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Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
Construction of Hospital, Expansion of Pediatric Care and Services
Since it opened within HealthPark Medical Center in 1994, The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida—now called Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida—has been ‘a hospital within a hospital,’ delivering lifesaving and routine care for children, adolescents and their families throughout our five-county area. As the only accredited children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami, the hospital’s admissions, treatments, surgeries and Emergency Department visits increased substantially through the years.
Now, with the planned construction and expansion of Golisano Children’s Hospital, additional space, specialty physicians and programs, and other services mean more comprehensive, consolidated and coordinated care for children delivered by a large group of staff and volunteers specifically trained to care for childhood diseases and injuries.
“There are a variety of positive impacts for our community,” explains Dan Fink, chief administrative officer of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “First of all, the expansion allows us to keep kids close to home, family, friends and their primary care doctor while they receive the medical care they need—this is a huge part of our commitment to family-centered care. New facilities also give us the opportunity to broaden our services—including expanding our current pediatric cardiology and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) services, as well as adding urology and other surgical subspecialties, such as, potentially, pediatric neurosurgery.”
Emad Salman, M.D., pediatric hematologist/ oncologist and medical director of Golisano Children’s Hospital, says the hospital is full most of the year with no room to grow. “The expansion will give us the bed capacity needed for our present population,” he says. “This also allows us to expand in the future, depending on population trends.”
Dan adds that planning for the expansion, using a process called LEAN Project Design, enables staff to look at current processes to determine better workflow and eliminate waste. This process helps create a safer, more efficient work environment so the staff can deliver the highest quality care and spend the optimal amount of time assisting the patient and family. The environment and the patient rooms of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital also will be squarely aligned with familycentered care principles.
Additionally, Golisano Children’s Hospital is looking to create specific early intervention programs for autism, pediatric obesity and child behavioral services. This is where the next phase of fundraising will be critical, Dan says. “After the fundraising for the building is done, we will need significant endowments in order to create and sustain these programs,” he explains.
“This type of care is not reimbursed by insurance and 70 percent of our patients are on Medicaid, so we must have financial assistance to create and sustain these critical programs.”
The future is exciting for Golisano Children’s Hospital—for staff at the hospital and for our community.
“We are the center of pediatric care and care management in our community,” Dan says. “We want to make sure that proper, coordinated and continuous care is here for all children when they need it. We are committed to working with pediatricians, specialists and other children’s hospitals to make sure that we are always doing what is best for children, adolescents and their families.”
“...the expansion allows us to keep kids close to home, family, friends and their primary care doctor while they receive the medical care they need—this is a huge part of our commitment to family-centered care.”
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida - Joseph West Story