Nicklaus Children's Health System Receives A+ Rating from Fitch Ratings

Published on: 07/08/2019

Nicklaus Children's Health System (NCHS) has once again received an A+ bond rating from Fitch Ratings credit rating agency. The health system, which includes a 309-bed freestanding children's hospital and a growing network of pediatric outpatient centers, was also recognized by the agency as having a stable fiscal outlook for the future.

“This affirmed positive rating reflects our organization’s ability to adapt within a changing national environment of reduced healthcare reimbursements,” said Matthew A. Love, Interim President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. “Maintaining a strong financial position in the marketplace enables us to further our longstanding mission to increase access to quality care for children in our community and beyond,” he said.

Nicklaus Children's Health System is evaluated annually by both Fitch, and Standard & Poor’s rating agencies. The health system has received an A+ rating from both agencies since 2015. (The 2019 Standard & Poor’s review has yet to take place.)

In 2019, the health system established a health plan – Miami Children’s Health Plan – that is enhancing health system revenue. In addition, the health system opened a new birthing unit in June for healthy mothers expecting a high-risk baby. The unit is part of the hospital’s Fetal Care Center, which offers care and support for families expecting a high-risk baby, who will need medical intervention at birth. The center is one of the few facilities of its kind in the nation.

These service expansions exemplify NCHS's commitment to meeting the care needs of children throughout the region. For more information about Nicklaus Children's Health System and its flagship, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, please visit

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. 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. For more information, please visit

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