|Published:||May 13, 2013 10:24 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 13, 2013 10:24 PM EDT|
ESTERO, FL--New developments in a battle to build a new Lee Memorial Hospital in Estero.
Naples Community Hospital objects to the idea, saying it's not needed, but we found out the new Hertz headquarters might give Lee Memorial the bargaining power they need to break ground.
Lee Memorial is fighting back at Naples Community Hospital, after NCH filed an objection with the state saying a new hospital would allow Lee Memorial to further dominate the area.
It says there is no compelling reason why LMHS needs to build, but we spoke with who live near here say there is definitely a need.
"Why are we building all of these roads if there is not a need? They can see that the population is growing," said resident Tom Thompson.
Lee Memorial predicts that a new facility would be 75% occupied in the first five years of service.
Right now, people say it takes them a good 20-30 minutes to arrive at a hospital.
Today Lee Memorial filed a response to NCH's objection and said NCH does not provide any evidence that south Lee County shouldn't have a hospital and that a new facility just makes sense.
"The population continues to grow and the recent move from hertz illustrates that," said Roger Strelow of the Estero Council of Community Leaders.
Strelow says once Hertz moves to town, other companies will probably form and make the health care need even greater.
"It is not going to be the end of an infusion of population here," said Strelow.
Even first responders are fighting for a new hospital in the area and say Hertz could be their huge fighting point
"With a large scale company like hertz coming to town it will certainly increase the points of argument," said Bonita Springs Fire Department Chief Joseph Daigle.
The state will decide whether or not LMHS can build their hospital in Estero on June 7th