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Donor pledges $3 million to hospital

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  • | 3:39 p.m. March 25, 2016
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FORT MYERS — Naples philanthropist Janet Cohen pledged $3 million for the Golisano Children's Hospital under construction in Fort Myers.

“We began our journey to build the new Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida five years ago. Mrs. Cohen's support marks another major milestone in our mission to assure lifesaving and life-changing care while keeping children with complex health needs as close to home as possible,” says Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System, in a statement.

Lee Memorial's 128-bed children's building is under construction on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers and is scheduled to open in spring 2017.

The garden on the grounds of the hospital will be named in honor of Cohen. The garden's features will include seating, tables, a water fountain, play structures and herb and butterfly gardens designed to provide a welcoming environment and to promote healing and well-being.

“It is my hope the many young patients and families who use the garden will find it a means to lift their spirits while undergoing treatment,” says Cohen in a statement.


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