Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital have formed a clinical affiliation aimed at optimizing care for sick or injured children in Southwest Florida. The goal is to help keep children and their families as close to home as possible while offering excellent specialized pediatric care.
There is growing demand for specialized pediatric services in Collier County. The pediatric population is expected to grow 6.2 percent over the next five years and the childbearing female population is projected to increase 4.3 percent. The collaboration between Golisano and Nicklaus Children’s hospitals will bring the region’s first and only urgent care center dedicated solely to children in Collier County.
Construction is currently underway at the new center located 3375 Pine Ridge Road, on the NE intersection of Pine Ridge and Livingston roads with completion anticipated for fall 2016.
The 29,000 square foot facility will bring coordinated, comprehensive specialty services to the pediatric community in Collier County.
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Jupiter Medical Center
As the region’s pediatric care leader, Nicklaus Children’s is privileged to support colleagues at Jupiter Medical Center in the opening of the new De George Pediatric Unit. The hospital shared policies, procedures, training, competencies, and assisted with selection of equipment and supplies. In addition, Nicklaus Children’s supported the development of a child-friendly environment, family-centered operational processes and work flows.
The De George Pediatric Unit is a continuation of a dynamic partnership between Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System, and was made possible thanks to an extraordinary gift from the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
From newborns and toddlers to adolescents up to age 18, the De George Pediatric Unit is a comprehensive, child-centered environment, featuring advanced medical and therapeutic services. Using the clinical guidelines and staff training developed by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital this new facility will serve to advance pediatric care opportunities for families in Palm Beach County.
The De George Pediatric Unit features:
- 12 inpatient pediatric rooms
- Pediatric surgery suites
- Pediatric therapy
- Children’s playroom supported by a child life specialist
- Bear’s Den for resting, inspired by Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus
Some children may be referred to Nicklaus Children’s main campus as needed for some surgical or critical care services. This will be at the discretion of the care team of the De George Pediatric Unit and the patient’s family. The care needs and wishes of the child and family are always at the forefront when transfer decisions are made.
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