“Top Hospital” Bestowed on Golisano Children’s Hospital, Again

Coveted Leapfrog Award Earned by Lee Health Hospital Two Years in a Row

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Dec. 8, 2017) --- For the second year in a row, Lee Health’s Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Only 10 children’s hospitals in the country - four in Florida - earned this prestigious distinction, which highlights each hospital’s highest commitment to safety and quality care of children.

The selection of Top Children’s Hospitals is based on the results of the 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including inpatient care management, medication safety, and infections and injuries. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated caring team of quality nurses and physicians that look after our children’s health in this community. We earned this award because of their commitment to quality and safety of children every day,” according to Dr. Alex Daneshmand, Acute Care Medical Officer of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

“It is an honor to be among this elite group of children’s hospitals in the nation to earn the Top Hospital honor from The Leapfrog Group,” says Armando Llechu, chief administrative officer, Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Our mission has always been to keep children close to home for the medical care they require. This Top Hospital endorsement from The Leapfrog Group shows that the care is not just available, but that it is leading-edge, safe and of the highest quality. To earn this prestigious award two years in a row reflects our continued commitment to maintain these high standards.”

“We are proud to recognize Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.

In May, Golisano Children’s Hospital moved into its new, child-friendly and state-of-art-facility located next to HealthPark Medical Center on Bass Road. Previously a “hospital within a hospital” at HealthPark Medical Center, the new seven-story facility encompasses 300,000 square feet including Level II and Level III neonatal intensive care units, a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, dedicated pediatric emergency services and a state-of-the-art Pediatric ICU.

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization working towards improvement in the quality and safety of American health care. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

About Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the only acute care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. Part of Lee Health, the children’s hospital opened in 1994 within HealthPark Medical Center. In 2012, the hospital was renamed Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida after B. Thomas Golisano’s generous donation to the capital campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art facility. Lee Health Foundation, the primary fundraising entity for Golisano Children’s Hospital, is nearing the end of the capital campaign to raise $100 million to build and equip the new, 300,000-square-foot, 128-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital, which is set to open in the spring of 2017. For more information, visit www.GolisanoChildrensSWFL.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida’s mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children in Southwest Florida. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida supports The Ronald McDonald House®, The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, Grants and Scholarships. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit the web site at www.rmhcswfl.org or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of SWFL at (239) 437-0202.

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