Residents and civic leaders in Bonita Springs and Estero understand the need for emergency medical care without having to go to North Naples or South Fort Myers.
They know their area is the epicenter of Southwest Florida.
They know that it’s best to work collegially with established leaders in the medical field to get the health-care job done.
Now, Bonita and Estero leaders are moving toward a next step — getting more involved at the grass-roots level — after initial dealings with NCH Healthcare System and Lee Memorial Health System have failed to produce progress leading to the start of what they need.
At a joint meeting the other day, hosted by the well-informed and influential Estero Council of Community Leaders, Bonita Mayor Ben Nelson and others aired plans to reach out to the community for additional collaboration and support.
Just because the hospital organizations have a free-standing emergency room on the back burner, civic leaders seem to be saying, it does not make south Lee County medical issues go away. It just delays them.
Looking at the bright side, even if NCH and Lee Memorial were on the same page with money to burn, this project would be better off with the fullest grass-roots community support anyway.
The project moves on, in the public interest.