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Miami Children’s Hospital Key Facts 2013 


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Ten Miami Children’s Hospital pediatric specialty services are among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-2014 rankings.

MCH is the only Florida Hospital nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric subspecialties assessed by U.S.News and World Report in both 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2013-2014.


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Miami Children’s Cancer Center  is proud to be one of the top children’s cancer care programs in the nation. No other program in Florida ranks higher.

The Heart Program at MCH is among the nation’s best in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, with surgical outcomes second to none in the nation. No other program in Florida ranks higher.

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Miami Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the nation’s best programs for neonatology. No other program in Florida ranks higher.

MCH has one of the best nephrology programs in the nation.

The Miami Children’s Brain Institute is among the best in the nation in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. It is the only ranked program in Florida.

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Miami Children’s orthopedics and urology programs are among the top programs in the nation. No other program in Florida ranks higher.

Miami Children’s pulmonology program is one of the best in the nation. No other program in Florida ranks higher.

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The MCH Research Institute is currently conducting more than 210 clinical research studies in 26 sub-specialties.

The MCH Research Institute is the largest provider of pediatric clinical research services for children of Latin origin in the southeastern United States.
The MCH Research Institute is one of few pediatric programs in the nation and the first in Florida to be fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

The MCH Research Institute is a member of the distinguished Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a national research collaborative providing the latest treatments for children with Cancer.

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The MCH Brain Institute exceeded expectations in growth once again in 2012 with an increase in the number of procedures performed:
11.5% nerve conductions
13.4% intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring
7.1% polysomnograms
3.3% seizure unit

The sleep center at the MCH Brain Institute just received a five-year re-accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
 
MCH entered into an agreement with the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases in 2012. The partnership is geared towards providing education and screening opportunities towards the goal of eradicating the birth of babies with fatal genetic diseases and endemic to the Ashkenazi Jewish Community. 
 

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MCH’S Division of Pulmonology offers a free, week-long, overnight camp called VACC camp for ventilation assisted children every year.

Now in its 27th year, VACC camp has hosted approximately 150 children representing more than 20 states and countries.

 
The Division of Infectious Diseases is one of the founding subspecialties at MCH.

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MCH has two spine surgeons who performed over 250 spine surgeries in 2012.
 
There are currently eight surgeons in the Department of Orthopedics.

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MCH offers a Fracture Care Center that provides care for 150 to 175 patients per week.
 

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MCH received legislative authority to treat adults with congenital heart disease during the 2009 legislative session. It became effective July 1, 2009. This is a testament to the success of The Heart Program where patients live well into adulthood.

In 2013, the Florida legislature approved HB 1159, a bill that amends a law to make it possible for MCH to build a 10-bed unit, providing obstetrical services for healthy mothers expecting babies pre-diagnosed with congenital conditions requiring clinical intervention immediately after birth.

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MCH has the largest Child Life Department has a total of 18 employees.

The MCH Child Life program is the only one in South Florida that includes a representative on a hospital trauma team and serves patients in the radiology department.
 
The MCH Child Life program offers Sibshops featuring fun-filled sessions for siblings of children with special needs.

MCH is the only hospital in South Florida that has a unique outside/covered play area for hospitalized patients.

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MCH’s Early Steps Southernmost Coast program provides services for children with special needs from birth to three years of age.
 
The program provides care to families residing in areas south of Flagler Street to Key West.
 
The Early Steps Southernmost Coast Program evaluates over 2,000 children annually and about 1,200 receive ongoing care each year.
 

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MCH volunteers are dedicated to bringing comfort, play, entertainment and unexpected joy to children and families in hospital, with enhanced customer service and efficiency through volunteer programs.
 
In 2012, MCH had approximately 1,856 active volunteers. This represents over 102,325 total volunteer hours of service. Volunteers are placed in over 70 different areas throughout the hospital.
 
The value of volunteer hours is more than $2 million annually.
 

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MCH has received patient referrals from 91 different countries. They work closely with MCH’s LifeFlight team to coordinate air ambulance transfers from all over the world.

The department of Global Health at MCH employs a multilingual staff that offers expert care coordination that begins with the first contact and continues through the child’s stay, follow-up care and transition back home.

MCH’s Telehealth Center is a high-tech program designed to advance pediatric care for children around the world through enhanced access to pediatric subspecialty physicians and remote reading of diagnostic tests by highly trained experts.
  

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MCH currently has nine Outpatient Care Centers across South Florida including Doral, Loxahatchee in West Palm Beach, Miami Lakes, Midtown, Miramar, Palm Beach Gardens, Palmetto Bay, Weston and West Kendall.

MCH Outpatient Centers offer a variety of services, ranging from urgent care, rehabilitation services and imaging services as well as some pediatric subspecialty office visits.
 
The MCH Dan Marino Outpatient Center is a world renowned center for excellence in the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with special needs.
 
The MCH Dan Marino Outpatient Center offers swimming instruction and water safety programs at its heated pool. More than 1,000 children have received swimming survival training since the program began in 2008.
 
