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Chick-fil-A Brightens Day for Golisano Patients

8/04/2016

Representatives from Southwest Florida Chick-fil-A stores recently visited Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to share delicious food and giveaways with patients and staff while at the same time presenting a check for $10,000 to help young patients.

The check represented proceeds from Chick-fil-A’s Frosted Lemonade promotion held at Southwest Florida locations on Pine Island Road, Cypress Lake Drive, Colonial Boulevard, Alico Road, Estero, Naples Center, Port Charlotte and Coastland Center Mall. Stores donated $1 for each drink sold during the month of June to the Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about giving opportunities at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Memorial Health System, email Foundation@LeeMemorial.org, visit www.LeeMemorial.org/Foundation or call (239) 343-6053.

KidCare Enrollment Offered at Back-to-School Event Aug. 8 at Coconut Point

8/04/2016

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Health Planning Committee are hosting a Florida KidCare Back to School event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 8 at the Lee Memorial Health System Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point, 23190 Fashion Drive, Suite 105, Estero.

The Florida Legislature passed a new law that helps many immigrant children who lawfully reside in Florida obtain health insurance coverage. Prior to this change, non-citizen children living in Florida had to be lawfully in the United States at least five years before they qualified for health insurance through the Florida KidCare program. As of July 1, there is no longer a waiting period for children to enroll and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Health Planning Committee are ready to help. 

The event includes:

Free KidCare enrollment assistance

Referral and registration information for 

o The United Way of Lee County Help Me Grow program

o The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida

o Early Steps of Southwest Florida

Games, chance prizes and more…

Additionally, interviews will be available with the following community leaders:

Dr. Gregory Adkins, superintendent, School District of Lee County

Joseph Davis, chief marketing officer, Florida Healthy Kids Corporation

Dr. Anthony Pietroniro, Lee Physician Group pediatrician

Kim Samuelson, manager, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida KidCare Program

For more information, call Lee Memorial Health System’s Healthy Life Center at 239-495-4475 or email HealthyLifeCenter@LeeMemorial.org. 

Daneshmand Named to Lead Quality and Safety at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

8/04/2016

K. Alex Daneshmand, D.O., MBA, has been promoted to system medical director of clinical quality and safety at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. In his new role, Dr. Daneshmand collaborates with other leaders and clinical departments to advance pediatric operational performance and improve the effectiveness of inpatient medical care. Additionally, using clinical data, Dr. Daneshmand works with medical staff and nursing to identify, redesign and improve process variations in clinical quality and safety.

Dr. Daneshmand joined Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in 2007 as a physician in the pediatric intensive care unit. During his tenure with the hospital, he also served as medical director of the pediatric procedural sedation center, on the oversight system medical staff quality services committee and as chairman of the pediatric medical staff quality committee. Dr. Daneshmand began his role as part-time medical director of quality in August 2015, and assumed the role in a full-time capacity in June 2016.

“During the short period in his part-time position, Dr. Daneshmand developed a quality scorecard for all units within the children’s hospital, and organized multiple quality subcommittees to reduce infection and hospital acquired conditions at Golisano Children’s Hospital,” says Chuck Krivenko, M.D., chief medical officer, clinical and quality services for Lee Memorial Health System. “Now, as full-time system medical director for the children’s hospital, Dr. Daneshmand acts as a resource to all clinical leadership in promoting common goals of patient safety, excellent clinical outcomes and improved quality of care.”

Prior to joining Golisano Children’s Hospital, Dr. Daneshmand served as director of pediatric intensive care quality utilization, co-medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care assistant professor at UF Health at Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.

Dr. Daneshmand earned his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He completed a pediatric residency at Michigan State University and Sparrow Hospital in East Lansing, Mich., as well as a pediatric intensive care fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Dr. Daneshmand also earned his Master of Business Administration at Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.

Local philanthropist hosts summer picnic for patients of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

8/01/2016

Children that are current or former patients of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and their families recently enjoyed a summer picnic on July 7 at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers, presented by Janet Cohen of Naples and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Child Life Team from Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida provided activities such as water balloons, silly string wars, bubbles, music, face painting and balloon sculptures for picnickers to enjoy. The event featured a catered lunch by Mission BBQ of Fort Myers, and Southern SnoBalls served specialty snow cones to guests. At the end of the day, the children were given goodie bags to take home as a memento of their fun-filled day.

The idea for the summer picnic was inspired by Cohen, who recently donated $3 million to support Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, with a goal of providing a day for the kids to “just be kids, have fun and not have to worry about being sick for the day.” 

