Miami Children's Hospital Recognized as a Center of Excellence in Life Support

Published on: 08/12/2014
MIAMI — Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for its extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). The award recognizes excellence and patient satisfaction in ECMO, a heart-lung bypass therapy that allows a critically ill child or infant’s heart and lungs to rest while healing takes place.

MCH was selected as a Center of Excellence for demonstrating extraordinary achievement in the following three categories:
  • Excellence in promoting the mission, activities, and vision of ELSO;
  • Excellence in patient care by using the highest quality measures, processes, and structures based upon evidence; and
  • Excellence in training, education, collaboration, and communication supporting ELSO guidelines that contributes to a healing environment for families, patients and staff.
 

“Congratulations to the entire Miami Children’s ECMO team for their dedication in providing exceptional care and support for critically ill children. This recognition is a testament to our continued mission to provide the best care possible for the patients and families we serve,” said Dr. Keith Meyer, Medical Director of the Extra Corporeal Life Support and Apheresis Services at MCH.
 

I wish to extend sincere appreciation to the ECMO team for their unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care. It is because of their great work that we have achieved this distinction for the fourth time since the ELSO award’s inception in 2008, said Dr. Deise Granado-Villar, Senior Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at MCH.
 

The ELSO Award signifies to patients and families a commitment to exceptional patient care. It also demonstrates an assurance of high quality standards, specialized equipment and supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff members.

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, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014-15 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. For more information, please visit www.mch.com

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 www.nicklauschildrens.org.

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