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From the Operating Room to the Classroom; Healthcare Technology on Display for College Students

June 03, 2021 – During a two-day demonstration held in April at the University of Florida, anatomy students were able to observe and dissect 3D printed organs, including 40 heart models donated by Stratasys, maker of the J750 Digital Anatomy ™ Printer. The students also had the opportunity to see and learn about the structures of the heart up close with the ApoQlar HoloLens2 mixed-reality glasses.

Nicklaus Children's Innovates with Latest Immersive Technology to Support Planning of Congenital Heart Procedures and Medical Education

April 08, 2021 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is taking a lead globally in using the latest immersive technology to advance surgical care planning, and patient education. The hospital’s Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory (CSAPL) is now using emerging mixed reality technology to support planning of complex congenital heart procedures and help patient families visualize how the surgical team will conduct repairs. The technology is also being used to support clinical classroom learning in association with medical education partners.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital's Heart Program Renamed to Heart Institute

March 23, 2021 – The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is changing its name to the Heart Institute, a name that conveys its commitment and dedication to offering the next level of clinical care to children and families everywhere.

The Heart Institute at Nicklaus Children's Hospital Welcomes Congenital Heart Surgeon Dr. Robert Hanfland

June 18, 2020 – Dr. Robert Hanfland, congenital heart surgeon, has joined The Heart Institute at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Specialty Services Again Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

June 16, 2020 – Five Nicklaus Children’s Hospital specialty programs are again identified among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2020-21 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, posted online today.

Seven Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Specialty Services Again Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

June 19, 2019 – Seven Nicklaus Children's Hospital specialty programs are again identified among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report's 2019-20 “Best Children's Hospitals” rankings. Nicklaus Children's has more ranked pediatric programs than any other hospital in Florida.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Patient Care

December 28, 2017 – Nicklaus Children’s has more inpatient units recognized with Beacon Awards than any other children’s hospital in the nation.

Patients Medically Evacuated from Puerto Rico to Nicklaus Children's Hospital After Hurricane Maria

October 02, 2017 – A week after Hurricane Maria devastated the Island of Puerto Rico as a category five storm, three patients awaiting complex heart surgeries were evacuated for medical reasons from University Children's Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Nicklaus Children’s for critical care.

Nicklaus Children's Becomes First Pediatric Facility in Southeast- and Second in the World- To Use GPS-Like Technology During Cardiac Procedures

January 16, 2017 – The MediGuide technology may be used to aid a physician in navigating delivery tools and catheters in the cardiac anatomy during implantable device procedures, such as cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) cases, which helps restore a patient’s heart rhythm back to normal and protects against sudden cardiac death for CRT device patients

Renowned Heart Surgeon Kristine J. Guleserian, MD, Joins The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

January 04, 2017 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital welcomes world-renowned congenital heart surgeon, Kristine J. Guleserian, MD, to The Heart Program. Dr. Guleserian supports The Heart Program’s robust congenital heart surgery offerings.

Nicklaus Children's Moves Patients into its New Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion

October 26, 2016 – The Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, a six-story, state-of-the-art bed tower now houses the hospital's three intensive care units, the neurology-neurosurgery unit and a cardiac intensive care unit, among other enhancements.

All Three Nicklaus Children's Intensive Care Units Recognized with Gold Beacon Awards

May 10, 2016 – National three-year awards recognize exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.

Nicklaus Children's Opens Subspecialty Clinic in Aventura

March 16, 2016 – The Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center is the newest ambulatory location, offering consultations with pediatric subspecialists and diagnostic services.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Program Hosts National Conference on 'Sudden Death in the Young'

February 22, 2016 – Pediatric cardiologists from throughout North America will focus on identification and treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and medical conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death in children and teens.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital hosts "Evolution or Revolution? Disruptive Thinking and Innovation in Pediatric Heart Disease" Medical Conference

November 16, 2015

The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's will host a Medical Conference on technology and innovation in the treatment of pediatric heart disease.


Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Acquires 3D Printer to Support Pediatric Surgical Planning and Research

May 27, 2015 – The hospital’s use of 3D printing technology has proven to be instrumental in creating surgical solutions for children with complex congenital heart defects, who had been considered to be inoperable using conventional imaging techniques.

The Heart Program Welcomes Gil Wernovsky, MD, FAAP, FACC to the Medical Staff at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

December 03, 2013 – The Heart Program Welcomes Gil Wernovsky, MD, FAAP, FACC to the Medical Staff at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Miami Children's Hospital Recognized as Optum Center of Excellence for 2013

November 08, 2013 – As a member of the Centers of Excellence network, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is recognized for having met or exceeded rigorous performance standards and quality guidelines.

The Heart Program Posts Real-Time Congenital Heart Surgical Results Online

October 07, 2013 – The Heart Program at MCH has linked its cardiac surgical outcomes data with the hospital’s new electronic medical record and the CardioAccess Centripitus database and dynamically linked these results to the hospital’s website in real-time.

Miami Children's Heart Program Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality®

June 07, 2013 – Miami Children’s Hospital has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Cardiac Care Facility for comprehensive heart and vascular treatment.

New Technology offers Hope for Children Born with Heart Defects

February 24, 2013 – Use of CorMatrix extracellular matrix material provides new options for cardiac care.

Telemedicine Brings Congenital Heart Institute’s Unique Cardiac MRI Expertise Daily to Patients in Orlando

June 02, 2010 – Pediatric and adult congenital heart patients in Orlando are benefiting from a new telemedicine connection that is making cardiac MRI services more accessible to patients.

Congenital Heart Institute at Miami Children's Hospital Offers First Patient-Accessible Electronic Medical Record

August 31, 2006 – Miami Children’s Hospital has become one of the first healthcare programs in the nation to offer patient families access to an electronic medical record, providing a secure source of detailed information that families can refer to and make available in the future to physicians who become involved in their child’s care. 

Research Study Begins on Promising ON-Q Post-Surgical Pain Relief Device, New for Pediatric Patients

February 17, 2004 – ​Research to test the efficacy of ON-Q's continuous surgical-cite pain relief for pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery, the goal is to help patients get out of the hospital and return to their normal lives faster.