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Golisano Children’s Hospital receives second half of gift

November 13, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation recently announced its acceptance of $375,000 from Health Management Associates as the second installment of their $750,000 pledge made a year ago.

The gift is a major contribution toward the capital campaign of Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and was matched 100 percent by the Golisano challenge grant.

"Many people in the Health Management family have benefitted from the services of Golisano Children's Hospital," John Starcher, interim president and CEO of Health Management Associates, said. "As a part of the community, we have always pledged our support to enhancing the quality of life in Southwest Florida, and we encourage others to support this vital institution.

"Even if it is a part of a competing hospital system, our associates feel their own sense of ownership in Golisano Children's Hospital," he said. "This contribution is made on behalf of all our associates who appreciate the work the staff and physicians of Golisano Children's Hospital do for the children and families of Southwest Florida."

Health Management Associates consistently is ranked by Fortune Magazine as No. 1 in healthcare in social responsibility and in quality of product and service.

"Last October, Health Management made a commitment of $750,000 toward the capital campaign for Golisano Children's Hospital - Southwest Florida's only comprehensive hospital for children. At the time, Health Management made the first payment of $375,000. True to their word, today we received the second payment of $375,000," Jim Nathan, president of the Lee Memorial Health System, said. "I want to thank the leadership of Health Management for its steadfast support of Golisano Children's Hospital and its role as an institution serving families throughout Southwest Florida."

"While Health Management may be experiencing many current challenges, it says a lot about the character of the company that they would keep their word and follow through on their commitment," he said. "As colleagues in the industry, even as competitors, we all have a mutual desire of ensuring children in our region have access to the best possible care as close to home as possible."

LMHS announced earlier that the challenge match pledged by Tom Golisano has been met. That challenge raised $40 million for the hospital, half from Golisano and half from the generosity of the community, including the HMA pledge.



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