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Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Center

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The Lee County Trauma Services District
 

The Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) is a publicly-owned, not-for-profit organization and is the largest public entity in the state that receives no direct tax support. Still, through processes designed to optimize efficiency, through excellent staff at all levels, and through an atmosphere of professional excellence, caring and giving system-wide, LMHS has maintained its status as one of the top hospitals in the nation. As your community-owned hospital, all surplus funds over budget, or "profits," are directed back into LMHS where they are used to fund the expansion and creation of facilities, the purchases of new equipment, and to keep LMHS on the leading edge of the newest medical technology. However, providing certain services creates a financial strain which makes it difficult the continuation of providing these services. Trauma Services is one such program.

In 2003, a Community Task Force representing a diverse cross section of professionals from Southwest Florida area undertook an extensive detailed study of LMHS, its level of services, its financial statements, and its financial practices. Among its many findings, the task force arrived at the following conclusions.

  • LMHS is an efficient, well-managed healthcare organization.
  • LMHS offers high quality healthcare and is consistently ranked in the top 100 healthcare facilities in the nation.
  • LMHS's operating costs are among the lowest in the nation among healthcare institutions, ranking in the 25th percentile, meaning that about 75% of similar healthcare providers have higher operating costs.
  • LMHS's operating costs are among the lowest in the state of Florida among healthcare institutions, ranking in the 25th percentile, meaning that about 75% of similar healthcare providers in Florida have higher operating costs.
  • LMHS's financial policies, with respect to capital needs vs. available cash reserves and its investment structures and practices, are appropriate.
  • LMHS needs $10 million annually in funding based on 2001 financial statements to keep the community's Level II Trauma Center operational.
  • LMHS cannot generate the necessary funding to maintain operation of the trauma center through its internal operations.

In light of these facts, we welcome the opportunity to provide you with a mechanism through which you can make suggestions regarding funding the trauma center or, if you wish, to donate directly to the trauma center/trauma district.

We continue to diligently seek a steady, effective and dependable funding stream for the Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Center. Already, through working with the Florida Hospital Association and the Florida State Legislature, funding has been secured during the past two years that has off-set almost half of the financial shortfall realized by LMHS annually. However, as welcome as these funds are, they are not steady and are not to be depended upon in future legislative sessions. As these issues continue to develop, we wish to keep you informed through this site on the "Trauma News and Information" page.

If you would like to make a donation to the Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Center, please contact:

The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation

PO Box 2218
Fort Myers, FL 33902
239-985-3550

 

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Trauma Facts

There are 21 trauma centers in the state of Florida.

Florida is divided into 19 trauma service areas, some of which have no active trauma center.

The Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Center is the only trauma center on Florida's Gulf Coast between Tampa and Miami.

There are more than 1 million residents in the Lee County Trauma Services District.

In 2003, Florida's trauma centers lost a combined total of more than $92.6 million in operating expenses.

About 5.8% of patients who enter a standard emergency room are uninsured. Conversely, about 11.2% of patients who enter a trauma center are uninsured.

The "Golden Hour" is the first hour after a patient's injury. This is the most critical period within which the life or death of the victim usually is determined.

 

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