The Wasie Foundation challenges the community to match $3 million for Golisano Children's Hospital

By: Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Oct. 12, 2021 - PRLog -- The Wasie Foundation has committed to bringing vital programs through the Golisano Children's Hospital and its satellite campuses with a generous challenge grant of $3 million. This investment will impact children's healthcare for the families and children of Southwest Florida.

"The Wasie Foundation is honored to partner with Golisano Children's Hospital on three different initiatives," said Jan Preble, vice president of programs for The Wasie Foundation. "Our hope is for improved access and care for children needing mental health services, pediatric oncology and specialty services, or pediatric neurosurgery."

The Wasie Foundation pledged $1 million each in community challenge matches for:
  • Expanding the Naples Pediatric Specialty & Hematology/Oncology Clinic for cancer care; neurology; developmental pediatrics; cardiology; endocrinology; nephrology; surgery; ear, nose and throat; urology; sleep medicine; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit follow up clinic; gastroenterology; infectious disease; allergy; asthma and respiratory therapies, and addition of ophthalmology.
  • Creating a Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at Golisano Children's Hospital, including recruiting world-class pediatric neurosurgeon(s) to our region in collaboration with Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, equipping operating suites and patient care units with state-of-the-art pediatric neurosurgical equipment, as well as providing training and simulations to the clinical team.
  • Investing in Kids' Minds Matter, by expanding support for pediatric mental and behavioral health, including establishing a new Behavioral Health Clinic at the Bonita Health Center to provide space for five child psychologists and a testing center.
"These grants from The Wasie Foundation, with additional help from the community, will allow us to expand our ability to provide quality care close to home to the patients and families of Southwest Florida," said Dr. Emad Salman, chief physician executive at Golisano Children's Hospital.

The Wasie Foundation grants will allow:
  • Renovation of the Naples Clinic to add six exam rooms, two procedure rooms and more telehealth capability, as well as addition of a new state-of-the-art total immersion chemotherapy infusion room and three additional exam rooms for the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Construction is expected to begin in December, with completion in 2022.
  • Bringing pediatric neurosurgical specialty to the hospital as early as the fall of 2021, with plans for additional programs that require a neurosurgery foundation to be added in the future. Currently, neurosurgical procedures and conditions require children to leave our region for care.
  • Construction on the Behavioral Health Clinic at the Bonita Health Center to begin in fall 2021, with the clinic operational by spring 2022.
"We are so incredibly grateful to The Wasie Foundation for investing in these projects that are critical to the growth of services and access to care for the children in our region," said Alyssa Bostwick, chief nurse executive at Golisano Children's Hospital.

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