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Miami Children's Hospital
Key Facts 2014

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Nine Miami Children’s Hospital pediatric specialty services are among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2014-2015 rankings.

MCH has more nationally ranked programs than any other hospital in Florida.

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The Miami Children’s Brain Institute is ranked eighth in the nation in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. No other program in Florida ranks higher.

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Miami Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is proud to be ranked as one of the top 10 programs in the nation in neonatology. No other program in Florida ranks higher.

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The diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics, and urology programs at MCH are ranked among the top programs in the nation.

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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 Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases has been a part of MCH since 2012. The partnership's mission is to provide outreach, education, screening opportunities and genetic counseling to people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who have a 1 in 4 risk of being a carrier for at least one of 19 different Jewish genetic diseases.

The goal is to reduce the incidence of these diseases which are severe and often times fatal in early childhood.

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The Heart Program at MCH has among the best interventional and surgical outcomes in the nation. 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).

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MCH was awarded a U.S. patent for the extracorporeal blood circuit for cardiopulmonary bypass .

MCH was the first pediatric hospital to construct a heart valve from CorMatrix ECM material in 2012, which may reduces the need for repeat future valve replacement surgery in some pediatric patients.

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Miami Children’s Hospital has been designated a member of the Optum Centers of Excellence network in the area of Congenital Heart Disease for 2013.

As a member of the Centers of Excellence network, MCH is recognized for having met or exceeded rigorous performance standards and quality guidelines.

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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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As part of a longstanding commitment to ensuring that patients and families have up-to-the-minute data when choosing among pediatric cardiovascular surgery centers, The Heart Program at Miami Children’s Hospital linked its cardiac surgical outcomes data with the hospital’s new electronic medical record and the CardioAccess Centripitus database and dynamically linked these results to the hospital’s website in real-time.

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The MCH Research Institute is currently the largest provider of pediatric clinical research services for children of Latin origin in the southeastern United States.

  • The department is involved in 216 active clinical research studies in 26 sub-specialties
  • 100 of those clinical research studies were initiated by MCH physicians, fellows, residents and medical staff.
  • Over 900 patients are currently participating in clinical trials.

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Miami Children’s Hospital was the first freestanding pediatric hospital in the nation, and the fourth among pediatric hospitals to obtain full accreditation from the Association of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) in 2009. MCH was once again re-accredited in 2011.

The Research Institute is presently engaged in 24 active device trials and 15 new drug studies.

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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 28th year, VACC camp has hosted approximately 160 children and their families representing more than 20 states and countries.

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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 300 spine surgeries in 2013.

There are currently eight surgeons in the Department of Orthopedics.

The Department of Orthopedics provides fracture care to an average of 175 patients per week.

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MCH’s Child Life Department has a total of 18 specialists.

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.

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 Radio Lollipop program underwent a studio renovation in 2014 complete with state-of-the-art radio equipment that provides music on-demand, child-friendly interactive displays and LED lighting.

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Approximately 1,900 volunteered at MCH in 2013. This represents over 103,500 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 75 different countries. They work closely with MCH’s LifeFlight team to coordinate air ambulance transfers from all over the world.

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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The MCH Dan Marino Outpatient Center is a world renowned center for excellence in the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with special needs. This was the first MCH Outpatient Center, which opened its doors in March of 1998.

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

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The MCH Miami Lakes Outpatient Center is the newest MCH outpatient center to open its doors to the community. The center began seeing patients for rehabilitative care on September 30, 2013. Urgent care, diagnostic imaging and subspecialty appointments are also available.

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The MCH Midtown Outpatient Center opened its doors in October 2012 for rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, and outpatient pediatric imaging services (X-ray). The center also offers pediatric urgent care services for minor injuries and illnesses.

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The MCH West Kendall Outpatient Center offers pediatric urgent care, rehabilitation, diagnostic services and visits with pediatric subspecialists in plastic surgery, endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine and dermatology.

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The MCH Dental Center, which is located at the MCH Doral Outpatient Center, provides pediatric and adolescent preventive and restorative treatment, limited orthodontics, endodontic and oral surgery. The program provides treatment for children from birth to age 12 as well as special needs children to age 15. These services are provided by MCH Dental Residents.

The MCH Dental Pediatric Program provided dental services for approximately 21,996 patients in 2013 through its Pediatric Dental Residency program.

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The MCH Dental Adolescent Program began in May 2013; this program was implemented to provide continuity of patient care from the Pediatric Dental program. Patients are seen in the same warm, welcoming environment that is familiar to them.

897 patients from ages 13-20 years of age received dental treatment from a General Dentist in 2013.

The Dental program visited local day care centers and elementary schools to provide oral hygiene instructions for 983 children.

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The MCH Palmetto Bay Outpatient Center was MCH’s first center to offer urgent care services in January 2002. The center also provides diagnostics and pediatric rehabilitation services.

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MCH’s Early Steps Southernmost Coast program, which is located at the MCH Palmetto Bay Outpatient Center, provides services for children from birth to three years of age with developmental delays or conditions likely to result in a developmental delays.

The program provides care to families residing in areas south of Flagler Street to Key West.

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The Early Steps Southernmost Coast Program evaluates over 2,000 children annually and about 1,300 receive ongoing care each year.

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For 50 years now, MCH has sponsored and 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.

