CAPE CORAL, Fla.- There's a potential cure to a doctor shortage in Cape Coral. WINK News has confirmed Lee Memorial Health System plans to build a new primary care clinic at the intersection of Surfside Boulevard and Veterans Parkway.
David Cato, Vice President of Outpatient Operations at Lee Memorial Health System said construction could begin by Summer 2014, with the clinic operational by early 2015.
It's all the result of a market analysis studying demographics, geography, and the types of services in the highest demand.
"In primary care in particular, there's a shortage of primary care physicians in the Cape Coral market," Cato said.
The health system purchased a five-acre parcel in September for about $575,000. It plans to build on two acres and use the rest of the land for future needs.
The new clinic is expected to have between eight and ten physicians, accommodating 15,000-20,000 visits per year. Work on design plans will start soon and take approximately six months to complete. Construction is expected to cost around $4 Million.
"More and more is going to be done on an outpatient basis or home basis, so bringing those services to the patients and taking care of their healthcare needs and really their customer service needs at the same time," Cato said.