Building Today to Fulfill Our Promise of Tomorrow
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital continues efforts to prioritize patient care through the replacement of operating rooms in a new five-story, 127,000-square-foot surgical tower opening in 2024 at the center of campus and away from the hospital perimeter and neighborhood.
In pursuit of this vision, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital received one of the largest single donations in the hospital’s 72-year history in 2022, a $25 million gift from Citadel Founder and CEO Kenneth C. Griffin, which was formally announced in January 2023. In recognition of this remarkable gift, the tower will be named the Kenneth C. Griffin Surgical Tower. Read more about this historic announcement.
If you’d like to learn more on how you can contribute to this ongoing project, please visit this page or email our foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff available to explore custom naming opportunities inside the new tower, which includes the hospital’s four institutes focused on providing pediatric care related to the brain, heart, cancer and blood disorders, and orthopedics.
Why the New Tower?
The five-story 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 the latest equipment and surgical teams. The new structure will also offer spacious and private pre- and post-surgical care spaces for the children and families we serve.
The First Phase: New Helistop Pad
The first project to prepare for the tower construction involved the relocation of the hospital’s helistop pad to the roof of the six-story Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion bed tower, which was previously approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and in partnership with our neighbors. The new pad aims to reduce sound associated with the arrival (and subsequent departure) of helicopters bringing trauma patients and critically ill transfer patients to the hospital for life-saving care. Construction began in Spring of 2022 and the new helipad was completed in December 2022.
- The construction site is at the center of the campus, minimizing disruption in the surrounding neighborhood.
- Supplies and construction materials will be kept off campus and only brought into the hospital as needed.
- Supplies and equipment will be brought to the site through the established 62nd Avenue route.
- We will communicate with the neighborhood in advance if there are special circumstances that arise during construction that impact our neighbors.