Monday, March 3, 2003

State of Florida Approves Certification for Bonita Springs Hospice

On Friday, February 28, 2003, the state of Florida granted a Certificate of Need to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care. This Certificate of Need, a regulatory approval for new or expanded healthcare services, will allow Hope Hospice to open an inpatient facility in the Bonita Springs area.

“Receiving the Certificate of Need is the first step in providing a state-of-the-art, end of life care facility for people in south Lee County,” said Samira Beckwith, President and CEO. Formal planning for a Hospice House in Bonita Springs is nearing completion; a site for the house has yet to be determined.

The building will encompass approximately 52,000 square feet- accommodating 24 beds, 16 for critical care and 8 for residential services. A capital campaign is planned to defray construction expenses.

Hope Hospice currently has offices in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, Buckhead Ridge, Clewiston, and Bonita Springs, and two inpatient facilities in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.