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Lee Health Honors Children's Mental Health Philanthropists with Humanitarian Award
By: Lee Health Foundation
By developing clinical pathways to screen and treat patients, enhancing public awareness through education, and lobbying for systemic change and sustainable funding, Kids' Minds Matter aims to align mental health providers, local agencies, the judicial system, law enforcement, schools and faith-based organizations. Since 2016, with the support of thousands of donors and mental health advocates, Kids' Minds Matter has grown to a multidimensional program, enabling Golisano Children's Hospital to increase its providers by over 500%, open three new clinics in this fiscal year, as well as a testing center in Bonita Springs, grow the number of patient visits from 7,000 to over 24,000 in the past year, and reduce the wait times for an appointment from 12 months to just 2 months.
"Throughout the past seven years, there have been many critical investors in helping children through Kids' Minds Matter, and we are grateful to all of them," said Pason Gaddis, chairman of Lee Health Foundation Board of Trustees.
The Frank Haskell Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of quality health care for the citizens of Southwest Florida. The award is named in honor of Frank Haskell, co-founder with his wife Betty, of Barbara's Friends – Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund, which was named in memory of their daughter Barbara after cancer claimed her life when she was far too young. For the past 27 years, Frank has worked tirelessly to help local children win their battles with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. Previous recipients of the award include Steve Machiz, Al Kinkle, Joe Catti, Jim Nathan and Amanda Cross.
The prestigious award was presented at Lee Health Foundation's annual Evening of Appreciation, held April 20 at The Forest Country Club. The formal event thanked an estimated 300 donors and supporters in attendance for their generosity and unwavering commitment to enhancing health care services within the Lee Health network.
For more about health care advocacy in Southwest Florida and philanthropic opportunities with Lee Health, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org.
About Lee Health Foundation
Lee Health Foundation raises philanthropic dollars on behalf of Lee Health including Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital, and Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.