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Exclusive: Billionaire donor Tom Golisano reflects on five years of treating SWFL’s children

Exclusive: Billionaire donor Tom Golisano reflects on five years of treating SWFL's children
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Golisano Children’s Hospital celebrated its 5th birthday this month with a special party and the guest of honor was none other than Tom Golisano. 

The billionaire founder of Paychex, a payroll processor, donated a $20 million matching grant in 2012 to create the momentum to get the hospital built. 

NBC2 anchor Kellie Burns sat down with Golisano to discuss his legacy of giving, and the impact it’s having on our community.

I toured the hospital that bears his name on the day of the celebration and talked exclusively with Golisano about his donation, his legacy and the next big plans he has for our community. 

We also hear from patients and their families, about how this $200 million facility, the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami, has allowed them to stay close to home for treatment.

It truly is a game changer! 

I was delighted and surprised by how kind, humble and funny he is and how generous he has been to our community since he moved here more than a decade ago.

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Avi Adkins is a seasoned journalist with a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail. With years of experience in the field, Adkins has established himself as a respected figure in journalism.

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