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Hospitals & Higher Education



Lee Memorial Health System
(800) 936-5321
Jim Nathan, CEO; 10,300 employees, 1,323 physicians, 422 healthcare providers, 1,423 beds.

Specialties: Pediatric specialists including endocrinology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, neurosciences, psychiatry, retinology, surgery, nephrology, and occupational, physical and speech therapy; adult specialists including orthopedics, cardiovascular, neurosciences and neurosurgery, comprehensive cancer care facility, emergency/trauma services, kidney transplants, immunology, wound care, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, urgent care facilities

Cape Coral Hospital, (239) 424-2000, 636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral 33990; 291 beds

The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, (239) 343-5000, 9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers 33908; 98 beds

HealthPark Medical Center, (239) 343-5000, 9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers 33908; 267 beds

Lee Memorial Hospital, (239) 343–2000, 2776 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 33901; 355 beds

The Rehabilitation Hospital, (239) 343-3900, 2776 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 33901; 60 beds

Gulf Coast Medical Center, (239) 343-1000, 13681 Doctor’s Way, Fort Myers 33912; 349 beds

HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center, (239) 433-4647, 16131 RoseRush Court, Fort Myers 33908; 112 beds

Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA)
(239) 598-3131
Gary D. Newsome, President/CEO; 40,500 employees, 10,000 physicians, 10,500 beds.

Lehigh Regional Medical Center
(239) 369-2101
Joanie Jeannette, CEO; 380 employees, 117 physicians, 88 beds.

Specialties: Cardiology, critical care, neurology, reconstructive surgery, anesthesiology and pain management, gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pathology, podiatry, pulmonology, radiology, urology, oncology, nephrology, gastroenterology, general surgery, dermatology, wound care, allergy /immunology


NCH Healthcare System
(239) 436-5430
Allen S. Weiss M.D., President/CEO; 3,909 employees, 650 physicians, 715 beds.

Specialties: Cancer care, cardiac services, obstetrics, diabetic care, ostomy services, psychiatry, pediatric and women’s services, orthopedics, rehabilitation services, emergency services

NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, (239) 436-5000, 350 Seventh St. N., Naples 34102; 390 beds

NCH North Naples Hospital, (239) 552-7000, 11190 Health Park Blvd., Naples 34110; 325 beds

Physicians Regional Healthcare System
Todd Lupton, CEO; 1,200 employees, 310 physicians, 201 beds.

Specialties: Cardiac services, orthopedic services, obstetrics and women's services, neurosurgery and spine surgery, daVinci and MAKO robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, emergency services, outpatient services.

Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge, (239) 348-4000, 6101 Pine Ridge Road, Naples 34119; 101 beds.

Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, (239) 354-6000, 8300 Collier Blvd., Naples 34114; 100 beds.


Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA)
(239) 598-3131
Richard Satcher, Charlotte Regional and Peace River Regional Market CEO

Peace River Regional Medical Center
(941) 766-4122
Joe Clancy, CEO; 900 employees, 300 physicians, 254 beds.

Specialties: Obstetrics and pediatrics, level II neonatal intensive care, bariatric surgery, orthopedics, da Vinci Si Sugical System (urology, gynecology and general surgery).

Charlotte Regional Medical Center
(941) 639-3131
José F. Morillo, CEO; 880 employees, 225 physicians, 208 beds.

Specialties: Cardiac services, orthopedics, stroke care, outpatient and inpatient services.

(615) 344-9551

Fawcett Memorial Hospital
(941) 629-1181
Thomas J. Rice, President/CEO; 750 employees, 310 physicians, 238 beds.

Specialties: Emergency services, spine and orthopedic center, wound management and hyperbaric medicine, bariatric services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, oncology and cardiovascular services, cancer and stroke care, weight-loss services, surgical services.


Ave Maria University

>>A private university in the Catholic tradition, whose permanent campus opened in Ave Maria, Fla., in August 2007.

