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Case Statement

SUMMARY – The Campaign GOAL (Gift of a Lifetime) For Children

In November 2010, the Lee Health Foundation (the fundraising arm for Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida) officially launched The Campaign GOAL for Children -- a 5-year $100 million capital campaign to offset the $201 million required to expand the existing Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida at HealthPark Medical Center. The campaign will result in a new 292,000 square-foot, 7-story tower connected to HealthPark Medical Center that will completely house the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.  The hospital will grow from its current 98 licensed beds, to 128 beds.


The investments made by donors to the GOAL Capital Campaign will result in a new Children’s Hospital that will:

  • Accommodate increases in admissions – which grew 28% from 2004-2010 and now number 5,000 admissions and 40,000 outpatient treatments annually;
  • Eliminate need for diversions – 18-20% of children leave the area annual for healthcare services not provided by the Children’s Hospital;
  • Consolidate services – The current Children’s Hospital is inefficiently spread across 5 different floors in far reaching corners of HealthPark Medical Center;
  • Provide more family-friendly amenities – some rooms in current facility do not allow parents or grandparents to stay and offer limited or no privacy; and
  • Recapture adult beds – 45 beds will return to adult care addressing a community-wide shortage of beds.


TIME LINE (proposed)

2010 - Architect Firm Selected to Prepare Program Statement, Vision, and Renderings

2010 - Capital Campaign Launched

2012 - Selection of Design Architect & Request for Bids From Construction Companies

2013 - Groundbreaking

2017 - Dedication



Costs                                                                                     Offsetting Revenue

Construction                 $133 million                             Philanthropy Goal - $100 million

Equipment/furnishings  $37 million                               Operations/Bonds - $101 million

Fees                              $31 million

Estimated Cost             $201 million 



With nearly 70 percent of the patients uninsured or on Medicaid, no direct tax support, no funding from the Children’s Miracle Network, and severe budget cuts to state and federal healthcare funding, the vision of Golisano Children’s Hospital expansion will only be accomplished with philanthropic support from generous individuals, families, corporations, and foundations. Nearly $82 million has been pledged or received to date.



The planned expansion to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida (aka “America’s Newest Children’s Hospital”) will be exclusively devoted to serving the needs of children and families in our region.  The architect firm of Harvard Jolly with experience designing other major children’s healthcare facilities, has incorporated feedback from patients, parents, and care providers to ensure that the new facility will be among the safest, most efficient, and most family-friendly Children’s Hospitals in the country.

Goals include: 

  • Sufficient space for all children and grandchildren to be treated close to home without diversions to other children’s hospitals;
  • Accommodations for parents and caregivers to stay with their children and grandchildren 24 hours a day during critical times;
  • Enabling facilities and technology for dedicated pediatric medical staff to efficiently and cost-effectively save lives;
  • Expansion of new specialties, treatments, and procedures and additional pediatric and adult beds.


Specific spaces will include:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Level 3 (32 beds)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Level 2 (32 beds)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (16 beds/8 shelled)
  • Medical/Surgical Unit 1 (24 beds)
  • Medical Surgical Unit 2 (12 beds/24 shelled)
  • Chrissy Brown Hematology/Oncology Inpatient Unit (12 beds)
  • Barbara's Friends Hematology/Oncology Center:
  •     Chrissy Brown Inpatient Unit (12 beds)
  •     Outpatient Unit
  •          - Exam Rooms/Procedure Rooms
  •     Infustion Center
  •            -Infusion Rooms and Bays
  •     Yawkey Counseling Center
  • Emergency Department (17 Bays)
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • Diagnostic Unit
  • MRI Suite
  • Sedation Center
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Entertainment/Performance Stage
  • Family Lounges
  • Playrooms
  • In-Hospital School Classroom
  • Family Resource Center
  • Conference Rooms



We invite the community to make gifts, pledges, or estate gifts to help build “America’s Newest Children’s Hospital.”  Gifts can be received in any of the following ways:

  • Cash
  • Pledge (over a 5-year period)
  • Appreciated Stock (avoid paying capital gains)
  • Name the Children’s Hospital as beneficiary - in trust, will, universal life insurance policy, or IRA.
  • Establish a Charitable Lead Trust  - irrevocably transfer assets from which the income would support the Children’s Hospital for a period of years or for the life of an individual. Then, the assets return to other beneficiaries (usually children or grandchildren) substantially reducing or even eliminating estate and gift taxes.
  • Establish a Charitable Remainder Trust – irrevocably transfer assets from which the income would support you or an individual for a period of years or for the life of an individual. Then, the remainder of the trust would be distributed outright to support the Children’s Hospital.
  • Establish a Charitable Gift Annuity -  donate a minimum of $25,000 and receive income for life at a guaranteed rate. Receive a tax deduction at the time of your gift for a portion of the initial investment, and receive a portion of your life income payments tax free for a period of years. At the time of death, the remaining principal and income in the annuity supports the Children’s Hospital.



All gifts to support the Children’s Hospital GOAL Capital Campaign from individuals, corporations, foundations, and through irrevocable bequests (with a signed estate note) will be recognized on a donor recognition wall.  Donors may also be recognized through press releases and press announcements depending on the level of gift and the donor’s preference. Specific naming opportunities are available for gifts over $10,000.



For more information or to learn about specific ways to be involved with the GOAL Campaign for Children contact the Lee Health Foundation Office at (239) 343-6950 or email