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Our Team’s Comprehensive Approach to Pediatric Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery

November 30, 2023 – While remaining relatively rare, Thyroid cancer is the most common form pediatric endocrine cancer, encompassing 6% of all pediatric cancers. Treatment doesn’t just start and end with surgery, Nicklaus Children's specialists and researchers are also examining the molecular makeup of thyroid carcinomas to better inform surgical techniques and treatment protocols.

Meeting the Needs of All Children With Endocrine Disorders

November 30, 2023 – Nicklaus Children's Hospital offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for a complete spectrum of endocrine disorders for children from infancy through adolescence. They offer personalized care for children with diabetes, including medication, guidance for eating, learning, exercising, and playing. The team participates in innovative clinical trials and national research, specifically focusing on new approaches to care for Type 1 diabetes. They also ensure that families have all the tools and education necessary to manage diabetes at home. 

The Full Spectrum of Pediatric Sports Medicine Care

November 29, 2023 – Young athletes can succeed only if they can perform at their best. To best meet the current and future needs of young athletes, the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Spine Institute continues pushing forward as a leader in the sports medicine arena. 

A New Era of Care for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

November 29, 2023 – In 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). This much-needed treatment may slow or stop the progression of this debilitating and deadly disorder. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of this advancement in care as one of the first hospitals in the U.S. and one of only three in Florida to offer gene therapy for DMD.

Setting the Gold Standard: Advancing Care Sarcoma and Solid Tumors

November 29, 2023 – Bone and joint cancers account for a fraction of cancer cases in the U.S., and their rarity and a paucity of treatment options underscore the need for experienced, multidisciplinary care and novel solutions. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Sarcoma and Solid Tumor Program  delivers both options for children with these malignancies.

Nicklaus Children’s Craniofacial Center Earns Recertification as a Cross-Specialty Team by the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association

November 28, 2023 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Craniofacial Center has been recertified as a Cross-Specialty Team by the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA). The certification is for a period of five years beginning January 1, 2024.

Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program® — Site Visit

November 27, 2023 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018 by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In January 2024, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is applying for redesignation.

Family Advisory Council (FAC) Service Award presented to Dr. Malvezzi

November 21, 2023 – The Family Advisory Council is happy to recognize the excellent and stellar efforts provided by Dr. Malvezzi during the second quarter of 2023. The following feedback was received about him: “He was compassionate, attentive, and professional while speaking to my daughter. He carefully discussed examples of everything in a soothing manner. He even provided examples that were in age-appropriate terms to explain the diagnosis and treatment.”

South Florida Family Life Readers Vote Nicklaus Children's as Family Favorite

July 12, 2023 – South Florida Family Life readers voted Nicklaus Children's as their favorite pediatric hospital in Miami Dade County. Additionally, Nicklaus Children's was voted the favorite special needs partner in the tri-county area.

2022 Annual Report

May 19, 2023 – 2022 was without a doubt a banner year for Nicklaus Children’s Health System, as we soared to new heights in fulfilling our commitment to the children and families of South Florida and beyond. We were honored to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a number one children’s hospital in Florida. What’s more, we were selected among the nation’s top children’s hospitals for quality and safety by the Leapfrog group. Based on staff surveys conducted nationally, Newsweek selected Nicklaus Children’s among the nation’s “Most Loved Workplaces,” an honor that is a measure of the respect, care and appreciation we demonstrate for those who serve the region’s children.
Download in PDF Annual Report 2022 (7 MB)

Family Advisory Council (FAC) Service Award presented to LifeFlight

May 01, 2023 – The Family Advisory Council is happy to recognize the stellar efforts provided by the LifeFlight Team. As a member of the Patient Safety Committee the FAC also has purview to the behind the scene metrics and efforts that the LifeFlight (LF) Team has put forth, especially during the pandemic. Thank you to the pilots and medical staff in the LF team. You make each parent/child who boards your helicopter feel safe.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Announces Historic Gift from Citadel Founder and CEO Kenneth C. Griffin

January 30, 2023 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital officials today announced one of the largest single donations in the hospital’s 72-year history. The $25 million gift from Citadel founder and CEO Kenneth C. Griffin will support the new five-story, 127,000-square-foot surgical tower opening in 2024. In recognition of this historic gift, it will be named the Kenneth C. Griffin Surgical Tower.  

Dr. Salyakina honored as a March of Dimes Woman of Distinction

November 21, 2022 – March of Dimes awarded Director of Personalize Medicine and Health Outcomes Research, Daria Salyakina, Phd as a Woman of Distinction. Women of Distinction honors and celebrates women leaders in South Florida chosen by the community and selected by an esteemed committee of past recipients and distinguished women leaders with a complement of events that culminate with a grand luncheon.

Nicklaus Children's Cancer Warrior Performs National Anthem Ahead of Inter Miami vs Columbus Crew in Honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

September 15, 2022 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is proud to have partnered with Inter Miami CF in support of the MLS’s Kick Childhood Cancer initiative during the Inter Miami CF vs Columbus Crew match. Despite a temporary game suspension due to lightning in the area, that didn’t stop 16-year-old Nicklaus Children’s patient Alexandra Herrera, and the Lourdes Singers from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, from putting on a heartfelt performance of our national anthem minutes before kick-off.

Pain Awareness at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

September 12, 2022 – September is Pain Awareness Month. This month-long recognition was created to increase education and awareness within our community about the effects of pain, the available treatments to alleviate pain and the importance of communication with healthcare providers regarding pain-related concerns so that pain can be better understood and treated.  

2021 Annual Report

May 11, 2022 – 2021 was a remarkable year for Nicklaus Children’s. Even as we grappled with a persistent pandemic that continued to challenge clinical and operational teams, we set forth on a journey to implement our 2021-2023 strategic plan, moving forward – by leaps and bounds – to drive the future of pediatric care in our community.
​Download in PDF Annual Report 2021 (4 MB)

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers

April 18, 2022 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has been reaccredited as a level 4 epilepsy center for 2022-23 by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). It is one of few pediatric epilepsy centers in the state designated as level 4.

Vivian and Juan Carlos Mas to be Inducted Into Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for Nicklaus Children's Hospital

February 14, 2022 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce that Juan Carlos (JC) Mas, chairman and CEO of Mas Group of Companies, Corp., and his wife Vivian Mas, are the 2021-2022 inductees to the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame. They will be recognized for their philanthropic support and contributions to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the South Florida community at the 2021-2022 Diamond Ball taking place on Saturday, April 2 in Miami.

Research on revolutionary technology for incisionless treatment of brain tumors

December 03, 2021 – It sounds like a medical protocol straight out of a science fiction movie: A brain tumor neatly eliminated with an incisionless form of surgery. Five patients have undergone MR guided focused ultrasound at Nicklaus Children's with favorable results. Most were able to return home soon after their surgeries with reduced seizures and symptoms.

Nicklaus Children's Broadens Treatment Options for Congenital Heart Disease Patients with Minimally Invasive Therapy

November 18, 2021 – The Heart Institute at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is now offering pulmonary valve replacement via cardiac catheterization with the recently FDA-approved Harmony valve.

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