Program is designed to allow Southwest Florida families to stay closer to home.
FORT MYERS — Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in a collaboration with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, has announced a new pediatric neurosurgery program.
The program, announced Dec. 21, will allow children who have neurological conditions that require surgery to receive that high level of care at Golisano Children’s Hospital instead of traveling outside of the area to larger cities, like Miami or St. Petersburg. The program and partnership was two years in the making, according to a statement.
“We are so proud to be able to offer this service to the children and families in our community,” said Alyssa Bostwick, chief nurse executive and vice president of operations at Golisano Children’s Hospital, in a statement. “There is a huge need in our region for pediatric neurosurgery, and more importantly, it’s growing every year. Due to the population growth in Southwest Florida, and younger families moving to the area, we’re seeing more and more children who need our services.”
Golisano Children’s Hospital’s affiliation with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital began in 2019, when the two organizations entered into an agreement to expand care for kids across Florida’s west coast by leveraging resources. “When we began this collaboration with Golisano’s two years ago, our goal was to help expand care for children across the west coast of Florida,” says Dr. George Jallo, a neurosurgeon, vice dean and physician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins All Children’s and medical director of the hospital’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. “As we looked to hone into our neurosurgery specialty, we’re proud of the work our team has done to train nursing staff and advanced practice providers and grow this program so that children in Southwest Florida have access to the right pediatric experts.”
Through the affiliation, the two children’s hospitals collaborate in several ways, including pediatric research studies and protocols, telehealth counseling and consultations, educational conferences and recruitment of a dedicated pediatric neurosurgeon to be based out of Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Theodore Spinks, a pediatric neurosurgeon with more than 15 years of experience, has been chosen to lead the neurosurgery program at Golisano Children’s Hospital, the release states. He recently joined the team and has already performed several surgeries.
This project is 100% funded by philanthropy, say hospital officials.