Health System and Hospital Highlights

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, part of Nicklaus Children's Health System, is Florida's pediatric care leader. The 307-bed pediatric specialty hospital and its network of pediatric outpatient centers offers comprehensive care for children of the region and beyond.

2023 Statistical Data

Licensed beds 307
Inpatient admissions 17,163
Total surgeries 16,536
Emergency Department visits 98,065
Outpatient visits 460,503
Employees 4,606


Our Campus

  • The 40-bed Level III and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit receives referrals of the most critically ill neonates from hospitals throughout South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America.
  • The 40-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)Pediatric Intensive Care Unit receives referrals of complex cases from throughout the region and beyond.
  • The 34-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit was the first in the Southeast, and provides care for newborns and children receiving treatment for congenital heart defects.
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is home to South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric trauma center and one of the most visited emergency rooms in the nation.

Our Community Outreach

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital contributes greatly to the well-being of Florida’s children and their families. Here’s how we make a difference in ways both BIG and small:

  • The health system contributes millions of dollars in uncompensated care.
  • The hospital is proud to be the largest provider of pediatric medical education in the southeastern United States.
  • ​The hospital provides primary care and a medical home to the Medicaid population through its 10 Pediatric Care Centers.
  • Dental services for underserved children and adolescents are offered at the Nicklaus Children’s Doral Outpatient Center. In addition, a Nicklaus mobile dental unit extends services to communities with little access to affordable dental care.
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s School Health Program aims to improve access to quality healthcare through the delivery of health services and community resources to children in schools. The School Health Program is supported by two partnerships, one with The Children’s Trust serving 13 schools, and the other with the Department of Health and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, serving 62 schools. These programs bring RNs, APRNs, licensed social workers, care assistants and mental health therapists to more than 30,000 students in schools throughout Miami-Dade county.
  • ​Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has served children from every single county in Florida, providing care that only a world-class children’s hospital makes possible.
  • Nicklaus Children’s Virtual Care offers convenient access to pediatric care through the hospital’s Telehealth Center, bringing expert care and peace of mind to families in the comfort of their homes.
  • Through the Nicklaus Children’s Research Institute, the hospital contributes significantly to pediatric medical research, with approximately 300 research protocols underway with potential to advance future clinical offerings for children around the globe.
  • Nicklaus Children’s is the exclusive member hospital for Children’s Miracle Network in the region, serving eight counties in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Visit

Awards, Highlights and Achievements

Our Commitment to Excellence

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has five pediatric subspecialty programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its 2023-24 “Best Children’s Hospital” rankings. No other hospital in south Florida has more ranked programs.

World Renowned Brain Institute

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Brain Institute is the first and largest pediatric neuroscience collaboration in the nation. The program is recognized for excellence in treatment of children with brain tumors, intractable epilepsy and other brain anomalies, and offers the latest minimally invasive methods. The hospital is ranked 13th in the nation in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. No other program in Florida ranks higher.

One of the most experienced and successful in the nation

The Orthopedic, Sports Medicine & Spine Institute performs over 1,500 surgical procedures each year and evaluates an additional 35,000 outpatient visits annually and is world-renowned for its spinal surgery program.

Giving Young Hearts Another Chance to Beat

The Heart Institute at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and is home to several medical firsts. The Heart Program provides free EKG screenings to young sports and recreational participants to identify and correct conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

Groundbreaking Cancer Research Meets World-Class Compassionate Care

The Helen & Jacob Shaham Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is transforming pediatric cancer care to make sure no child has to leave Florida for leading-edge cancer treatment. Our specialists provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for more pediatric cancer patients than any other facility in South Florida, leading the way through investments in groundbreaking research focused on new cures, treatments and diagnostic procedures.

A Leader in Pediatric Medical Research

Nicklaus Children’s Research Institute is one of the largest providers of pediatric research in the region. The institute has earned full reaccreditation from the Association of Human Research Protection Programs (AHRPP).

At the Top 125 for Over 10 Years

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is proud to be ranked among the top 125 training organizations in the nation by Training magazine. The hospital has been included in the annual ranking since 2006.

Leading in Technology and Innovation

The IT Department at Nicklaus Children’s is consistently recognized as a leader in technology and innovation. The department has been recognized by IDG’s Computerworld in its Best Places to Work in IT listing for the last four consecutive years. Nicklaus Children’s also achieved a Stage 7 Award from HIMSS Analytics for attaining the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.

Specialists in the Transport of Critically Ill Babies and Children

Nicklaus Children’s LifeFlight® Critical Care Transport team provides transport of critically ill children from referring hospitals to Nicklaus Children’s critical care units. The program features ground ambulances, and fixed-wing and roto-wing aircraft. Aircraft are operated by contracted companies that are FAA certified.

One of the Great Places to Work in Healthcare

Nicklaus Children’s has been named to Becker’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” list for its benefit offerings, wellness initiatives, and efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion of work-life balance. We have also been recognized as a one of the best workplaces for women and millenials.

Excellence in Pediatric Nursing

For the third time in a row, Nicklaus Children’s has been designated an Association of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. The hospital was the fifth pediatric hospital in the nation to achieve this recognition. In 2015, the hospital received the ANCC's Magnet Prize for its Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program.

Commitment to Patient Safety and Innovation

In 2015, the hospital received the ANCC’s Magnet Prize for its Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program. This program exemplifies nursing excellence and is proven to help nurses deliver high quality health care for patients. It is currently in use in more than 1,150 hospitals around the world.