Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation announces $60 million pledge to support Miami Children’s Health System

Miami Children’s Hospital and its eight outpatient centers will soon feature Nicklaus Children’s Hospital name. Jack and Barbara help broaden hospital’s reach and agree to chair “Together For The Children Campaign”

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The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Miami Children’s Health System recently announced a $60 million pledge to support the sustained growth and advancement of the health system’s acclaimed Miami-based children’s hospital. In recognition, Miami Children’s Hospital—the flagship of Miami Children’s Health System—and its network of outpatient centers will bear the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital name, effective in March of this year.

“The health and well-being of children have always been a primary focus for us,” golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, said in a shared statement. “Miami Children’s Hospital has been a wonderful partner. Our collaboration with Miami Children’s Health System in serving children in Palm Beach County has led us to seek additional opportunities to make a difference. We are proud and incredibly humbled by the decision to place our family name on the hospital. To us, there is no higher calling than to help children in need of medical care, hope and healing.”

Dr. Narendra Kini, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Health System, said, “Jack and Barbara Nicklaus—through their Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation—are exceptional philanthropists whose generosity is legendary. This announcement marks the cornerstone of a legacy that will have an enduring impact on children and families for generations to come, supporting the hospital in its mission as a world-class pediatric acute-care hospital. It is only fitting that our flagship hospital and growing network of outpatient centers will bear the Nicklaus name and honor the family mission to impact children and families throughout South Florida.”

As an extension of their support and involvement with Miami Children’s Health System, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus will also serve as the Chairs of the Together For The Children Campaign, which has a goal to fundraise $150 million dollars through 2017.

The Nicklauses are already hard at work! Together with the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation donated $15 million to Jupiter Medical Center, marking the largest one-time donation in the Medical Center’s history. The funds will help develop pediatric services at Jupiter Medical Center in partnership with Miami Children’s Hospital. The first phase of the project is a 12-bed inpatient pediatric unit at Jupiter Medical Center, bringing world-class pediatric services to Palm Beach County.

More than a year ago, Miami Children’s Hospital and Jupiter Medical Center partnered to enhance pediatrics in North Palm Beach County. Since then, Jupiter Medical Center has implemented telehealth technology, enabling Miami Children’s Hospital physicians to interact with Jupiter Medical Center’s physicians and patients remotely to consult on a patient’s care in real time while the patient is in the Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Additionally, Jupiter Medical Center has two pediatric ER physicians in place during peak hours, and also offers pediatric MRI services in collaboration with Miami Children’s Hospital.

Miami Children’s Hospital, which celebrates its 65th anniversary in March, has a long and distinguished tradition of serving children. The 289-bed private, nonprofit freestanding hospital receives children from throughout Florida, the U.S. and more than 75 countries. It is renowned for excellence in all pediatric specialties and has more pediatric programs ranked among “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report than any other hospital in Florida.

Miami Children’s Health System also features a network of eight outpatient centers extending from southern Miami-Dade County to Palm Beach Gardens. Along with the hospital, these will also incorporate the Nicklaus name.

Miami Children’s began collaborating with the Nicklaus Health Care Foundation in 2010, with the announcement of the creation of the Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Care Center in western Palm Beach County, offering pediatric subspecialty consultations. In 2012, the two organizations celebrated the opening of the Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center in Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens, which offers pediatric urgent care, rehabilitation services, imaging services and subspecialty appointments. In 2014, all Palm Beach County services were consolidated at the Palm Beach Gardens facility.