Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will host a Grand Opening ribbon cutting and open house on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. America’s newest children’s hospital is adjacent to HealthPark Medical Center on Bass near Summerlin Roads.
The facility consolidates into one location the medical and ancillary specialty services necessary to treat critically-ill or injured children throughout our five-county region. It has 128 patient beds, with the capability to expand to 160. Its interactive design components and color-coded theme throughout its 7 stories and 300,000 square feet will captivate young patients and their families.
“It’s hard to believe just four years ago we launched the challenge to communities in Southwest Florida to raise money to build a new state-of-the-art children’s hospital to serve the children and families in this area with the best care possible close to home,” said Tom Golisano in a prepared statement. “The new hospital is now almost ready to open and welcome those in need of care. I am honored to help make this new critical resource for children in Southwest Florida possible, and look forward to being there to celebrate this significant achievement.” Mr. Golisano is the billionaire founder of Paychex and a noted philanthropist who specializes in children’s health issues.
“We are so excited to open our new children’s hospital to the Southwest Florida community, so they can see the results of their labors,” explains Kathy Bridge-Liles, chief administrative officer of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “From neighborhood lemonade stand proceeds and, literally, piggybanks, to celebrity golf tournaments and philanthropic gifts, the community has given selflessly to help build this very special place so children can receive the care they need close to home.”
A unique aspect of the Golisano Children’s Hospital is its dedicated pediatric emergency department, completely separate from the HealthPark Hospital ER, staffed by pediatric emergency physicians 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Other amenities include an acute care pediatric rehabilitation center, family rooms, laundry facilities, milk lab, chapel, a classroom where patients can continue their studies while hospitalized, a 64-room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and an outdoor meditation garden.
To accommodate the expected large crowd, please park in designated areas to the north of HealthPark Medical Center, with trolleys providing service to the event. For an in-depth look at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, see next week’s edition of The Island Sand Paper.