In 2010, the MCH Nicklaus Care Center opened in Loxahatchee with financial assistance from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

The MCH Nicklaus Care Center has had 1,821 patient visits since its opening.

The MCH Nicklaus Care Center offers Palm Beach residents pediatric subspecialist services in the following areas: allergy & immunology, clinical genetics, craniofacial/plastic and reconstructive surgery, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology and neurology.
 
The MCH Nicklaus Outpatient Center, located at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens, opened its doors in October 2012. The center offers Palm Beach residents after-hours, urgent care, rehabilitation services including physical, occupational and speech-language therapy and some diagnostic services.

The MCH Miramar Outpatient Center, located at 12246 Miramar Parkway in Miramar Square, opened in October 2012, offering pediatric rehabilitation services (physical, occupational and speech-language therapies), diagnostic imaging and urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses.

 
The MCH Midtown Outpatient Center, located at 3915 Biscayne Blvd, is the most recent addition to the MCH Health System. In October 2012, the center began offering rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, and outpatient pediatric imaging services (X-ray). On December 4, 2012, the center began offering pediatric urgent care services for minor injuries and illnesses.
 

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For 48 years now, MCH has organized the world-renowned Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course (PPGC).

It is regarded as the most established, independent, pediatric continuing medical education program in the country.
 
Representatives of more than 18 countries and 29 U.S. states come to Miami each year to participate in the PPGC.
The 2013 conference was broadcast live to more than 20 sites in several countries reaching an estimated additional audience of 10,000 medical professionals involved in the care of children from around the world.

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The MCH Emergency Department cared for 91,901 patients in 2012.

Main campus and outpatient center visits totaled 419,239 in 2012.
A total of 14,360 surgeries were performed at MCH in 2012.

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The MCH Pediatric Dental Center, which is located at the MCH Doral Outpatient Center, provides pediatric preventive and restorative treatment, including orthodontics, endodontic and oral surgery.

The program provides treatment for children from birth to age 12 as well as for special needs children to age 15. This year, a dental adolescent program is being created to provide a continuum of dental care to children ages 13-21.
 
The MCH Pediatric Dental Center at Doral provided dental services for approximately 19,531 patients in 2012 through its Pediatric Dental Residency program.
The Dental program visited local day care centers and elementary schools to provide oral hygiene instructions for 958 children.

The infant and toddler dental program was implemented to target children from birth to three year’s of age to stress the importance of the first dental visit once the child’s first tooth appears.

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Miami Children’s offers primary care services to needy children through the Health Connect in Our Schools program.
The hospital provides nursing staff for school-based clinics situated in high-risk communities to ensure that children have access to care.
 
Miami Children’s Hospital has a Pediatric Care Center (PCC) which provides primary medical care for children from infancy to 21 years of age. The center, located at the main hospital, serves as a child’s primary physician’s office.
30 percent of the patients seen by the Pediatric Care Center have chronic health conditions
 

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The MCH Cancer Center performed the region’s first hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) or “heated chemotherapy” surgical treatment on a pediatric cancer patient in 2012.

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Miami Children’s Hospital has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Cardiac Care Facility for comprehensive heart and vascular treatment.

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The MCH Division of Adolescent Medicine is the most comprehensive hospital-based program for the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders in children, adolescents and young adults through age 21 in Miami-Dade County.

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MCH’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology program provides dialysis treatment for patients suffering from acute renal failure. The dialysis program includes hemodialysis, acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis and continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration.

MCH is one of the largest providers of pediatric nephrology services in South Florida.
 

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The Department of Psychiatry at MCH is a full-service psychiatric treatment center for children, adolescents and families. The inpatient program offers a safe, highly structured and staff-intensive environment. The 20-bed unit incorporates a wide range of daily therapies and activities aimed at developing problem-solving and coping skills, and self esteem.

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The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at MCH provides treatment of trauma-related injures as well as congenital conditions including cleft lip and palate deformities, hemangiomas, hand malformations and craniofacial treatment.
 

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The Division of Dermatology at MCH created the International Birthmark Institute (TIBI) in 2010 for the evaluation and management of al birthmarks with special expertise in vascular lesions in infants and children.
 

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The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at MCH has a Pediatric Diabetes Treatment Center that treats 100 new children annually on an inpatient basis and treats several hundred children in our outpatient centers. The Division has three pediatric endocrinologists on staff. The department recently expanded into a newly renovated space complete with new treatment rooms.

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology sponsors a yearly Diabetes Summer Camp for all patients with diabetes, including those with insulin pumps.
 

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The Division of Ophthalmology at MCH offers a full range of ophthalmic and optical services for children and young adults to the age of 21. The division is dedicated to providing quality care in a setting supportive of the special needs of infants and children.


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The Division of Otolaryngology at MCH not only treats typical recurring ear, nose and throat problems but also evaluates and treats facial trauma, provides assistance in overcoming issues associated with cystic fibrosis and treats complex head and neck tumors and airway problems.
 

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The Division of Urology and urologic surgery has become a reference center for Latin America and the Caribbean for complex reconstructive conditions.
 

