Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center

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Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center
SW Florida Regional Medical Center.jpg
Image copyright of Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center Inc.
Location United States 2727 Winkler Ave, Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Care system Private (1974-2006), Public (2007-2009)
Hospital type General
Standards JCAHO accreditation
Beds 400
Founded 1974
Closed 2009
Lists Hospitals in Florida

Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center was a 400 bed general hospital in Fort Myers, Florida.[1] Then Ft Myers Community Hospital was originally developed by a subsidiary of Basic American Industries (BAI) called Basic American Medical in 1974. BAI was based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first Executive Director of the Hospital was John Gass. The hospital later became part of the Columbia Hospital Corporation family of hospitals and continued to operate under Columbia/HCA until it was purchased by Lee Memorial Health System along with sister facility Gulf Coast Hospital in late 2006.[2] It was merged with GCH to form the new Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers in March 2009, leaving the old SWFRMC building unused.[3]


While the hospital was still owned by HCA, the building was surveyed for possible renovations by independent contractors. Due to deteriorizations, it was determined that it would be better to build a new hospital than to renovate SWFRMC, so HCA began to construct expansions to Gulf Coast Hospital with plans to merge the facilities. When Lee Memorial Health System took over the hospital, they surveyed the SWFRMC facility for possible reuse as well, only to come to the same conclusion as the contractors hired by HCA.[4] LMHS continued the expansions to GCH as planned by HCA. When expansions were finally completed in March 2009, all patients, staff, and equipment were transferred to the new Gulf Coast Medical Center. Lee County paramedics treated the transfer of patients as an emergency evacuation drill.[1] As a final farewell to the facility, staff members signed their names and start dates on the interior walls of the hospital in permanent marker before leaving, and some left hand prints in colorful paint.[1] The building was demolished in November 2009 to make way for a new distribution center for medical supplies.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center". Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center. Archived from the original on 2006-01-16. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Lee Memorial Health System enters into agreement to purchase Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center and Gulf Coast Hospital". Southwest Regional Medical Center. Archived from the original on 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ Freeman, Liz (2009-03-08). "121 patients moved as one hospital closes, another one opens". Naples, Florida: Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ Nathan, Jim. "Demolition Plans for Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center". Lee Memorial Health System. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Former Fort Myers hospital torn down". WBBH NBC-2. Fort Myers, Florida: WorldNow. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-09-02.