In 2015, in honor of the generous support of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, Miami Children’s flagship hospital, along with its network of outpatient centers, was renamed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In 2017, Miami Children’s Health System was renamed Nicklaus Children’s Health System, including Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation. Together, we share a mission to inspire hope and promote lifelong health by providing the best care to all children.
Since 1950, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has touched the lives of countless children and families and supported them throughout their health care journey. Ranked nationally, it is the region’s only health care system exclusively for children. The hospital internationally renowned pediatric subspecialists also attract more than 3,500 patients a year, both locally and globally, who seek expert care.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital leaders and supporters joined together in for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the launch of the next phase of the hospital’s master facility plan, construction of a 127,000-square-foot surgical tower slated for completion in 2024. The tower will rise four stories above the hospital’s Emergency Department, located at the center of the main campus near Coral Gables.
The surgical tower will enable the hospital to construct new state-of-the-art operating suites to replace existing operating rooms that are now 35 years old and lack the size and ceiling height necessary to accommodate fully the latest equipment, along with multidisciplinary surgical teams required for complex cases. Offerings will include augmented reality during surgery, virtual reality surgical planning and more. The new structure will also offer spacious and private pre- and post-surgical care spaces for the children and families we serve.
The surgical tower at Nicklaus Children’s is a companion to its Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, the hospital’s 217,000-square-foot, six-story bed tower that is home to the hospital’s three intensive care units (pediatric, neonatal and congenital heart) as well as the hematology-oncology/bone marrow transplant, and neurology units. The tower features spacious single patient rooms, an intraoperative MRI and the latest technology.
While celebrating the naming of the Esrick Dream Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Floor, more than 300 children and their families reunited with the doctors and nurses who cares for them at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Heart Program patient and family reunion.
This annual event, held during heart month, celebrates the lives of children who have undergone cardiac surgery and interventional catheterizations at Nicklaus Children’s. It was a privilege to honor the Esrick Dream Foundation, and the Esrick family, whose generosity will help advance the care environment for patients in the cardiac intensive care unit.
Teegan was born with one lung, half a heart, and zero chance of survival.
Using innovative techniques (and no small amount of determination), surgeons from the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s world-class heart program rebuilt Teegan’s aorta, connected her pulmonary artery to the aorta, and connected her heart to her right lung. This “inoperable” girl is now flourishing!
Watch the video for more information on Teegan’s miracle!
“There are not enough words to express our gratitude to Jack and Barbara, and the ‘angel’ doctors at Nicklaus Children’s for giving our Teegan a second chance at life.”
– Cassidy, Teegan’s Mom