Press Releases

Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo Team Up With Nicklaus Children's Hospital for the #Nicklaus4Kids 50/50 Campaign

February 16, 2021 – A lucky fan will win a life-changing cash prize in support of the Nicklaus Children's Patient Assistance Fund

Baptist Health South Florida and Nicklaus Children's Health System Begin Pediatric Emergency Care Collaboration

February 04, 2021 – Nicklaus Children's Health System and Baptist Health South Florida – two of South Florida's leading healthcare providers – have activated a previously announced agreement to expand collaboration related to pediatric care. Effective this week, the 24-hour pediatric emergency departments at Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital are staffed by Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists (NCPS) physicians.

Jackie Gonzalez, Renowned Nursing Leader, Retires from Nicklaus Children's Health System

January 12, 2021 – After 41 years of distinguished leadership at Nicklaus Children's Health System, Jackie Gonzalez, health system senior vice president and chief nursing officer, has announced her retirement. Ms. Gonzalez is recognized nationally and internationally for her longstanding leadership and commitment to patient care and safety.

Chad A. Perlyn Named President of Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists

January 08, 2021 – Chad A. Perlyn, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, has been named president of Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists (NCPS), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System.

Dr. Raquel Pasarón leads committee for the affirmation of focused nursing practice competencies

January 07, 2021

The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association Inc. (APSNA) recently published the first ever affirmation of Pediatric Surgical Nurse Practitioner (NP)  competencies. This publication was approved by the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors. The affirmation provides a formal review process for identifying the specific knowledge, skills, abilities, accountability, and judgment deemed important for professional practice success, interprofessional collaborative practice and team success, and achievement of defined outcomes.

The component is designed to address the needs of an emerging specialty or focus of practice that has begun developing characteristics of practice, has no or few formalized competencies, and has few members, which is the reason that APSNA and its pediatric surgical NPs were eager to form a workgroup to develop these. A national committee, led by Dr. Raquel Pasarón as Chair, produced the competencies which would apply to any Pediatric Surgery NP, whether at entry level to the NP role; the specialty; or as a resource for NP metrics for outcomes assessment. This is the first time that a document such as this has been made available for NPs working in pediatric surgery.

Helenemarie Blake Joins Nicklaus Children's Health System as Vice President and Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

January 04, 2021 – Helenemarie Blake has been appointed vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer at Nicklaus Children’s Health System.

2020 Nursing DAISY Award Winners

December 28, 2020 – The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards excellence in nursing. It was created by The DAISY Foundation to recognize the clinical skills, extraordinary compassion and care exhibited by nurses everyday. The award is given monthly to an outstanding nurse in more than 237 hospitals across the United States. DAISY Award recipients personify Nicklaus Children's Hospital’s remarkable patient experience. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary service and compassionate care and are recognized as outstanding role models in the nursing community.

Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS) Recognized as a Platinum and Gold Award Recipient by eHealthcare Leadership Awards

December 08, 2020 – Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS) was honored during the 21st annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards with a Platinum Recognition for Best Social Media, and a Gold Recognition for Best Healthcare Content. Platinum Recognition is the highest level of achievement bestowed by the annual awards program, which highlights the very best websites and digital communications from a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations.

Kara Marante Promoted to Vice President and Chief People Officer for Nicklaus Children's Health System

November 12, 2020

Kara Marante has been promoted to vice president and chief people officer for Nicklaus Children’s Health System after serving as the organization’s interim chief talent officer for the past several months.

Dr. Jefry Biehler Appointed Executive Medical Director of Quality for Nicklaus Children's Health System

November 10, 2020

Dr. Jefry Biehler has been appointed executive medical director of quality for Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS), parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In this role, Dr. Biehler will drive optimization of patient outcomes by advancing evidence-based quality care initiatives throughout the health system.


Dr. Marcos Mestre Appointed Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Nicklaus Children's Hospital

October 27, 2020 – Dr. Marcos Mestre has been appointed vice president and chief medical officer for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In this role, he will advance collaboration among the 309-bed pediatric specialty hospital’s clinical and administrative leadership, and community physicians to ensure quality clinical care and operational efficiency.

Nicklaus Children's Receives Pinnacle of Excellence Award® for Sustained Patient Experience Achievement

October 01, 2020 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is the recipient of a 2020 Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award® in the Patient Experience category.

Nicklaus Children's Health System and Baptist Health Collaborate to Enhance Patient Care

September 24, 2020 – Nicklaus Children’s Health System and Baptist Health South Florida have signed an agreement to expand their collaboration on pediatric care.  This enhanced partnership of two of South Florida’s leading healthcare organizations will optimize care for both pediatric and adult patients.

Maria Jayoussi Joins Nicklaus Children's Health System as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists

September 24, 2020 – Maria Jayoussi has joined Nicklaus Children’s Health System as vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the health system’s physician enterprise, Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists (NCPS).

Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases now Serving New York, New Jersey and Maryland

September 22, 2020

The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases has recently expanded services to offer genetic screening and virtual clinical consults to couples and individuals in New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

Miami Dolphins Make $1 Million Commitment to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation

September 15, 2020 – The Miami Dolphins announced a $1 million commitment to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation to help combat systematic health issues and address disparities in the African American and minority community around diabetes, sickle cell disease (SCD) and COVID-19. The four-year relationship will provide jobs, access to services, programmatic benefits and research designed to improve mental and physical health.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Recieves Two 2020 South Florida Family Life Magazine ‘Family Favorites Awards’

September 03, 2020 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was recognized as the favorite Miami pediatric hospital and as home to the favorite pediatric emergency room in Miami.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Receives Jean Byers Award for Excellence in Cancer Registration

August 21, 2020 – The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has been recognized by the Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) with the Jean Byers Award for Excellence in Cancer Registration for 2019. The FCDS recognizes facilities that have met or exceeded the national quality standards for timeliness and completeness in cancer reporting.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Honored with Resuscitation Recognition Award

August 11, 2020 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Plus Award for the pediatric and neonate/infant categories. The achievement brings national recognition for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Recognized as a Gold Level Center for Excellence in Life Support

July 29, 2020

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a recipient of the Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.