Our re­gion’s fu­ture has never looked health­ier

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While South­west Florida is known for its pop­u­la­tion of re­tirees and snow­birds seek­ing sun and re­lax­ation, you may be sur­prised that younger fam­i­lies are choos­ing to make their homes here. The Lee County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fice, in fact, tells us that our fastest-grow­ing age group is 18 through 24, a de­mo­graphic that’s out­grow­ing the rest of Florida. Many of these young adults have small chil­dren or are start­ing fam­i­lies, so their needs are dif­fer­ent. This makes com­mu­nity lead­ers take no­tice and re­spond.

A shin­ing star in our re­gion is the new Lee Health Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of South­west Florida, which be­gan treat­ing young pa­tients in May. This state-of-the-art med­i­cal fa­cil­ity has 128 beds, 400 highly skilled pe­di­atric nurses, 98 doc­tors and 38 spe­cial­ists, all bring­ing the very best med­i­cal care to our area. (Read more about this new hospi­tal’s physi­cians be­gin­ning on page 34.)

As a mother of two boys, I can only imag­ine how the care and tech­nol­ogy avail­able at this im­pres­sive new fa­cil­ity may have made life a lit­tle eas­ier to bear when I was a young par­ent. One of my sons re­quired spe­cial­ized treat­ment in the in­ten­sive care unit. I think about how won­der­ful it would have been to have that avail­able in 1991, in the same hospi­tal where he was born. Not hav­ing to take their kids to Mi­ami or Tampa for med­i­cal care will re­lieve par­ents of some of that stress, and make it eas­ier for the chil­dren.

It was thrilling to tour this gleam­ing chil­dren’s hospi­tal be­fore it opened and, wow, was I truly im­pressed by not only what I saw, but what I felt. From the de­sign and lay­out of the build­ing to the sin­cere, car­ing de­meanor of ev­ery­one I en­coun­tered, there's no doubt that the kids and their fam­i­lies at Golisano will be in out­stand­ing hands.

It’s touch­ing that I am com­pos­ing this col­umn on Mother’s Day, as we fin­ish our TOTI Me­dia pub­li­ca­tions for July/Au­gust. I can only be en­cour­aged that South­west Florida will con­tinue to see a healthy in­flux of vi­brant young fam­i­lies whose goal is to raise their fam­i­lies along our sandy shores, to make their fu­tures here as bright as our sun­shine.

Thanks to fa­cil­i­ties like the Golisano Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, those fam­i­lies can be as­sured of the ul­ti­mate in med­i­cal care for their lit­tle ones, and I can’t imag­ine a more com­pelling rea­son to call Lee County home. Just as our new hospi­tal has brought won­der­ful and nec­es­sary im­prove­ments to our com­mu­nity, TOTI Me­dia is un­veil­ing new dig­i­tal plat­forms for our mag­a­zines. We hope you’ll use these new web/so­cial me­dia tools as an­other way to dis­cover what’s hap­pen­ing in South­west Florida and be­yond. You, in ex­change, will help us shape our cov­er­age and now be able to share your thoughts and com­ments eas­ier and faster. Check us out and let us know what you think. En­joy!

Just as our new hospi­tal has brought won­der­ful and nec­es­sary im­prove­ments to our com­mu­nity, TOTI Me­dia is un­veil­ing new dig­i­tal plat­forms for our mag­a­zines

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