Lee Memorial Health System Foundation received a $1,000,000 gift from Fort Myers businessman Jim Doyle.
The gift is a boost to the capital construction campaign of the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida's 128-bed state-of-the-art pediatric medical facility on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers.
The gift will be matched dollar for dollar by B. Thomas Golisano's $20 million matching challenge grant and will name an NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) "Neighborhood" within the new lifesaving facility.
Jim Doyle (left) presented a check for $1 million to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida building campaign. Accepting the check are Lee Memorial Health System Foundation board chairman Charles Idelson, Foundation officer Sharon MacDonald and president & CEO Jim Nathan.
A very generous supporter of many Lee Memorial Health System and Golisano Children's Hospital initiatives, Doyle chose to make his largest gift to date in support of the ongoing local children's health care project.
"This is my home and I believe in supporting lifesaving health care in our Southwest Florida community," Doyle said. "I have a particular passion for supporting organizations that address the challenges of infants, children and young adults. Quality, world-class medical care for the children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties was a cause hard to ignore.
"If I can be a part of helping these families with their daily challenges and be part of a lifesaving facility that reaches so many children, I am honored to do so. I also feel strongly about reducing the number of babies and children that are currently being transferred to the Tampa and Miami areas because of a shortage of beds in the current facility. My feeling is that these children should be kept close to home and near their parents and caregivers while they receive lifesaving medical care."
Doyle also added that the matching challenge grant was an incredible catalyst for the gift. Doyle lived in the Rochester (N.Y.) area where Golisano has a great presence. Coincidently, Golisano has guest-lectured in classes of Doyle's father, a long-time professor at the University of Rochester.
Doyle is the executive director of ProVenture Far East, LTD., and currently makes his home in Fort Myers and Naples.
"We are truly honored to be the recipient of such a generous gift," said Lee Memorial president & CEO Jim Nathan. "Jim Doyle has been a supporter of many of our initiatives and we thank him for his trust and confidence in us and for his love and dedication to help provide quality services for children as close to home as possible. We hope others will be inspired by his generosity and will consider a lifesaving gift to the children of Southwest Florida."