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A Shared Vision of Excellence and Compassion

The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida - a standalone, state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2017 - is on a mission to deliver vital and lifesaving care for children and their families throughout the region. Our highly trained staff believes that every child is special. Children deserve innovative care in an environment that soothes anxiety and fear. All of us - doctors, nurses, advocates, social workers, and volunteers - share that vision and care for you like fammily.

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9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Phone: 239-343-KIDS

Golisano Children's Hospital is located in Fort Myers to serve Southwest Florida and provide access to pediatric specific services

What We Do: Treatments & Services

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida provides a variety of specialized services to take care of our community's children. From our emergency department to behavioral health, surgery to intensive care, orthopedics, cancer treatment, cardiology, and more - we have you covered. Find our comprehensive list of services:

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Studies show too much screen time can affect a child’s brain development and behavioral health---but doctors are now seeing a new concerning connection between electronics and children. “Often, kids get constipated very frequently these days with all the electronic media around. They learn to ignore the signals from the bowel and the bladder, and they tend to hold it longer, and that teaches them bad habits,” explained Dr. A.R. Abd-El-Barr pediatric urologist with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Dr. Abd-El-Barr says the overuse of electronics has become a common cause of urinary tract infections. “If kids are holding their bladder too long, they may set them up for infections. That’s probably one of the more common things I see families for.” While UTI’s can be treated with antibiotics, doctors say it’s also important to teach children good bathroom habits. “Kids generally have to be taught no matter what age. We can’t hold them responsible for emptying their bladder on time, especially with like media and screens, it’s almost like the screen hijacks their brain, and they don’t actually hear or see the signal coming from their bladder,” said Dr. Abd-El-Barr. Encouraging children to listen to their bodies and empty their bladder when they go to the bathroom can prevent bladder problems.

Electronics linked to bathroom problems

Our pediatric urologists understand that children need specialized care. Here Dr. Abd-El-Bar, one of our Pediatric Urologists, explains the connection between electronics and some urinary problems.

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Alyssa's Corner

What's new at Golisano?

Here at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida the care of our patients is truly a top priority. Stay tuned to hear from Program Development Coordinator Alyssa Bostwick about current priorities and what they mean for your family's care.

"Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL is excited to announce that we now provide advanced X-ray studies for pediatric urology concerns right here in our Pediatric Procedural Sedation Unit. This advanced X-ray is called Urodynamics, and it helps physicians better understand a patient’s bladder function and the underlying urologic issue behind their urinary problems. It helps our physician experts view urine flow as it happens using colored dye. The real-time view enables them to identify issues and develop a treatment plan with the parents at the time of testing, right at the child’s bedside. That means you come into the testing with questions and leave the same day with answers and a plan. The testing’s location in the Pediatric Procedural Sedation Unit gives you direct access to a dedicated Child Life Specialist, who provides support and distraction for patients undergoing the procedure, as well as the availability of sedation if needed. Having the highly trained specialists from Child Life there to explain the procedure in ways they can understand gives them confidence, and their ability to distract patients during the procedure is essential to a successful study and compassionate care."

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To make a gift and learn more about giving and volunteer opportunities that support Golisano's Children Hospital of Southwest Florida, contact the Lee Health Foundation at 239-343-6950 or visit