“The summer picnic provided a great way for our current and former patients to enjoy a day of fun and laughter with their families, and it was heartwarming to see the happy smiles on the faces of the children and loved ones that have gone through so much,” said Kathy Bridge-Liles, chief administrative officer for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Scheduled for completion in early 2017, the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will include 128 beds for the care of local children along with the latest medical equipment and a specialty trained team of medical care providers. The 292,000-square-foot facility, currently under construction on the HealthPark campus, will be completely dedicated to pediatric specialty care. Through the generous support of local residents and businesses, $98.8 million has been raised to help build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. 

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is part of Lee Memorial Health System in Florida. It is the only acute care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. The children’s hospital opened in 1994 within HealthPark Medical Center. The name was changed to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in 2012. Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, the primary fund raising entity for Golisano Children's Hospital, is currently engaged in a major capital campaign to enhance pediatric hospital care in Southwest Florida by raising $100 million to build and equip a new 128-bed children's hospital on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center. For more info, visit ChildrensHospitalGoal.org.

Crunch Fitness Car Wash

7/27/2016

Crunch Fitness will hold a car wash and free boot camp on Saturday, July 30 to raise money for Barbara’s Friends – Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund and Kimmie’s Angels Assistance Fund. The fund will support, sustain and enhance Barbara’s Friends’ mission to financially assist pediatric oncology and hematology patients treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Crunch Fitness, located at 16230 Summerlin Rd., Fort Myers will offer free boot camps at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. with the car wash running from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. All activities are free with a suggested donation to Barbara’s Friends and Kimmie’s Angels Assistance Fund.

This is the first fundraising effort to establish the Kimme’s Angels Assistance Fund. The fund was established in honor of Barbara’s Friends Chairman, Al Kinkle, whose daughter Kimberly passed away suddenly in December 2015 at the age of 35.            

The event will be held rain or shine. 

For more information please contact Sally Wilson with the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation at 239-343-6057 or sally.wilson@leememorial.org.

Barbara’s Friends, established in 1995 is celebrating 20 years of providing equipment, staffing and additional services to support lifesaving cancer care provided to children from across Southwest Florida at Golisano Children’s Hospital.  Services provided through the fund are not typically reimbursed by public or private insurance.  The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at the Children’s Hospital is the ONLY program of its kind here in Southwest Florida and has served over 3,500 patients since opening.  No child is denied treatment or turned away as a result of their family’s inability to pay for care.

Frazier Joins Lee Memorial Health System Foundation as Major Gift Officer

7/18/2016

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is proud to welcome Anne Frazier, major gift officer.

In her new role, Frazier will lead outreach and fundraising efforts in Naples and South Lee County to continue the momentum of the $100 million capital campaign to build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Her new responsibilities will help ensure philanthropic support for patient care, programs and services at the new Golisano | Nicklaus Children’s Health Center opening in Naples in November 2016.

“We are delighted to have Anne Frazier as part of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation team,” says Skip Leonard, chief foundation officer. “Anne brings a wealth of knowledge about our community, as well as passion, dedication and a commitment to building partnerships that will impact the community for generations to come.”

Frazier is an experienced executive professional with more than 17 years of building relationships within local and global communities. Most recently, she worked in international development as the director of global strategy and partnerships for Hope for Haiti. She also served as president/CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, and chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge in Martinsville, Va.

Frazier currently serves on the board of the Leadership Collier Foundation and chairs the Alumni Association™ Leadership Lunch Series. She is secretary of the Greater Naples Area Planned Giving Council and serves on the advisory board for Gulfshore Business magazine.

Her proven ability to manage effectively, build social capital and be outcomes focused earned her the honor of being named one of Virginia’s Influential Women of 2010 by Virginia Lawyer’s Media. She was honored by Gulfshore Business as one of their “40 Under 40” in September 2012, and by the Business Observer as one of their “40 Under 40” in October 2013. She also was recognized as a Southwest Florida Power Players “Rising Star” in the April 2014 issue of Gulfshore Business.

HealthPark Medical Center Named Among the Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.

7/14/2016

HealthPark Medical Center ranked 18th in the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. for 2016 by Soliant Health, a leading provider of specialized healthcare staffing services whose travelers have observed the link between beautiful hospitals and pleased patients as they work in facilities around the country.

In addition to being an award-winning hospital recognized for high quality cardiology, pulmonary, critical and surgical care, HealthPark Medical Center is also known for its beautiful design—both inside and out—which promotes healing and comfort for patients and their families. A light-filled atrium brings Florida’s natural beauty and sunlight indoors, and provides a soothing reprieve from the clinical setting for visitors, patients and staff.  The Flavor Harvest Café features a modern design with rounded dark-wood counters and glass-enclosed food stations. Ample seating in the dining room and atrium provide additional locations for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy the surroundings. Visitors to HealthPark Medical Center often compare the hospital to a luxury hotel or cruise ship.

