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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


Why is the Children's Hospital Expanding?

The Children’s Hospital has outgrown the existing space at HealthPark. The facility is landlocked and even expansion of adult services cannot occur without expanding the facility.  The current 98 licensed beds (up from 60 when the hospital first opened in 1994) are filled to near capacity 365 days each year. Often children are diverted to the Miami Children’s Hospital or All Children’s in Tampa/St. Petersburg because a bed is not available.


What is the Campaign Goal?

The campaign goal is to raise $100 million over the next 5 years. Currently, $82 million in cash, pledges, and deferred gifts have been received.

Why is philanthropy essential to the new Children's Hospital?

  • Children's Hospital is part of the not-for-profit Lee Health which receives no direct tax support, no United Way Funding, and is not a part of the Children's Miracle Network with major sponsors such as Walmart & Sam's Club, Costco, Marriott, Ace Hardware, and Delta Airlines.
  • More than 2/3 of the children treated at the Children's Hospital are uninsured or on Medicaid not even covering the cost of care.
  • All Children's Hospitals rely on philanthropy to purchase equipment and technology, capital expansion, and to provide non-reimbursable programs and services.


When will the new Children's Hospital Be Built?

The planning and quiet phase of the Capital Campaign began in November, 2010 and construction began in 2014. The new Children's Hospital will open in March 2017.

Where is the new Children's Hospital Being Built?

The new Children's Hospital will be adjacent to HealthPark Medical Center off Bass Road near the intersection of Summerlin Road. The site is centrally located within the region and utilizes the infrastructure of HealthPark Medical Center without duplicating essential services.


What is the total cost of the new Children's Hospital?

Children's Hospital officials worked with HKS to "value engineer" the plans based on the current needs and economy outlook.  The immediate needs of the new Children's Hospital remain in tact, and some of the long-term expansion will be "shelled" so that the hospital can grow as the needs of children in our community demand the expanded services.  The current projected cost of the new Children's Hospital is $202 million.  This includes:

     Construction                   $132,747,171

     Technology/Equipment   $37,230,291

     Fees                                $32,184,165


How much is Lee Health Contributing To the Project?

The policy of the Lee Health Board of Directors is to allocate no more than 50% of the previous years’ operating gain to capital projects.  Given historical returns of less than 3%, this would amount to $25 million that is spread across the entire health care system for all capital expansion and equipment needs. 

Lee Health will continue to monitor operating gains and contribute whatever is possible from annual operating gains towards expediting the Children’s Hospital Tower.  However, philanthropy is the quickest way of ensuring that the Tower gets built.

Lee Health will issue a bond at the appropriate time and to secure the best possible rate when philanthropic funds are no longer available.


Who is the Architect?

Harvard Jolly has been selected as the lead architect.

Who is leading the GOAL Capital Campaign?

Joe Catti is the chair of the campaign. The campaign also has multiple champions and volunteers known as "pod leaders". Twenty-Five (25) community leaders, philanthropists, and business leaders were identified to each raise a minimum of $5 million from their "Pod" which is a group of their friends, associates. These Pod Leaders are actively working to accomplish the goal by hosting receptions, inviting people to take tours of the Children's Hospital, and asking people to invest in the future of Children's Health Care in our community.