FORT MYERS — Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers will mark its grand opening April 1.
The public opening of the nearly 300,000-square-foot, seven-floor facility will include a ribbon cutting, tours, children's activities and entertainment by local schools.
The hospital is part of Lee Health and opened in 1994 within HealthPark Medical Center. It was renamed Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida after Tom Golisano's capital campaign donation for the new facility. The hospital is next to HealthPark Medical Center on Bass Road.
“It's hard to believe that it was just four years ago that we launched the challenge to communities in Southwest Florida to raise money to build a new state-of-the-art children's hospital to serve the children and families in this area with the best care possible close to home,” says Tom Golisano in a statement.
The hospital consolidates the medical and ancillary specialty services needed to treat critically ill or injured children into one location. It will have 128 patient beds and serve a five-county region.
According to a press release, the facility also includes a pediatric emergency department with ambulance entrance, a 64-room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, two new MRI units and an acute care pediatric rehab area.