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It was not long ago when Southwest Florida families who needed specialized pediatric care had to travel to Miami or Tampa.  Because of the generosity of the community, local children can now get vital lifesaving care closer to home.

The Golisano Children’s Hospital is a standalone, state-of-the-art facility that opened its doors in 2017.  Its mission is to deliver lifesaving care for children and their families.  The hospital  has more than 400 specialty trained pediatric nurses, 257 physicians, 165 advanced providers and has a spectrum of care that spans more than 27 specialty areas, serving more than 35,000 unique patients and their families each year.

There is a belief amongst the staff that every child is special and deserves innovative care in an environment that calms the anxiety of children and their families.  The promise is embedded in the vision that all doctors, nurses, advocates, social workers, administrative staff, and volunteers share the vision and care for all children and their families.

To provide comprehensive care, educate future pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and perform progressive research that leads to the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow, is an ongoing task of the hospital.  With 134 beds, the hospital is the areas only children’s hospital and referral center for all seriously ill or injured children in the region.  There are 3,800 pediatric surgeries per year, more than 39,000 pediatric emergency room visits a year, and approximately one in ten babies born in the region start their lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Golisano Children’s Hospital was named a “Top Children’s Hospital” for three years in a row.  This accolade is in part because of the many staff and volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure all children and families are cared for on a daily basis.  

A big thank you to them all!

Mr. Armando Llechu is the chief administrative officer for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

The Golisano Children’s Hospital:  Putting Health Needs of Children First By Constance White

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”- Neil Gaiman

Hello Everyone.  

My name is D’azariah Holley, and I am 7 years old.  I exercise my mind by reading books because it helps me think more.  Also, reading is fun. Even though I read lots of books, my favorite book I enjoy reading is “McDuff Moves In.”  This story is about a little white dog nobody wanted, and he ran away from a dogcatcher’s truck.  He went looking for a new home. My favorite part is when McDuff finally found love from a new family.  We all need love.

Other kids should choose this book to read because this dog will melt their hearts.  For those kids who do not like to read, shame on you!  Do not miss out on learning new things, so pick up a book and READ.

“McDuff Moves In” is written by Rosemary Wells.

Get Hungry For Education By Nicola North D’azariah Holley

To my colleagues and community leaders, it is our responsibility to get the message out to the people on why we must vote. We must remind them at every opportunity why their vote matters. People matter. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. What matters to me is that our country is in a constitutional crisis. Our democracy is being threatened and trampled upon every day. Your vote matters.

In my humble opinion, we must vote because our lives and our country are at stake. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us that voting is the foundation stone for political action. People fought and died for us to have the right and opportunity to cast our vote.

We must, and I beg you to go vote, to ensure our American values, affordable health care, affordable housing, educational opportunities, safe communities home and abroad, climate change conversations, protect the constitution of the United States, which guarantees justice and liberty for all not some, support funding for mental health and job training, reform our criminal justice system, gun control, environmental protection, water quality and clean air, and immigration reform, stop voter suppression.

Whenever there is an Election Day, a day that should make every American proud. We can make our voices heard and celebrate a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Our Democracy needs an active, engaged, educated population. Civic engagement is key. You can vote right, left, or center, just as long as you vote.

We must get out and vote to elect people who will end the divisiveness of the country. Vote to ensure your children’s future in America. Vote to stop a country from buying more bombs and bullets than books. Vote to bring America together again. Vote for leadership and kindship.

Vote for racial healing. Our lives are depending on your vote.

In conclusion, there must be a concerted effort on the part of African American leaders to arouse our people from the apathetic indifference. In the past, apathy was a moral failure.

Today, it is a form of moral political suicide (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). I leave you with this, “You’ve got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That’s the way we move forward. That’s how we make progress for ourselves and for our country” (Michelle Obama). Speak for yourself. Register to vote, and when the time comes, go vote. Let’s move forward. Not voting moves this country backwards.

This is the opinion solely of Johnny W. Streets, Jr. and not associated with the government of the City of Fort Myers.

Why We Must Vote! Johnny W. Streets, Jr.