2023 Annual Report

May 16, 2024 – For generations. That’s how long Nicklaus Children’s has served the South Florida community and beyond. Since our founding in 1950 and through the decades to follow, enduringly, we have been the place where children matter most: the region’s only freestanding children’s hospital. Even as we provide care for half a million children annually – offering nearly every pediatric specialty and the latest innovative therapies – we continuously reach forward to ensure that we are ready to serve the children of tomorrow. Our 2023, momentum included many new initiatives to advance the health and well-being of the region’s children, today and for generations to come.
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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Reaccredited by National Association of Epilepsy Centers

April 16, 2024 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, part of the hospital’s renowned Brain Institute, has been reaccredited as a level 4 epilepsy center for 2024-2025 by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

Groundbreaking Cancer Treatment Collaboration Between Nicklaus Children's Hospital, FIU Saves Lives

April 11, 2024 – When eight-year-old Logan learned his cancer had returned it was not the news he or his family had hoped to hear. Thanks to a clinical trial collaboration between the Helen & Jacob Shaham Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Florida International University (FIU), Logan was given a new lease on life.

First Year of Nicklaus Children's DRIVE Program is a Success

March 14, 2024 – The DRIVE Program has officially hit the road. Students with numerous hours of virtual reality exposure and stable, decreasing levels of anxiety got behind the wheel of a real car.

Elevating Pediatric Cancer Care With Life-Changing Research

March 12, 2024 – The Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is committed to enrolling as many patients as possible in clinical trials, having a longstanding membership in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), which offers clinical trials for common and uncommon pediatric cancers. The Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute also partners with the Collaborative Network for Neuro-oncology Clinical Trials (CONNECT), which focuses on high-risk brain tumors. In addition, the Institute is part of the Beat Childhood Cancer Research Consortium, formerly known as the Neuroblastoma Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium. As well as continuing collaboration on personalized medicine through a research affiliation with Florida International University, recently opening a trial for personalized medicine that uses samples of a patient's tumor for molecular profiling.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s selected as Reader's Choice Award 2023 for Best Pediatric Hospital

March 08, 2024 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was voted best pediatric hospital in Miami by the readers of the Miami Kids Magazine.

Family Advisory Council (FAC) Service Award Presented to Lizette Garcia

March 07, 2024 – The Family Advisory Council is happy to recognize the excellent and stellar efforts provided by Lizette Garcia, LPN, during the third quarter of 2023

Targeted Leukemia Care Focused on the Well-Being of Children and Families

March 05, 2024

Leukemia is a common malignancy in children, but treatment advances have led to improved outcomes. At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute, every form of leukemia therapy is available. Cancer researchers are actively researching which targeted therapies work best for children based on their diagnosis. Proper leukemia care not only considers the necessary to eradicate disease, but also attends to the well-being of the whole person.

Advanced, Personalized Care for Children with Thyroid Cancer

February 19, 2024 – Although a rare type of pediatric cancer, thyroid cancer in children is on the rise. The multidisciplinary team in the thyroid cancer program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing advanced, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options while offering families support every step of the way.

Dr. Padma Deskit: From the Frozen Himalayas to the Tropics of Miami

February 05, 2024 – Dr. Padma Deskit, the first female surgeon to serve Ladakh (located in the Himalayas), is visiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital this month to gain knowledge in pediatric surgical care.

Specialized Care for the Diverse Needs of Children With Diabetes

January 23, 2024 – The Pediatric Diabetes Treatment Center is one of the first dedicated pediatric endocrinology and diabetes programs in the southeastern U.S., and since its inception has been a leader in pediatric diabetes education, research and treatment resulting in successful long-term diabetes management.

Mini-Sternotomies: A Less Invasive Approach to Open-Heart Surgery

January 17, 2024 – While pediatric cardiac surgery is challenging to any specialist, Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Institute is dedicated to offering the most advanced, least invasive procedures available, such as the minimally invasive mini-sternotomy.

Innovations That Drive Pediatric Spine Care Forward

January 09, 2024 – Ensuring your child's healthy growth while seeking care for a congenital birth defect, scoliosis, tumor, or spine condition requires an experienced perspective. Nicklaus Children’s Center for Spinal Disorders, part of the Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Spine Institute, have lead new treatments and techniques as well as developed best-practice guidelines for these unique disorders.

An Acuity-Adaptable Model for Improved Pediatric Cardiac Care

January 08, 2024 – Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Institute is home to the first pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) in the Southeast. Today, the cardiology, cardiovascular surgery and CICU teams within the Heart Institute continue to lead the way with the implementation of an acuity-adaptable model of care.

A Premier Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Program

December 18, 2023 – The Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is the preeminent destination for multidisciplinary care and leading-edge treatments. Collaboration between the Nicklaus Children’s Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Spine Institute and Brain Institute, the Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Program, together provide key specialists in one clinic, thereby eliminating silos and centralizing care for patients and clinicians alike.

Innovating Care for Children With Limb Discrepancies and Deformities

December 18, 2023 – At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Spine Institute, potentially lifelong disabilities are recognized early, often prenatally, and potential intervention opportunities are reviewed with the Family. Limb lengthening and deformity corrections are often complex and affect multiple areas of a patient’s well-being, thus families have access to our multidisciplinary team for support.

Continuing a Pioneering Legacy in Pediatric Epilepsy Care

December 18, 2023 – The Nicklaus Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers leading-edge techniques for epilepsy surgery, successfully performing more than 1,300 surgeries for medically resistant epilepsy since 1984. Leading-edge techniques include responsive neurostimulation, deep brain stimulation, and more recently, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

At the Leading Edge of Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization

December 18, 2023 – Widely recognized as a world leader in pediatric interventional cardiac catheterization, the team at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute not only utilizes the most advanced devices, procedures, and treatments, they also ensure families remain the focus by actively communicating. This includes calling a patient's parents "every hour while the procedure takes place,” Dr. Prieto says. “This happens for every patient, every day."

Looking to the Future of Oncology Care through Blood and Marrow Transplantation

December 18, 2023 – Comprehensive Blood and bone marrow transplantation is an effective way to treat malignant and nonmalignant diseases in pediatric patients. After decades of success, the Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program has become a key referral center, ensuring more children have access to blood and bone marrow transplantation services, ancillary services, and subspecialty care.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital to Study the Use of Low-Frequency Focused Ultrasound Therapy to Treat Children with Aggressive Brain Tumors

December 14, 2023 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is to become only the third site in North America involved in a Phase I clinical trial studying the role of a new technology called low-frequency focused ultrasound (LoFU) in the care of children with a lethal type of brain tumor that forms within the brainstem.

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