Questions for Community
- Are Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center hurricane shelters?
No. Lee Memorial Health System Facilities - including
Cape Coral Hospital, Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark
Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center - are not
designated hurricane shelters.
For a list of the available shelters, please refer to Lee
County Emergency Operations Center website:
- What about
special needs guests?
All special needs guests must be pre-registered with Lee County Emergency
Management. If you are not registered yet, please call
239-533-3640 or go to
You will need to complete the
necessary paperwork. Please be prepared to have your
physician fill out a portion of your form. You must have a
caregiver arrive with you and stay with you through the
length of the hurricane or you will be refused.
If you are
granted approval for special care status during a hurricane,
you will receive food, water and—if needed—oxygen, but you
will not be considered a patient; you must have you own
caregiver with you at all times, and bring your own
medicine, bed linens and supplies. If a medical emergency
arises while you are staying in the hospital during the
hurricane aftermath, you must go to the ED and register.
- What is a special
A Special Needs Guest is determined by Lee County
Emergency Management. To stay in a hospital during a
hurricane you must be pre-qualified by your physician.
In-hospital criteria are: IV therapy, hyperalmentation,
renal dialysis, ventilator patient/life support, or third
For more information about third
trimester pregnancies and planning for a hurricane, please
speak with your physician. Special needs guests must be accompanied by a caregiver to be accepted
into a hospital.
- When does
the Lee Memorial Health System disaster plan activate?
When the Lee County Emergency Operations Center
recommends it, our Lee Memorial Health System hurricane plan
goes into effect. Lee Memorial Health System disaster plan
follows the level of activation of the Lee County Emergency
Operations Center. When the disaster plan is activated, all
elective (lab, diagnostic, surgical) procedures are
cancelled. Please call your physician's office to
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