Miami Children’s Health System and VitalMD Partner to Create Women’s and Children’s Network

Published on: 08/03/2015
MIAMI—Miami Children’s Health System® (MCHS) and VitalMD® Group Holding, LLC (VitalMD), have partnered to develop Florida’s first and only women’s and children’s Clinically Integrated Network, Conecta™ Health Network.

Conecta™ Health Network is the culmination of a concerted effort to improve access to high-quality maternal and pediatric care. A clinically integrated network is a network of providers, hospitals, outpatient facilities and ancillary services working together to improve and maintain the health of the people in their communities. Conecta™ Health Network will bridge the care and access gap that exists in today’s highly fragmented healthcare system by providing an innovative care model to ensure optimal health and wellbeing. This clinically integrated network will enhance the continuity of care as families are supported on their healthcare journey from pregnancy to the growth of their children.

Conecta™ Health Network will combine clinical services provided by independent physician groups, OB/GYNs, hospital-based subspecialists and other healthcare providers to provide comprehensive support to the health and wellness needs of women and children across the state. Enabled by real-time medical data sharing capabilities, mutual quality and performance standards, and aligned incentives, the network will yield an immediate and long-lasting positive impact for the mothers and children in our care.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Miami Children’s Health System,” said Dr. Glenn Salkind, President of VitalMD. “This joint venture will enable our organizations to provide greater access to quality care and improve care coordination for our female and pediatric patients.”

“As the region’s leading provider of care services for children, Miami Children’s Health System continuously seeks opportunities to partner to improve the health and well-being of the children of our community and beyond,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Health System. “We are delighted to find in VitalMD a collaborator that shares our passion to enhance care quality and access for pediatric patients and their families,” he said.

From L to R Top Row: Andre Susla, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, Miami Children’s Health System; Dr. Rigoberto Nunez; Dr. Rafael Llanso, Board member, VitalMD; Dr. Michel Nahmad, Chairman of the Board, Conecta Health Network; Dr. Kerry Kuhn, Senior Vice President of VitalMD; Michael Davis, Sr. Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Innovation, Miami Children’s Health System.

From L to R Bottom Row: Francisco J. Leon, President and COO, Femwell Group Health, Inc.; Alex Soto, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital; Dr. Glen Salkind, President of VitalMD; Dr. Narendra Kini, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Health System

About VitalMD

VitalMD Group Holding, LLC is a large, privately-held, multi-specialty physician group in South and Central Florida. The physicians affiliated with VitalMD focus on improving quality and care coordination while providing cost-efficient medical care.  

VitalMD was founded in 2004 as a large women’s health group practice. In 2011, VitalMD expanded to add new specialties in response to the changing needs of the healthcare environment. Today, VitalMD’s network of 400 board certified physicians represent over 20 specialties with a strong presence in women’s health, pediatrics, and primary care. The providers affiliated with VitalMD treat over 500,000 unique patients each year.

About Miami Children’s Health System

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – part of Miami Children’s Health System–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 nonprofit hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine and routinely has many programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.
The organization has grown and evolved into the Miami Children’s Health System (MCHS) which includes Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the organization’s 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of eight nonprofit outpatient centers situated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Pediatric Specialty Group, Inc., a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary;  a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center, as well as an e-commerce line of children’s wellness and safety products that support the hospital’s mission of serving the region’s pediatric population. MCHS is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children.

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital (2022)

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 800 attending physicians, including more than 500 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. In the 2022-2023 U.S. News ranking, the hospital tied with two other hospitals as the number one children’s hospital in Florida. 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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