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Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
$20 Million Donor Revealed
B. Thomas Golisano Steps Forward as Generous Benefactor
The generous, anonymous benefactor who pledged to match dollar-for-dollar all Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign contributions up to $20 million has stepped forward. He is B. Thomas Golisano, a resident of Naples and noted philanthropist.
"This gift stems from my deep admiration for the heroic work of the physicians and clinical staff of The Children's Hospital," Mr. Golisano says. "They provide skilled and passionate care every day, and they are saving the lives of sick and injured children in Southwest Florida."
The founder of Paychex, Inc., a leader in the payroll, human resources and benefits outsourcing industry, Mr. Golisano currently serves as the company's chairman of the board.
Mr. Golisano also is committed to philanthropy. In addition to his pledge to Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida—now renamed in his honor as Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida—his generous gifts include the Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.; Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.; the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples and the Tom Golisano Field House at Ave Maria University. He also is the founding sponsor and major underwriter of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, which convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges in the areas of education, poverty, health and the environment.
"This gift comes as my personal commitment to help Lee Memorial Health System build a hospital where all children in Southwest Florida will receive the best possible care close to home," Mr. Golisano says. "I hope this gift helps leverage support from others in the region and motivates everyone to contribute in a meaningful way to this important endeavor."
Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System, notes that The Children's Hospital is often at capacity, particularly in the neonatal intensive care unit. "We are extremely grateful for Mr. Golisano's generosity, and trust in our vision and talented, caring team," he says. "We hope the tremendous generosity of this challenge grant inspires the community to a deeper commitment in helping build 'America's Newest Children's Hospital.'"
All gifts to the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign support construction of a new, state-of-the-art, 128-bed comprehensive pediatric health care facility on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center. The building—which has expansion capabilities to 160 beds—will consolidate all of the medical and ancillary specialty services required to treat critically ill or injured children from our five-county region.
To make a gift or learn more about giving opportunities available, contact the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation at 239-343-6950 or visit www.ChildrensHospitalGoal.org.
“This gift comes as my personal commitment to help Lee Memorial Health System build a hospital where all children in Southwest Florida will receive the best possible care close to home," ”Mr. Golisano says. “I hope this gift helps leverage support from others in the region and motivates everyone to contribute in a meaningful way to this important endeavor.”
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign