Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center to expand pediatric care services in Palm Beach County

nicklaus-outpatientThe Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) announced Friday the planned opening of the Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center. The 21,500-square-foot facility, to open in the summer of 2012, will feature a range of pediatric outpatient services.

The announcement came at “hard hat” preview of the facility for close to 150 people, including officials from Miami Children’s Hospital, Foundation Board members and supporters, community leaders, and several members of the Nicklaus family.

The center will be located within the popular Palm Beach Gardens retail shopping center Legacy Place at 11310 Legacy Lane, and will become the second pediatric care facility in Palm Beach County to be created as a collaboration of MCH and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

In 2010, the MCH Nicklaus Care Center opened on the campus of Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee (western Palm Beach County), offering pediatric subspecialty appointments. Since the opening, the center has hosted more than 1,842 subspecialty visits and currently features the services of the following pediatric subspecialists: craniofacial/plastic and reconstructive surgeon, dermatologist, endocrinologist, clinical geneticist, gastroenterologist, allergist/immunologist, neurologist, nephrologist, and an orthopedic surgeon specializing in scoliosis and spinal disorders.

“With the opening of the Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center in Palm Beach Gardens, we will take the next step in answering the call of our community to provide enhanced pediatric care services,” said Barbara Nicklaus, chairman of the board of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. “For many families in Palm Beach County, finding specialized services for their children is a challenge. It is our hope that the new center will offer convenience, access to world-class care and, above all, the help and support that families in our community need and deserve.”

“Miami Children’s is privileged to benefit from the collaboration of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation,” said Dr. M. Narendra Kini, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital. “The support of this worthy entity, and of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, is an inspiration to us all as we work to expand access to pediatric services in South Florida.”

Services at MCH Nicklaus Outpatient Center will open in stages beginning this summer, and should be complete by the fall of 2012. Services will include:

Pediatric Urgent Care Center
The center will offer care for minor injuries and illnesses for youngsters from birth to age 21, provided by board certified physicians. Urgent care hours will be from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This after-hours schedule will be of service for parents when the child’s pediatrician is not available.

Pediatric Diagnostic Services
Clinicians who specialize in pediatric diagnostics and sedation services that are required to perform essential screenings involving babies and very young children, will provide imaging services such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Pediatric Rehabilitation Services
This location will offer a team of pediatric rehabilitation specialists who focus on the medical, therapeutic, and educational needs of the patient and their family. Evaluations and treatment plans for occupational, physical, and speech therapies will be provided Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pediatric Subspecialty Services
In addition, the site will host visits from pediatric subspecialists, like those offered at the MCH Nicklaus Care Center on the campus of Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, to make these advanced services more accessible to area residents.

About the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation
The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation mission is to provide support for activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. In addition, the foundation supports not-for-profit programs and projects aimed at children’s health, safety and well-being. For more information about the foundation, please visit nchcf.org.

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 subspecialists. 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, and 2011 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.

About Legacy Place
Legacy Place is a shopper’s haven offering a “Main Street” experience with a large selection of retail stores and restaurants, and an abundance of loft office space. With more than 40 shops and eateries, Legacy Place invites people to enjoy a complete dining and shopping experience that is sure to fulfill.