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Lee Memorial System buys mental health facility

July 1, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen
Lee Memorial Health System has announced that it is purchasing the assets of Jennings Behavioral Health System (JBH), a local mental health provider that offers outpatient services for individuals, families and groups.

The purchase ensures a continuity of care for individuals in need of mental health services, officials of LMHS said. The services currently offered at JBH, which includes partial hospitalization, medication management, and intensive outpatient therapy will remain the same and all of the current staff is being asked to stay on.

The name will change to The Behavioral Health Center when the agreement goes into effect July 1, 2011.

“We were immediately interested when we were approached to acquire JBH,” said Lisa Sgarlata, chief administrative officer for Lee Memorial Hospital. “We have had a close working relationship with them through their partial hospitalization program for a number of years, and consider the services they provide to the community essential.”

Sgarlata will assume administrative responsibility over operations at the Behavioral Health Center.

The cost of the acquisition is $250,000 and Lee Memorial Health System will assume the lease on JBH’s office space located at 12550 New Brittany Blvd. in Fort Myers. The Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors approved the lease assumption at its board meeting on June 23.

The System has had a contract for several years to provide placement of inpatient and emergency room patients to JBH’s outpatient mental health services.

“This is an example of providing the right care in the right setting for our behavioral health patients,” said Sgarlata. “It provides a benefit to the community by continuing a needed service, and it frees up hospital beds by placing the patients into an appropriate, and less costly, care setting.”



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