“We are honored to, once again, earn the recognition as one of the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the nation,” says Donna Giannuzzi, chief administrative officer, HealthPark Medical Center. “Hospital visits are stressful for patients and their loved ones, and a pleasing environment can aid in reducing anxiety and enhancing recovery. For our staff, working in such a beautiful and healing environment is something we all appreciate and we take great pride in our hospital and the high quality care we provide.”

HealthPark Medical Center is more than just a pretty place. It is home to the innovative Shipley Cardiothoracic Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida—which is the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. It also houses leading-edge technology, including advanced diagnostic imaging and an expansive surgical department.

Soliant Health’s 8th annual list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America were chosen through an online voting process with more than 157,000 votes cast. To learn more about Soliant Health’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S., please visit http://blog.soliant.com/most-beautiful-hospitals/2016/

Lee Memorial Health System Invites Mothers to Join the Big Latch On

7/14/2016

During the first week of August, thousands of breastfeeding women and their children will gather within their communities to join in the Global Big Latch On, an annual two-day event held in various locations around the world. The Global Big Latch On is organized each year during World Breastfeeding Week to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support.

Lee Memorial Health System invites mothers to take part in the Global Big Latch On events Friday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m., at these three locations:

Cape Coral Hospital – New Café

HealthPark Medical Center – 4th Floor Atrium

Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point

Registration begins at 10 a.m.

“The Global Big Latch On is a great opportunity to show support for breastfeeding,” explains Nancy Travis, RN, director, Women and Neonatal Services, Cape Coral Hospital. “Involving the community in a global event makes breastfeeding more accepted as part of everyday life and removes social barriers, which we hope will encourage and support mothers to continue as long as possible in order to maximize the benefits for both mom and child.”

The first Big Latch On took place in New Zealand in 2005, and has grown into a global event.

The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life, then continued breastfeeding and appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age, or beyond, as mutually desired by the mother and child.

Benefits of breastfeeding:

Breast milk provides all of the nutrients your baby needs for the first 6 months of life.

Breastfed babies have fewer allergies, stomach problems, and respiratory and ear infections.

Breast milk is free and convenient. You always have a supply and it is always the perfect temperature.

Breastfeeding is good for the environment—there is no trash to discard.

Moms who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer

For more information about the Global Big Latch On, please visit www.biglatchon.org or call Cape Coral Hospital at 239-424-2217; HealthPark Medical Center at 239-343-5271; or the Healthy Life Center at 239-495-4475.

Forest Country Club Pledges $50,000 - Gift Supports Golisano Capital Campaign

6/29/2016

The Forest Country Club recently confirmed their commitment to help children served by Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida by making a $50,000 pledge to support the hospital’s capital campaign.  Funds will support construction of the new hospital facility currently being built on the HealthPark Medical Center campus in south Lee County.  The new hospital will open in early 2017.

No stranger to helping the children’s hospital, The Forest Country Club has played host to the annual Boston Red Sox Children’s Hospital Celebrity Classic golf tournament for the past 23 years.  Each year hundreds of Forest residents turn out in full force to volunteer their time for what has become one of Southwest Florida’s most anticipated charity golf events.  The event has raised millions of dollars to provide children from across Southwest Florida with lifesaving and life-changing hospital care.  

“With this gift and the generous support provided to the annual Red Sox tournament, The Forest Country Club has truly confirmed its role as a major partner with Golisano Children’s Hospital,” said Skip Leonard, chief foundation officer, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.  “The assistance we receive from the Forest community is phenomenal and greatly appreciated by everyone, especially our young patients.”

Planning is well underway for the 2017 Boston Red Sox charity golf event.  For information about early-bird sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Katy Martinez, event lead, at 239-343-6076 or BostonGolf@LeeMemorial.org.

Skanska Gates reels in $76,403 to benefit new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

6/27/2016

Skanska Gates, the joint venture company leading the construction of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, brought in $76,403 to benefit the hospital during a recent fishing tournament at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina.

“As they near completion of building the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, Skanska Gates continues to bring their team and the community together to provide financial support to help us reach our campaign goal,” said Kathy Bridge-Liles, Chief Administrative Officer for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. “We are grateful for their continued contributions, both physically and fiscally, to this most important project.”

Scheduled for completion in early 2017, the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will include 128 beds for the care of local children along with the latest medical equipment and a specialty trained team of medical care providers. The 292,000-square-foot facility, currently under construction on the HealthPark campus, will be completely dedicated to pediatric specialty care. Through the generous support of local residents and businesses, $98.8 million has been raised to help build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. 

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is part of Lee Memorial Health System in Florida. It is the only acute care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. The children’s hospital opened in 1994 within HealthPark Medical Center. The name was changed to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in 2012. Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, the primary fund raising entity for Golisano Children's Hospital, is currently engaged in a major capital campaign to enhance pediatric hospital care in Southwest Florida by raising $100 million to build and equip a new 128-bed children's hospital on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center. For more info, visit ChildrensHospitalGoal.org.