Little Red Wagon
As of May 10, 2017, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida became fully operational, welcoming patients into the new 126-bed facility. And while this new tower offers the finest possible pediatric care to the Southwest Florida community, our job is not over.
The health care needs of children are unique and ever evolving – but also rarely covered by insurance. Nearly 70% of pediatric patients are uninsured or on Medicaid. In order to be at the forefront for specialized and lifesaving care, we will continuously rely on philanthropic support.
Every dollar raised for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida through the Little Red Wagon Fund will be used to benefit our community’s youngest, most vulnerable patients. In addition to the new children’s hospital next to HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers, Lee Health serves children close to their home through the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Port Charlotte and in Naples. Our focus is raising funds to address critical pediatric care areas of greatest need.
- Golisano Children’s Hospital is the only full service children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami.
- The Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center (RPICC) recently received special recognition by Children’s Medical Services (CMS) in the Florida Department of Health, for having the best outcomes in Florida for premature infants.
- In 2014, nearly 20% of children and families from our area had to travel out of the region to obtain care when the children’s hospital was full. The new facility will increase the number of beds from 101 to 128 beds, with room to expand to 160.
- 400 specially trained pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff, 70 pediatric specialists, six child life specialists, a music therapist and a specialized schoolteacher on staff.
- The Child Advocacy Program provides support and education to more than 95,000 people, including unintentional injury prevention and health education.
- Recipient of The Leapfrog Group Top Children’s Hospital 2016 and the national Path to Excellence Award in Patient Experience given by the National Research Corporation with more than 98% of patients saying they were satisfied overall with care at the facility.