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

Published on: 08/21/2020

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.

“We are honored to be recognized among a select group of institutions in the state. Our team values the importance of cancer data and reporting as part of our continued commitment to the patients in our care," said Peggy Townsend, MSM, BSN, RN, CPON, Director of Operations for the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

FCDS is Florida Statewide Cancer Registry has been collected cancer incidence data since 1981.

The Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital provides state-of-the-art medical and surgical care to pediatric cancer patients in South Florida. The program is recognized for its holistic treatment approach that places the child and family at the center of a highly coordinated network.

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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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