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The Division of Rheumatology at MCH is the largest pediatric program in South Florida providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary diagnosis, treatment and support for children with a number of issues such as arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and fibrositis.
 

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The Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery at MCH is the first in the region to offer a minimally invasive laser procedure called Visualase for children with seizures.
 

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The Department of Radiology at Miami Children’s Hospital is a facility that is exclusively focused on pediatrics.
 
In 2012, Radiology performed a total of 129,794 Diagnostic x-rays, MRI’s, CT Scans and ultrasounds at the main campus.
  

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The MCH Department of Pediatric Surgery consists of pediatric surgeons who collaborate to provide surgical services for children of all ages, from tiny neonates to high school football players.
 

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The Department of Allergy and Immunology at MCH is involved in a number of studies that investigate the most serious allergic reactions or anaphylaxis.
 

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The Clinical Genetics and Metabolism team at MCH has a specialty clinic for neurofibromatosis, which is part of the Children’s Tumor Foundation Neurofibromatosis Clinic Network (NF center). Through this network, the NF center participates in clinical trials for children with this condition.
 

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The LifeFlight™ Critical Care Transport Team transported 2,480 patients by air and ground to Miami Children’s Hospital in 2012.

113 LifeFlight™ patients were transported for cardiac-related conditions in 2012.
 
LifeFlight™  purchased five ambulances in 2009 to provide extended geographical outreach.
  

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MCH’s NICU and PICU each received a Gold Beacon Award for excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) in 2012. MCH’s CICU received the AACN’s Silver Beacon Award for excellence in 2012.

MCH is one of only three children’s hospitals in the nation and the only one in Florida to have all three of its intensive care units receive this distinction.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at MCH was ranked number one in a study on quality-of-care assessment conducted by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals.

The PICU is the most experienced resource for pediatric and neonatal ECMO (heart/lung by-pass) for children with life-threatening conditions in Florida.

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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MCH is a regional, national and international Level III referral center, receiving critically ill newborns from throughout South Florida, as well as South and Central America and the Caribbean.

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The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at MCH is one of the few pediatric CICUs in the nation and the only dedicated pediatric cardiac unit in the Southeast. The unit provides highly specialized pre- and post- operative care for children undergoing cardiac surgery and interventional catheterization.
 
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at MCH performed the world’s first non-surgical tricuspid valve replacement via catheter on a 9-year-old boy in 2008.


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The Heart Program at MCH has among the best interventional and surgical outcomes in the nation. The program’s cardiovascular surgical outcomes are 2nd in mortality in the nation according to a U.S. News & World Report assessment conducted in 2012.
The Heart Program is also ranked 5th in the nation in discharge mortality among high-volume institutions, according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database (2008-2011).
 
MCH was the first pediatric hospital to construct a heart valve from CorMatrix ECM material in 2012, which may eliminate the need for repeat future valve replacement surgery in pediatric patients.


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For the year, MCH’s payor mix for Medicaid, other government and self pay was approximately 70 percent.

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The Department of Anesthesiology at MCH has a specialized care unit for patients who have had surgery called the Post-anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). The PACU specializes in supporting children post surgery.
In 2012, 10 iPads were donated to MCH for patients recovering after surgery. The iPads have proven to be an effective tool in relaxing patients after surgery  in order to minimize the amount of  pain medication administered.

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MCH provides community education courses on a number of topics including CPR training, depression/anxiety therapy sessions and parenting skills.
 
MCH provides injury prevention programs through a partnership with the Dade County Safe Kids Coalition to promote safety awareness such as car seat inspections, bicycle safety and drowning prevention events.
 

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In 2011, MCH launched a free EKG screening program for middle and high school athletes in an effort to identify those at risk of sudden cardiac death and prevent tragedy. Free EKG screenings are offered at the main campus as well as the following MCH outpatient centers: Doral, Midtown, Miramar, Palm Beach Gardens, Palmetto Bay and West Kendall.
 

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MCH has been ranked by Training Magazine’s top 125 Training Organizations every year since 2006.

MCH’s LifeWings™ program was selected by Training Magazine as Top Program in 2012.
 

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MCH’s Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program™ is in 734 hospitals nationwide and 34 hospitals internationally.
 
MCH has launched its own first multi-site research study with the Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program™.
 

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The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program for excellence in nursing services has designated MCH a nursing Magnet hospital since 2003 and is due for re-designation in 2013.
 

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MCH has 904 nurses on staff
The average years of employment is 9.6 years
62.2% hold Bachelor’s degrees
5.1% hold Master’s degrees

Non-direct care nurses (including Nursing Leadership)
27.9% hold Bachelor’s degrees
26.5% hold MSN degrees
4.2% nurses hold Doctoral degrees

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In December 2011, MCH broke ground on a six-story Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, a state-of-the-art facility that will optimize the care environment in the hospital’s pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.
 

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Parents magazine has included Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) in its 2013 listing of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” following an extensive survey conducted by the publication. MCH is the only children’s hospital in Florida to make the extended list, which includes 25 children’s hospitals from throughout the country.