Bill on Lee Health conversion advances in House

A local bill is moving forward in the House that could allow Lee Health to change its business structure. But it remains to be seen if the legislation can make it past Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk.

The House Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee approved a local bill from Lee County sponsored by Rep. Adam Botana. The legislation (HB 227) would allow a process for the public hospital system to convert into a public-private partnership.

Michael Nachef, vice president of government relations for Lee Health, said that would follow a model that used to exist. The last Florida hospital

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