New Burn Service Offers Treatment Close to Home

Golisano Children’s Hospital Now Treating Minor Burns Locally

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Nov. 20, 2017) Within two weeks of officially opening its new burn service Oct. 16, two children with burns were treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The new burn service, for the treatment of minor burns, is the latest addition to the children’s hospital offerings. Prior to October, 10 children were transferred this year to burn facilities in the Tampa or Miami area for treatment. In 2016, seven children were transferred out of the area for burn treatment.

“Our No. 1 goal at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has always been to keep kids and their families close to home for specialized medical care,” says Armando Llechu, Chief Administrative Officer. “The experience and expertise of our pediatric surgical and intensive care unit teams are the catalysts for the new burn service. By adopting the algorithms developed by our team, the emergency and trauma physicians across the Lee Health system and Lee County EMS are supporting the new service, and ultimately, the community.”

Based on the U.S. Census Bureau population estimates for the area, and the rate of overall nonfatal injury due to fire or burns defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 190 per 100,000, Lee County could see more than 200 nonfatal burn patients annually.

The new service will provide treatment for burns that cover less than 20% of the total body surface area, with variable causes mostly related to injury as a result of hot objects or liquids, as well as those accompanied by trauma. In addition, the hospital’s sedation center staff is adept at providing a pain free experience for otherwise painful or scary procedures. “Changing burn dressings can be very painful,” says Alyssa Bostwick, RN, project facilitator for the burn service. “The sedation center’s expertise and our experienced child life specialists help make dressing changes less painful and less scary.” Dressing changes can be scheduled in the sedation center in coordination with the pediatric surgical team after hospital discharge.

A database of all pediatric burn patients treated or assessed and transferred is being compiled to track multiple factors, such as cause of burn, percentage of body surface burned, referral source, treatment, etc., to determine barriers to treatment, and future needs of the service.

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

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 or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of SWFL at (239) 437-0202.

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