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Baptist Health South Florida


Emergency Department Services

Nicklaus Children's pediatric emergency physicians provide coverage at the Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital emergency departments. The doctors you have previously seen and entrusted with your child's care in those two emergency departments transitioned in 2021 to employment by Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists, the medical group practice of Nicklaus Children's. Baptist Health South Florida and Nicklaus Children's shared focus of putting children and families first is a great combination for the families of Miami-Dade County. We are pleased that the physicians in the Baptist Hospital and Homestead emergency departments will continue to offer services to families who have come to know them there, while also engaging with the extensive array of pediatric subspecialists available on Nicklaus' medical staff to support children and families with continuing specialized care needs.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida are two of the region's leading healthcare providers, combining clinical and service excellence. “We welcome the Baptist-based pediatric emergency physicians to our Nicklaus Children's family,” said Dr. Marcos Mestre, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

"As Baptist Health continues to put the healthcare and needs of our patients first, we look forward to our new partnership with Nicklaus Children's Health System. Through this collaboration, you can expect the same high-quality care that you have come to expect from the familiar physicians in the Baptist Pediatric Emergency Department. Our commitment to our pediatric colleagues in the community remains paramount, and we encourage you to communicate directly with us about your patient's needs. Since 1996, you have trusted us with your patients' pediatric emergency needs, and this new relationship will continue to serve our community,” said Dr. Fernando G. Mendoza, Chief of Pediatrics, Medical Director, Baptist Children's Emergency Center.

Inpatient Care Services

Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Baptist Hospital finalized an agreement in April 2020 whereby children receiving care in a Baptist Hospital emergency department who require inpatient admission are transferred to Nicklaus Children's. The agreement helped both organizations adapt as the COVID-19 pandemic surged, enabling Baptist Health to optimize service to the adult population most affected by the pandemic. This partnership stems from the commitment to serve as advocates for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Baptist Hospital and Miami Cancer Institute continue to provide pediatric oncology services on an inpatient and outpatient basis along with other diagnostic, rehabilitation and physician consultation services. Baptist Hospital, Homestead Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital continue to provide neonatal intensive care (NICU) services; and Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen's Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital continue to see pediatric patients in their emergency rooms. Any pediatric patients seen in the Baptist Health emergency departments in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties requiring hospital admission are transferred to Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

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, 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 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.

Level II De George Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The 16 bed De George Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, made possible through the generosity of the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust, is equipped to care for babies born as early as 32 weeks. The unit adheres to policies, procedures, training and competencies shared through the collaboration with Nicklaus Children's. In addition, the unit is staffed around-the-clock by Nicklaus Children's neonatologists, and Nicklaus provides nursing staff oversight.

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Features of the unit include:

  • Advanced monitoring and technology
  • A family lounge
  • Treatment rooms
  • Two private nesting rooms to foster bonding
  • An infant feeding preparation space

Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department

Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children's Hospital are making pediatric care even more accessible to residents of Palm Beach and Martin counties with the Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, the trusted choice for pediatric care in South Florida, continues to share best practices, policies and procedures developed and continuously enhanced over its more than 70 year history.

Experts from both institutions are collaborating to provide world-class pediatric emergency care. The Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department is a standalone 6,300-square-foot pediatric wing, specifically designed to be a family-focused, child-friendly environment with services/amenities including:

  • State-of-the-art Mindray monitoring that communicates with the Electronic Health Record system
  • Dedicated pediatric emergency physicians and nurses available 24/7
  • Pediatric specific beds and triage rooms
  • Child life specialist
  • Pediatric paramedics
  • Pediatric orthopedic room
  • Respiratory therapists trained in pediatrics
  • Infant warmer
  • Other pediatric subspecialists available
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Children will also feel more comfortable and safe with our kid-friendly amenities:

  • Interactive light flooring in the waiting room
  • Mobile video game systems
  • Child-sized furniture
  • Remote control cars and little red wagons for transport, if needed

NCH Healthcare System

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Nicklaus Children's is collaborating with NCH Healthcare System to provide pediatric medical services at NCH North Naples Hospital with the aim of supporting families in Collier County in receiving top-quality pediatric inpatient care close to home.

Clinicians employed by Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists (NCPS), the physician-led medical group practice of Nicklaus Children's Health System, are staffing inpatient services for the NCH neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit and other pediatric inpatients as well as newborn routine screenings.

The NCH North Naples campus is located at 11190 Health Park Blvd in North Naples.

The BirthPlace NICU

Our 19-bed, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) within The BirthPlace is the only neonatal intensive care unit in Collier County. It provides state-of-the-art and compassionate family-centered, developmentally supportive care for premature and ill newborns.

The NICU has 24-hour-a-day board-certified neonatologist coverage (pediatricians who have extra training in taking care of premature and seriously ill newborns) and is staffed with neonatal ICU trained nurses and respiratory therapists. The NCH NICU also features a pediatric pharmacy and pediatric dietary support, along with pediatric occupational therapy services with a certified feeding specialist.

Occupational therapists also provide sensorimotor developmental assessment and intervention and have the capability to follow the babies in our out-patient pediatric rehab clinic.

The NCH NICU also boasts:

  • Social service managers to assist you upon discharge.
  • Lactation support services are available after your discharge. Breast pumps are located in a private lactation suite within the NICU for your convenience.
  • Rooming-in support for parents prior to discharge.
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Robert and Marian MacDonald Seacareium

NCPS pediatric intensivists provide care for children receiving intensive care services at NCH's Robert and Marian MacDonald Seacareium. This charming, ocean-themed unit provides care for children hospitalized for a wide range of care needs. The Seacareium features 15 general pediatric rooms and one outpatient room. Four of the general pediatric rooms can be used for progressive care and intensive care. The pediatric unit is equipped with smart room technology, as well as a variety of state-of-the-art equipment to assist in quality care and everyday tasks for our sickest patients.

NCH has served Collier County's children, mothers and families for more than six decades, and proudly provides inpatient and outpatient care for more than 30,000 children annually. NCH is also the only hospital in Collier County offering labor and delivery services and 24-hour pediatric emergency care.