Highest degree: Ph.D. theology, M.A. theology, M.T.S. (master of theological studies)

(239) 280-2500
5050 Ave Maria Blvd., Ave Maria, FL 35142
President: Jim Towey
Enrolled: 987 (combined undergraduate and graduate)
Established: 2003
Tuition and fees: $30,337 annually (includes room, board and fees)

Barry University

>>The second-largest private, Catholic university in the southeast U.S., with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs offered in Fort Myers and online.

Highest Degrees: Master of Arts in Administration (MAA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Social Work (MSW)

(239) 278-3041
Sunrise Building, 12381 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 502, Fort Myers, FL 33907
Site Director: Trisha-Lynn Herman
Enrollment (Fort Myers): 150 (combined undergraduate and graduate students)
Established: 1940
Tuition and fees: Varies by the level and type of degree. For example, $935 per credit hour for graduate programs; or $845 per credit hour for undergraduate students.

Edison College

>>Serves a five-county area with campuses in Fort Myers, Naples and Punta Gorda and a center in LaBelle. Students can take classes online through the virtual campus, Edison Online.

Highest degrees: 10 bachelor degree programs (cardiopulmonary sciences, public safety administration, supervision and management, elementary education, middle grades language arts education, middle grades mathematics education, middle grades science education, nursing, secondary biology education and secondary mathematics education).

Fort Myers Campus: (239) 489-9300
8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Naples Campus: (239) 732-3700
7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, FL 34113
Punta Gorda Campus: (941) 637-5629
26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
LaBelle Center: (863) 674-0408
1092 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935
President: Dr. Jeffery S. Allbritten
Enrolled: 24,034
Established: 1962
Tuition: Lower Division $104.48, Upper Division $115.64 per credit hour for in-state students.

Florida Gulf Coast University

>>State university offering undergraduate and graduate programs.

Highest degrees: M.A., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S., M.S.N., M.P.A., M.S.W., D.P.T, Ed.S., Ed.D.

(239) 590-1000, (800) 590-3428
10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
President: Wilson G. Bradshaw
Enrolled: 12,655 (11,279 undergraduate, 1,376 graduate)
Established: 1991, opened in 1997
Tuition: $202.28 per credit hour for in-state undergraduates (does not include fees or housing; tuition is higher for out-of-state and graduate students)

Hodges University

>>Private four-year college with campuses in Collier and Lee counties, with degree programs in career-related disciplines.

Highest degrees: M.B.A., M.C.J., M.C.I.T., M.I.S., M.P.A., M.S.M., M.P.S., M.M.H.C.

Collier campus: (239) 513-1122 or (800) 466-8017
2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL 34119
Lee campus: (239) 482-0019 or (800) 466-0019
4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33966
President: Terry McMahan
Enrolled: 2,900
Established: 1990
Tuition: $11,780 annually (tuition and fees)

Nova Southeastern University

>>Florida’s largest independent not-for-profit institution of higher education based in Fort Lauderdale, offers undergraduate, graduate and specialist degrees at its Student Educational Center in Fort Myers.

Highest degrees: MBA, D.O., J.D., D.B.A., Ed.D., Ph.D.

(239) 274-6070
3650 Colonial Court, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Executive Director: Kevin Hunter
Enrolled: 755 in Southwest Florida
Established: 1964
Tuition: $250-$605 per credit hour for undergraduate (varies by program), $420-$850 per credit hour for graduate, varies by programs for law and health professions

Rasmussen College

>>Private, regionally accredited college recognized for its online education.

Highest degree (Fort Myers campus): Bachelor’s in healthcare management, accounting, business administration, criminal justice, digital design and animation, game and simulation production.

(239) 477-2100
9160 Forum Corporate Parkway, Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33905
President: Kristi A. Waite (Eric Whitehouse is Fort Myers campus director)
Local enrollment: N/A
Established: 2008 in Fort Myers; 1900 in St. Paul, Minn.
Established: 1974
Tuition: $1,100 per three-credit course