Media Relations2020-01-27T17:00:31-05:00

Media Relations

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A Letter from Dr. Emad Salman, Regional Medical Director, Golisano Children’s Hospital

Kids shouldn’t get cancer. They shouldn’t be in a hospital, suffer through the sickness, bear mediports, endure infusions, lose their hair and suffer the worst battle of their life at such an innocent age. But they do.Kids get cancer and it happens right here in Southwest Florida. I’ve been a pediatric oncologist for more than 20 years and looking parents in the face and saying, ‘your child has cancer’ never gets easier. It’s heartbreaking.This year alone, while the world is [...].

Fifth Third Bank Grants $25,000 to Lee Health to Aid in COVID-19 Support and Relief Efforts

Lee Health Foundation has received $25,000 from community partner Fifth Third Bank to help address the immediate and evolving needs arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Southwest Florida. While the needs are changing on a daily basis and long-term effects of the novel coronavirus are unknown, supportive funding has been crucial to providing necessary equipment, support and assistance to employees, patients and families. “We are making this $25,000 donation to support Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital, [...].

A Letter from Chris Simoneau, Chief Foundation and Development Officer, Lee Health

Dear Friend of Lee Health,  On behalf of Lee Health, thank you for the many notes, calls, emails and texts in support of the hospital throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Your continued support, both financially and spiritually, have been a blessing to all of us in the health system. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that our community has provided, especially for our healthcare heroes on the frontlines of the pandemic.  Many of you have inquired about Lee Health’s status, and I hope to shed [...].

Lee Health and NCH Receive Support from Bank of America to Combat the Effects of COVID-19 Regionally

SWFL Stronger Together Campaign Surpasses $1 Million in Community Support   As nonprofit healthcare systems Lee Health and NCH continue to lead the region’s fight against COVID-19, the Southwest Florida community has stepped up to support the lifesaving mission of the “SWFL Stronger Together” campaign and provide aid for the healthcare heroes on the frontline of the crisis. Bank of America is the latest partner to contribute, granting $75,000 to ensure a meaningful impact in the community it serves.   “Healthcare professionals are on the frontlines of our communities providing critical services to [...].

Lee Health and NCH report healthcare campuses safe and fully operational amid reopening of public spaces in SWFL region

SWFL Safer Together Campaign Encourages Continued Safety Protocols and Regional Return to Normal Health Care Practices by Community  As Southwest Florida reopens public spaces and activities, the Southwest Florida region’s healthcare leaders Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System (NCH) continue to work together on regional efforts to combat the challenges and effects presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, the nonprofit organizations have been leading the “SWFL Stronger Together” campaign to combat COVID-19 regionally while encouraging community support of frontline heroes through safety compliance and donations.  Today, Lee Health and NCH announced the next phase of their collaboration with the “SWFL Safer Together” campaign, reflective of the region’s transition to safely reopen after flattening the curve on the coronavirus pandemic. They [...].

Panda Express Feeds Frontline Staff at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

To help feed and comfort medical professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Panda Express has donated 200 lunches to Golisano to help those treating the youngest members of our community.  Big smiles were found under every mask at Golisano when they saw Orange Chicken, white rice, bok choy and fortune cookies donated by CMN partner Panda Express last week. What a special surprise to our frontline heroes.  Panda Express continues its commitment to ensure that the health care needs of their local communities are met now and into the future through its philanthropic arm Panda Cares, powered by the funds raised by [...].

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