Health System and Hospital Highlights

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, part of Nicklaus Children's Health System, is Florida's pediatric care leader. The 309-bed pediatric specialty hospital and its network of pediatric outpatient centers offers comprehensive care for children of the region and beyond.

2018 Statistical Data

Licensed beds 309
Inpatient admissions 10,215
Total surgeries 16,757
Emergency Department visits 89,935
Hospital outpatient visits 109,771
Off campus visits 327,337
Employees 4,200+

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:

  • Nicklaus Children’s is a leading provider of healthcare services for medically needy children, contributing from $16 to $20 million in uncompensated care annually. 
  • At Nicklaus Children’s, the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists is already hard at work. The hospital is proud to be the largest provider of pediatric medical education inthe southeastern United States.
  • The hospital offers primary care and a medical home to the Medicaid population through the Gladys M. and Frederick Stewart Pediatric Care Center, located on the hospital’s main campus.
  • 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 offers primary care services for children at 74 public school campuses through a collaboration with The Children’s Trust, the Miami-Dade County Health Department and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The school health initiative benefits from the hospital’s telehealth technology that facilitates consults between children at school and clinicians on the Nicklaus Children’s campus.
  • Over the past 10 years, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has provided care for children from every single county in Florida, offering innovative services that only a world-class children’s hospital makes possible.
  • Each year, Nicklaus Children’s offers more than a thousand health and safety classes, support groups and community event sponsorships to benefit children and families, including specialty medical children’s camps to brighten the lives of youngsters  with chronic illnesses.
  • 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.

Awards, Highlights and Achievements

Our Commitment to Excellence

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has seven pediatric subspecialty programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its 2019-20 “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 Surgery Program 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 Program 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

Nicklaus Children’s Cancer Center is one of the largest providers of pediatric cancer services in the region. The center participates in research protocols, offering the latest interventions for children receiving treatment for all forms of cancer and blood disorders.

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.