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Officials: Lee Health performing elective surgeries

By Staff | May 18, 2020

On May 11, Lee Health President Dr. Larry Antonucci sat 6 feet away from Gov. Ron DeSantis as he spoke at a press conference at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers.

DeSantis commended the work of Antonucci and all health care workers throughout the system for their work in combatting COVID-19 up to this point.

“I want to thank (Antonucci) for working so hard over the last couple of months,” he said. “We were all bracing in March and I know (Lee Health) were preparing very early and I think we’ve been very successful in how they’ve managed this here in Southwest Florida.”

Antonucci touted the importance of the resumption of elective procedures throughout the system and relayed to the public that it is safe to receive health care in Lee County.

Lee Health is now operating at around 40 percent to 50 percent level, allowing it to perform 165 elective surgeries per day. Before the pandemic, it was doing over 300 surgeries per day.

“We are ready now to restore doing elective cases in a safe, judicious manner,” Antonucci said. “We want to ensure the community that it is safe to come in an have these procedures, it is safe to come in to our emergency room if you’re having symptoms that require emergency care.”