2017-05-17 / Top News

Moving day


The first patient coming through on the first floor. The first patient coming through on the first floor. Moving critically ill children from one hospital to another requires great precision. So the staff at the new Golisano Children’s Hospital had practice runs before all the patients and staff were moved on May 10. Beds, isolettes and wheelchairs were rolled from the former pediatric space in HealthPark Medical Center next door, transporting patients to the new hospital. The 300,000-square-foot, 128-bed hospital is the only acute care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. More than 500 specially trained pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff provides care for children as young as premature infants to adolescents. ¦

PHOTOS BY VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLY



The second patient coming through on the first floor. The second patient coming through on the first floor.



Preemies being moved into the Neonatal Intensive Care on the third floor. Preemies being moved into the Neonatal Intensive Care on the third floor.

Dr. Emad Salman, the regional medical officer. Dr. Emad Salman, the regional medical officer.


Large murals depicting Sanibel Island scenes were refurbished and moved from HealthPark Intensive Care on the third floor. Large murals depicting Sanibel Island scenes were refurbished and moved from HealthPark Intensive Care on the third floor.

Lee Health CEO Jim Nathan. Lee Health CEO Jim Nathan.

Moving day is noted in the hallway connecting HealthPark to the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. Moving day is noted in the hallway connecting HealthPark to the new Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Each neighborhood (hallway) in the NICU is color-coded and named. This is Manatee Pass. Each neighborhood (hallway) in the NICU is color-coded and named. This is Manatee Pass.

Colorful outdoor statues set the theme continued in the lobby and throughout the hospital. Colorful outdoor statues set the theme continued in the lobby and throughout the hospital.



Moving Day activities are monitored in the command center. Moving Day activities are monitored in the command center.

The nurses station on NICU. The nurses station on NICU.

The Ambassador Desk on the 5th floor: Behind the desk from left: Ginger DeMarchi, Jen Fox and John Butcher. Around the desk from left: Linda Brown-Lenz, Karen Mueller, Julie Kirkpatrick and Judy Farley. The Ambassador Desk on the 5th floor: Behind the desk from left: Ginger DeMarchi, Jen Fox and John Butcher. Around the desk from left: Linda Brown-Lenz, Karen Mueller, Julie Kirkpatrick and Judy Farley.

Jack Rickard greets people as they arrive and calls a trolley to take them to their cars when they leave. Jack Rickard greets people as they arrive and calls a trolley to take them to their cars when they leave.

Food service workers Alex Camacho and David Paulk (wearing a Captain America mask). Food service workers Alex Camacho and David Paulk (wearing a Captain America mask).

Former Board member Linda Brown Lenz is now a volunteer. Former Board member Linda Brown Lenz is now a volunteer.

Kathy Bridge-Liles, chief administrative officer. Kathy Bridge-Liles, chief administrative officer.
Patients’ rooms include recliners and hide-a-beds so parents can sleep in the rooms.Patients’ rooms include recliners and hide-a-beds so parents can sleep in the rooms.


The hematology/oncology unit features a playroom for patients and their siblings. The hematology/oncology unit features a playroom for patients and their siblings.

At a nurses station. At a nurses station.

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