Golisano Children’s Hospital has published the latest issue of Kids First magazine, a free resource for Southwest Florida’s families and the region’s only publication solely dedicated to sharing expert-sourced pediatric health and wellness information. The special COVID-19 issue is complete with seasonal advice and tips from local physicians and health care providers with a focus on the timely challenges that families are facing during the pandemic and current events. Articles include:

  • Health Care Can’t Wait: Don’t let fear of COVID-19 keep you from getting emergency care
  • Telemedicine is Here to Stay: How to make it work for you and your child
  • Presence of Mind: Help your kids deal with the psychological impacts of the pandemic
  • Raising Strong, Informed Kids: How to talk with your children about challenging topics and teach them resiliency
  • Staying Safe While Learning: Protect your kids whether in the classroom or virtually

Additional topics include healthy habits, mental health, technology, innovations in treatment, advances in local services and nutritious, kid-approved recipes.

“Much has changed in our world since we first began this publication,” said Armando Llechu, chief officer, hospital operations and women’s and children’s services at Lee Health. “More than ever, we felt compelled to produce a series of articles and advice from pediatric experts to help us all adjust to what has quickly become our new normal in this pandemic era.”

The purpose of the magazine is to help ensure children are the healthiest they can be, thus keeping hospital admissions down and experiencing better outcomes if hospitalization is ever necessary. Kids First is made possible in partnership with TOTI Media, longtime leader in award-winning high-quality magazines in Southwest Florida, and the incredible support of area businesses and advertisers who believe in and enable the mission and vision of Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Parents can also download the Kids First app from the app store for the latest issue. Kids First magazine current and past issue are available digitally at KidsFirstMagazine.org.

About Golisano Children’s Hospital

Established in 1994, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a “Top Hospital” three consecutive years by The Leapfrog Group. It is the only recognized children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. Lee Health opened the new 134-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital in May 2017, relocating the children’s hospital from the adjacent HealthPark Medical Center. It includes comprehensive pediatric services including a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, hematology-oncology unit, milk lab, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, and Level II and Level III NICU with 70 private rooms. Golisano Children’s Hospital is proud to have been named Soliant’s 2018 Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S., a recognition determined by popular vote. For more information, visit GolisanoChildrensSWFL.org.