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Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking to Celebrate Community Commitment of $80 Million in Donations and Pledges

Golisano CHildrens Hospital Florida  Exterior RenderingConstruction on new 128-bed state-of-the-art pediatric medical facility is scheduled to begin in 2014 with the new facility scheduled to be open and be fully operational in 2017.

News Coverage of Ceremonial Groundbreaking December 10, 2013

Fort Myers, FL December 10, 2013 – Lee Memorial Health System Foundation celebrated a community commitment of more than $80 million in donations and pledges toward its $100 million Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida capital campaign goal with a Ceremonial Groundbreaking today. The event was held in the Atrium at HealthPark Medical Center located at 9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers. 

Participating were the hospital's namesake benefactorB. Thomas Golisano, Lee Memorial Health System President Jim Nathan, Lee Memorial Health System Executives, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida medical staff, patients, donors and partners and prominent members of the business community.

Golisano Childrens Hospital florida LogoThe event featured updates on Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s capital campaign status, and achievement of Mr. Golisano’s $20 million matching challenge. 

The new facility is being built on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers. 
About Lee Memorial Health System Foundation
Lee Memorial Health System Foundation raises philanthropic dollars on behalf of Lee Memorial Health System including Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital.   The Foundation provides financial support for many service areas including The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, Regional Cancer Center, The Rehabilitation Hospital, Lee Cardiac Care, Older Adult Services, Nursing Research and Pediatric Oncology. Over the past two years, the Foundation has distributed more than $12.4 million to Lee Memorial Health System to support its lifesaving mission.  Please visit or call 239-343-6950 for more information about the role of philanthropy at Lee Memorial Health System.

Lee Memorial Health System – Press Contact Information:
Mary Briggs, APR, CPRC, System Director                                 
Office:  (239) 454-8765                                                                           
Mobile:  (239) 789-5786                                                                                                      

Tom Golisano – Press Contact Information:
Jean Dalmath 
Dalmath Associates Inc. 
Office: (585) 586-6650

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