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Annual Letter from Armando Llechu

Over the past five years, the team at Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital have been working to expand our position as a trusted partner in the delivery of mental and behavioral healthcare to the children of Southwest Florida. This much needed service is traditionally poorly reimbursed, and on a national level, faces severe limitations to access, yet is desperately needed by the tens of thousands of children suffering right here in our region. We are proud of what we [...].

An Annual Letter from Child Advocacy

Over the last year, with the generosity and support of our community, the Kids’ Minds Matter team at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has grown!  Due to the increased need and support, I have moved into a supervisory position to oversee both the public education efforts as well as the new Mental Health Navigator program we have started with the Lee and Collier School Districts. Lorena Rodriguez is now coordinating the public education programs and we have hired an experienced Child Advocate, Laura Ferrari, to teach courses with us to expand our prevention [...].

An Annual Letter from Dr. Paul Simeone

The past year has been a banner period for Kids' Minds Matter (KMM) and I want to take a few minutes to celebrate our collective accomplishments. Before I do though, I need to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you for your generosity, thoughtfulness and support. We come to you, year after year, asking for your help and, time and again, you join us in the shared vision of improving the pediatric behavioral health of our kids here [...].

COVID-19 is Affecting Children Everywhere

Armando Llechu, Chief Administrative Officer, Golisano Children’s Hospital  There is a prevalent belief that coronavirus (or COVID-19) is a disease that primarily affects older or immuno-compromised adults, but unfortunately, that’s not entirely the case. And, yes, while the largest number of patients and deaths are in the older adult population, the impact on children thus far has been vast and wide, in ways you may not even know.   At Golisano Children’s Hospital, we’re seeing the impact of coronavirus up close and personal. In our hospital, we have treated several patients [...].

Lee Health Partners with Florida Gulf Coast University to Educate Mental Health Counselors

As part of Kids’ Minds Matter’s continuing investment in growing the capacity of mental health resources for children in the region, Lee Health Foundation has partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University to provide scholarships to high-achieving students enrolled in the university’s mental health counseling master’s program. Through this scholarship, the foundation hopes to enhance children’s mental health resources by supporting a pool of future mental health counselors with hopes they will stay in in the area. “There’s an overwhelming shortage [...].

Annual Letter from the Founders of Kids’ Minds Matter

Since its inception almost 6 years ago, Kids’ Minds Matter has been focused solely on providing mental healthcare for the children living in Southwest Florida. We are honored to have partnered with Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital to make mental healthcare available in our community. When we began this journey, there was little, if any, care available for children, particularly the large percentage of our population on Medicare or without insurance coverage. Thanks to the many donors in our [...].