Nicklaus Children's Hospital Wins DNV GL Healthcare's Innovation of the Year Award

Published on: 10/24/2018

 Pictured from L to R: Jose Perdomo, Senior Vice President, Nicklaus Children's Ethics & Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer;  Marisol Llerena-Castro, Nicklaus Children's Director of Accreditation & Regulatory and Safety Officer;  Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare;  Susan Fornaris, Nicklaus Children's Administrative Director of Medical Surgical and Nursing Administration;  Neil Salem, CEO and Founder of Nesa Solutions.

MIAMI- Nicklaus Children's Hospital has been awarded DNV GL Healthcare's Innovation of the Year award for the development and implementation of an automated crash cart management solution that has dramatically enhanced patient care and efficiency at the 309-bed freestanding children’s hospital and its network of outpatient centers.

The value of checking crash carts extends beyond compliance with regulatory standards. As a healthcare organization, having life-saving equipment, medications and supplies in order and reviewed daily saves lives. This crash cart solution was born at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, through its continuous focus on leading industry innovation. This automated process was created with key stakeholders from multiple departments such as nursing, information technology, pharmacy and accreditation, in collaboration with Nesa Solutions, a leading provider of workflow automation and information management services.

The crash cart module digitalizes daily workflows and automates asset management by sending instant notifications to the responsible departments to better manage replenishment processes and promote sustainability. This solution has decreased risk while enhancing a culture of patient safety, standardization and simplification that has provided significant cost savings to the health system.

“We are honored to be recognized by DNV GL, a national accreditation body, for our digitalization efforts and commitment to patient safety,” said Jose Perdomo, Nicklaus Children’s Senior Vice President, Ethics & Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer. “This recognition exemplifies Nicklaus Children's Health System's commitment to utilizing the latest in leading-edge technology to improve healthcare practices and enhance safety for those in our care.”

“It has been a unique opportunity to work together to develop technology with a great partner that embodies innovation within their organization.  These applications are just the tip of the iceberg as to the future solutions empowered by location intelligence,” Neil Salem, CEO and Founder of Nesa Solutions.

Marisol Llerena-Castro, Nicklaus Children’s Director, Accreditation & Regulatory and Safety Officer, said, “Nicklaus Children’s is proud to be accredited by DNV GL. We began our DNV GL journey in 2016 in order to raise the accreditation bar and anchor our organization to excellence for those we serve. The associated standards are consistent with Nicklaus Children’s commitment to quality, innovation and patient safety. We are honored to be the first freestanding children’s hospital in Florida to be part of the DNV GL accreditation family.”

The Healthcare Innovation of the Year award was presented at the 2018 DNV GL Healthcare Symposium: The Future of Accreditation, attended by hundreds of healthcare professionals in quality, accreditation and leadership throughout the U.S. Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System, accepted the award via video link. Dr. Kini has been the inspiration for the hospital’s steadfast pursuit of innovation and the latest technology to advance patient care.

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About Nesa Solutions 

Nesa Solutions, is a leading software services provider which leverages location intelligence to provide a fully integrated suite of workflow automation and information management solutions. Our flagship product, INSIGHT Location Intelligence, dramatically reduces the complexity, inflexibility, time and expense associated with traditional business workflows and processes, as well as exposes and reveals a depth and breadth of location-driven business intelligence that makes it essential for businesses in all industries. We aim to make our products as pervasive in the workplace as are the devices that can power them. For more information, visit us online at

About DNV GL Business Assurance

DNV GL Business Assurance is a world-leading certification body. We help businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services. Within healthcare we help our customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, managing infection risk, management system certification and training. The DNV GL Group operates in more than 100 countries. Our 12,500 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Where Children Matter Most (2024)

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 850 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 307-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 since 2003 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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