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Gulf Coast Medical Center was created through the merging of Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center and Gulf Coast Hospital in March of 2009. Both were for-profit hospitals owned by Hospital Corporation of America.
Gulf Coast Hospital and Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center joined Lee Memorial Health Systems in 2006 before the merger, though the merger was planned before the change of ownership.
Gulf Coast Medical Center wraps around the former Gulf Coast Hospital and consists of 436,000 square feet of new construction and 20,000 square feet of renovation to the former facility. Construction required over 800 miles of electrical wire, 3,100 tons of steel and 5,500 tons of concrete.