can aid them in their health journey. Though not a new program, SHARE Club has helped thousands of residents age 50 and older maintain personal connections, socialize, stay active and remain engaged, energized and healthy.
Now, moving forward as Lee Health, we have a renewed purpose kicking off our second century of service to be joined in health. This means that we have an even greater commitment to connecting with our community and creating a culture of healthy lifestyles throughout Southwest Florida.