Published on: 01/26/2012
Children from Miami Children’s Hospital’s Child Care Center took part in a groundbreaking for the hospital’s planned new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion. Shown (from left to right) are: Joshua Casuso, Timmy Kinnebrew, Mia Campbell, Nicholas Acebal and Vincent Abreu.
MIAMI — Miami Children’s Hospital broke ground in December on a planned six-story Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, a state-of the-art facility that will optimize the care environment in the hospital's pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.
The 212,000-square-foot pavilion will incorporate the latest medical technology and family-friendly enhancements, including converting beds in the hospital's critical care units to private-bed rooms. The MCH Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provide care for critically ill newborns and children referred for advanced care by hospitals throughout Florida as well as the Caribbean.
All construction is confined to the center of Miami Children’s main campus in the community of Schenley Park, near Coral Gables.
“The planning process for these new facilities has included extensive guidance from patients, families and caregivers to ensure that they meet the needs of those we serve,” said Dr. M. Narendra Kini, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital. "We look forward to offering a care environment that is consistent with the standard of care for which the hospital is renowned."
The project, to be completed in 2014, is expected to infuse approximately $90 million into the local economy and will create approximately 678 new jobs in construction, manufacturing and transportation.
“Our Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion is not only a gift to the children and families for whom we provide care, it is our hope that it is a tremendous blessing to the larger community we call home,” said Gary Gregory, chair of the hospital's board of directors.
About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 by U.S.News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.