Business Florida 2018 - The Regions
The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area tops Forbes’ 2017 list of America’s fastest growing cities. Anticipated growth: population, 3.6%; employment, 3.8%; output 6.8% (thanks to expanding hospitality and housing markets).
Collier County boasts the highest per capita income in Florida ($71,596), 7th highest proportion of millionaires in the U.S. and best health. For the 2nd year in a row, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island was named America’s healthiest, happiest community. (Gallup-Healthways State of America Well-Being 2016)
The livin’ is easy and rewarding in southwest Florida where a vibrant economy and good health habits work hand in hand.
Life Sciences/Health Care
LEE COUNTY Lee Memorial Health System continues to expand. In early 2017, Lee Health opened its 128-bed, $242-million Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The facility features a pediatric emergency department and a 64-room neonatal ICU. Also construction began at Lee Health-Coconut Point, a 163,000-sq.-ft. outpatient campus expected to open in fall 2018. Coming next: an additional 24,000 square feet at Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center to accommodate a larger pharmacy, genetic counseling services and palliative care.
FORT MYERS Florida Gulf Coast University has opened a genetic research center at its newly completed Emergent Technologies Institute. The Clinical & Transitional Research Institute will work with health care providers to study best methods for prescribing commonly used drugs based on a patient’s genetic makeup.
NAPLES Wolford College, a singularly focused private school in Naples, produces a fifth of the nurse anesthetists that are trained annually in Florida. Enrollment in Wolford’s 28-month master’s degree program is limited to 64 students a year.
Arthrex | Naples
Lee Memorial Health System | Fort Myers
NCH Healthcare System | Naples
Arthrex will expand its operations in North Naples with an investment of $63 million and the creation of 560 jobs. A global leader in arthroscopic surgery and developer of more than 9,500 orthopedics surgical procedures and products, Arthrex employs 2,300+ in southwest Florida and trains 6,000 physicians annually.