Housed within HealthPark Medical Center since 1994, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida grew to become a 101-bed ‘hospital within a hospital.’ But the ever-increasing demand for pediatric services and more specialized care spawned the need for a stand-alone facility. In 2010, with a projected price tag of $202 million, Lee Health launched a five-year, $100 million capital campaign to build ‘America’s Newest Children’s Hospital.’ B. Thomas Golisano, a Naples resident and noted philanthropist, issued a $20 million dollar-for-dollar grant challenge to the Southwest Florida community. From neighborhood lemonade stands to celebrity golf tournament fundraisers, to businesses, civic groups, gated communities and caring individuals, gifts from across the region were earmarked for the campaign. In 14 months, our community raised $20 million to match Mr. Golisano’s $20 million. Then, in October 2016, a gift from the SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. for $2.4 million, and pledge for an additional $1 million brought the campaign to a close.
Because of the generosity of Southwest Florida, our dream of building a children’s hospital came true. On May 10, 2017, patients officially moved over to the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. The building encompasses nearly 300,000 square feet and consolidates into one location the medical and ancillary specialty services required to treat critically ill or injured children in a five-county region. There are a total of 128 patient beds, with future expansion capabilities up to 160 beds, on seven floor levels, each themed and color coded for easy navigation.
Now that the hospital is open, we must look to the future. Philanthropic support will always be needed to ensure services are available for future generations and to continue to offer specialized care… close to home.
What does the future hold for Golisano Children’s Hospital and how can you help?