Golisano Hospi­tal’s Un­sung He­roes

Un­sung he­roes at Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of South­west Florida

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For baby boomers born with a con­gen­i­tal heart de­fect, it usu­ally meant a short life. To­day, pe­di­atric car­di­ol­o­gists at Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of South­west Florida are iden­ti­fy­ing con­gen­i­tal heart de­fects while the baby is still in the womb―in some cases, treat­ment can start even be­fore the child is born!

With the open­ing of the brand-new, 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity in May, and a full com­ple­ment of pe­di­atric spe­cial­ists and spe­cially trained nurses and sup­port staff, Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal is a bea­con of hope for crit­i­cally ill and in­jured chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. “As we planned for the open­ing of the new hospi­tal, we wanted to be sure we would have enough spe­cial­ized providers to con­tinue what we were al­ready do­ing, and ex­pand to a greater and bet­ter de­gree of ser­vice,” says Emad Sal­man, M.D., re­gional med­i­cal of­fi­cer for the chil­dren’s hospi­tal.

UN­SUNG HE­ROES

ERIC EASON, M.D. Board cer­ti­fied in pe­di­atric car­di­ol­ogy and pe­di­atrics

CLIN­I­CAL IN­TER­ESTS

Ar­rhyth­mia di­ag­no­sis and man­age­ment Car­diomy­opa­thy Pe­di­atric con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease di­ag­no­sis/man­age­ment Adult con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease man­age­ment Non-in­va­sive imag­ing Fe­tal echocar­dio­gram Pre­na­tal car­diac ab­nor­mal­i­ties

WHAT HE SAYS “We have built our pe­di­atric car­di­ol­ogy prac­tice to treat com­mon is­sues such as chest pain, syn­cope, pal­pi­ta­tions and mur­murs. But we also have ex­panded to treat con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease in both chil­dren and adults. Of­fer­ing a well-rounded prac­tice means more pa­tients get the care they need close to home, which we be­lieve pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant com­fort for our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.” JESSICA KOVARIK, M.D. Board cer­ti­fied in oph­thal­mol­ogy

CLIN­I­CAL IN­TER­ESTS

Eye mus­cle dis­or­ders Am­bly­opia Retinopa­thy of pre­ma­tu­rity (ROP) Child­hood cataracts and glau­coma Pto­sis Na­so­lacrimal duct ob­struc­tions Ocu­lar in­juries

WHAT SHE SAYS “Hav­ing our own chil­dren’s hospi­tal will help us de­liver the care our chil­dren need close to home. The growth of Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and pe­di­atric oph­thal­mol­ogy has al­lowed us to meet the vis­ual needs of the chil­dren of the South­west Florida area in an ex­cit­ing new way, start­ing from our tini­est, most frag­ile pre­ma­ture ba­bies in the NICU (neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit).”

CRAIG MACARTHUR, M.D.

Board cer­ti­fied in pe­di­atrics, pe­di­atric hema­tol­ogy/on­col­ogy, hospice and pal­lia­tive care medicine

CLIN­I­CAL IN­TER­ESTS

Can­cer Bleed­ing/co­ag­u­la­tion dis­or­ders Brain tu­mors Leukemia/lym­phoma Neu­rob­las­toma Pal­lia­tive care Sickle cell dis­ease Soft tis­sue tu­mors

WHAT HE SAYS “We see ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 in­pa­tient vis­its per year, and 5,000 out­pa­tient vis­its per year. Be­fore the pe­di­atric hema­tol­ogy/on­col­ogy pro­gram was es­tab­lished at Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, any child with can­cer or a blood dis­or­der had to travel to Tampa or Mi­ami for treat­ment. Hav­ing a pro­gram lo­cally means fam­i­lies are to­gether, close to home dur­ing treat­ment, which can be very dif­fi­cult for the chil­dren and the en­tire fam­ily.”

ROBERT MINKES, M.D. Board cer­ti­fied in gen­eral and pe­di­atric surgery CLIN­I­CAL IN­TER­ESTS Sur­gi­cal re­pair of birth de­fects Di­ag­no­sis and sur­gi­cal care of tu­mors Gas­troin­testi­nal surgery Pe­di­atric la­paroscopy Neona­tal surgery On­co­log­i­cal surgery Pe­di­atric tho­racic surgery WHAT HE SAYS

“Pe­di­atric sur­gi­cal ser­vices at Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal have grown tremen­dously in the past few years. We are proud to have the ex­per­tise of very tal­ented sur­geons who ded­i­cate their prac­tice to help­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies.” AMY STANFILL, M.D. Board cer­ti­fied in gen­eral surgery CLIN­I­CAL IN­TER­ESTS Ad­vanced min­i­mally in­va­sive surgery, in­clud­ing la­paroscopy Sur­gi­cal re­pair of birth de­fects Di­ag­no­sis and sur­gi­cal care of tu­mors Gas­troin­testi­nal surgery Neona­tal surgery Pe­di­atric tho­racic surgery WHAT SHE SAYS

“When a child needs surgery, pe­di­atric sur­geons know how to ex­am­ine and treat chil­dren in a way that makes them re­laxed and co­op­er­a­tive. Our ex­am­i­na­tion rooms and wait­ing rooms, which may have toys, videos and read­ing ma­te­ri­als for chil­dren, help cre­ate a com­fort­able and non-threat­en­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the child. We ex­plain de­tails to the par­ents so they are well pre­pared for the surgery, which helps the en­tire fam­ily feel more at ease. ” EVANS VA­LERIE, M.D. Board cer­ti­fied in pe­di­atric and adult gen­eral surgery CLIN­I­CAL IN­TER­ESTS Ad­vanced min­i­mally in­va­sive surgery, in­clud­ing la­paroscopy Gen­eral surgery Pe­di­atric trauma da Vinci ro­botic surgery sys­tem WHAT HE SAYS

“Our goal is al­ways to pro­vide the best treat­ment and get chil­dren on the road to re­cov­ery as quickly as pos­si­ble. Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, such as the da Vinci ro­bot and sin­gle-in­ci­sion la­paro­scopic surgery, are less in­va­sive and use smaller in­ci­sions, which re­duce com­pli­ca­tions and scar­ring, and mean shorter hospi­tal stays and faster re­cov­ery.”

Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of South­west Florida opened in May. It is part of the HealthP ark Med­i­cal Cen­ter cam­pus in F ort My­ers.

Golisano Chil­dren's Hospi­tal treats sick and in­jured chil­dren, from in­fancy through age 18. The unit first opened in 1994.

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