The Estero (Fla.) Planning and Zoning Board rejected a zoning amendment that the NCH Healthcare System would need to operate a 24/7 emergency services department at a planned medical facility, according to an article on the Naples Daily News website.
NCH has proposed a 40,000-square-foot, two-story healthcare complex on a 3.5-acre site. The healthcare facility would include medical offices, a testing facility and a 12,000-square-foot emergency department.
“You can’t call yourself an emergency facility and provide emergency services if you’re not open 24/7,” said Richard Grant, an attorney representing NCH. “It’s contrary to the medical standard of care.”
Neighborhood residents also expressed concerns about the potential for noise from ambulance sirens