May 10, 2022

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Celebrates 5-Years!

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida at night.

Golisano Celebrates 5 Years #FivingandThrivingSWFLGolisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida celebrated its 5-year anniversary this May! While May marks five years since Golisano opened in its new home, it also marks the realization of a dream that was more than 20 years and thousands of people in the making.

The hospital has gone through many changes over the years, but there is one thing that has never changed: The staff believes in the mission to deliver vital and lifesaving care for children and their families throughout Southwest Florida. We take pride in our exceptional care, and we continue to grow with new services, additional staff members, and innovative solutions to help our patients and their families.

At Golisano, we know that we couldn’t have made it without our wonderful community. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to the next five years.

Tom Golisano was honored to participate in the celebration!

Tom Golisano posing with a group of people at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida's five year celebration.

Tom Golisano giving a speech at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida's five year celebration.

Tom Golisano cutting cake with a group of children at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida's five year celebration.

Special Services and Expansion

Many things make Golisano Children’s Hospital special. It is the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. It is home to the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Perinatal Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Golisano includes comprehensive pediatric services, including a hematology-oncology unit and a 24-hour pediatric emergency department designed especially for kids and their families.

Golisano also features a dedicated child life and child advocacy team, a milk lab, social workers, music therapists, volunteers, teachers, pharmacists, and others who are dedicated to caring for children with compassion, kindness, and respect.

Currently, Golisano has 135 beds, and 70 of those are in the NICU. Others include 36 medical-surgical beds, 16 pediatric ICU beds, and 13 hematology-oncology beds

Community support will continue to be vital to expanding front-line programs to meet the needs of area children, including:

  • Expanding the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Education, Recruitment, Retention and Research
  • Neurosurgery is a new program that provides immediate care for brain and spinal cord injuries, so children don’t need to be transported to a hospital far away
  • Expanding the Emergency Department, which has seen an increase from an average of six patients a day to 138 patients per day
  • Expanding the Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), which at one point in 2021 had 80 babies admitted to the 64-bed unit

“We’ve grown exponentially in the last five years,” Dr. Salman says. “Our goal is to make sure that the number of kids that have to leave this area every year gets less and less to the point that no child will need to leave Southwest Florida for their care.”

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at

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