In 2014, representatives of more than 14 countries and 27 U.S. states came to Miami to participate in the PPGC.

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The 2014 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.

In its 50 years, the PPGC’s positive medical influence on pediatric patients numbers in the several millions.

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The MCH Emergency Department cared for 91,632 patients in 2013.

Main campus and outpatient center visits totaled 433,937 in 2013.

A total of 14,917 surgeries were performed at MCH in 2013.

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The MCH Emergency Department was recently expanded to meet the growing needs of the community. The new facility features 72 patient care rooms, interactive play zones in a comfortable waiting area, and the Miguel "Mike" B. Fernandez Family Pediatric Trauma Center, the new treatment facility for South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric trauma center.

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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.

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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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MCH’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology 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 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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The Division of Adolescent Medicine launched the Healthy Chicas program in 2012 for Hispanic girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who are obese or have been identified as being at risk of obesity.

The ten-week program is aimed at helping young girls and their mothers make healthy choices, encourages active lifestyles and sustain weight loss. As of June 2014, 37 adolescents and 23 parents have completed the Healthy Chicas program.

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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 injuries as well as congenital conditions including cleft lip and palate deformities, hemangiomas, hand malformations and craniofacial treatment.

The division performed 1,322 surgeries in 2013.

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The Division of Dermatology at MCH created The International Birthmark Institute (TIBI) in in 2010 for the evaluation and management of all 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 as well as several hundred children at the MCH outpatient centers.

The Division has four pediatric endocrinologists on staff.

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The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology sponsors an annual summer camp for patients with diabetes, including those with insulin pumps.

Volunteer nurses and staff provide ‘round the clock medical care to ensure the children have fun in a medically safe environment.

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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.

Every year, the division sponsors a week-long camp for children with rheumatologic conditions.

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The state-of-the-art Department of Radiology at Miami Children’s Hospital is a facility that is exclusively focused on pediatrics. The staff is specifically trained in pediatric imaging and technical protocols which are practiced to use the least amount of radiation exposure possible.

In 2013, the department performed a total of 144,759 diagnostic x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, nuclear medicine scans, and ultrasounds throughout the Miami Children’s Health System.

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The Department of Radiology is currently undergoing expansion which will include a renovated space totaling over 29,000 sq. feet.

The MCH Radiology Department is proud to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound (US), Nuclear Medicine, PET and Computed Tomography (CT) services.

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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 Program at MCH has several multidisciplinary clinics such as Neurogenetics, Neurocardiogenetics and Cancer Genetics.

The geneticist along with other specialists see the patient together as a team to provide comprehensive care tailored to each unique individual.

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The LifeFlight™ Critical Care Transport Team transported 3,000 patients by air and ground to Miami Children’s Hospital in 2013.

Over 260 LifeFlight™ patients were transported to the MCH NICU from hospitals within the state of Florida in 2013.

LifeFlight™ owns six ambulances, one helicopter and leases a second helicopter 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.

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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 remains one of the few freestanding pediatric CICUs in the nation and is the first and largest dedicated pediatric cardiac critical care unit in the Southeast.

The unit provides highly specialized pre- and post-operative care for children with heart disease undergoing cardiac surgery and interventional catheterization. It provides comprehensive care for critically ill patients with heart disease from birth to adulthood.

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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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Miami Children’s Hospital was the first hospital in the country to launch a smartphone app for Apple iOS devices that uses Wi-Fi triangulation technology to offer patients the convenience of an on-campus indoor GPS-like way-finding system, along with other service enhancements.

The Fit4KidsCare app, families can connect to MCH’s interactive way- finding campus maps, purchase items from the MCH gift shop, order room service and much more.

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For the year, MCH’s payor mix for Medicaid in 2013, other government and self pay was approximately 71%.

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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 also provides injury prevention and safety awareness programs to the community through a partnership with the Dade County Safe Kids Coalition. Some of the programs include bicycle safety, helmet fittings, car seat inspections 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 all MCH Outpatient Centers.

As of August 2014, MCH has screened approximately 1500 patients.

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MCH has been ranked by Training magazine among the nation’s Top 125 staff training organizations every year since 2006.

MCH’s LifeWings™ program, an initiative that employs safety strategies developed in the aeronautics industry, was selected by Training Magazine as a Top Program in 2012.

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MCH’s Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program™ is in 1,039 hospitals (887 national and 152 international).

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MCH is completing a multi-site study, including international hospitals who have adopted the Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program.

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Miami Children’s Hospital has once again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This is the third time MCH is recognized for excellence in nursing and it is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

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MCH has 907 nurses on staff

  • 779 of those nurses serve in clinical settings
  • The average years of employment is 9.6 years
  • 73% hold Bachelor’s degrees or higher
  • 41% of our nurses have advanced certifications
  • 32% are members of nursing professional organizations

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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.  

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MCHTV is an in-house television network that provides customized news, research and entertainment for patients and their families.

MCH was the first children’s hospital in the nation to launch a television network in collaboration with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014.

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In 2014, MCH and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida formed a new clinical affiliation aimed at optimizing care for severely sick or injured children in Southwest Florida.

The goal is to help keep children and their families as close to home as possible while offering excellent care. This affiliation provides enhanced access to physicians and services at Miami Children’s Hospital.

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In 2013, Jupiter Medical Center and MCH announced a partnership to enhance pediatric clinical services and programs currently offered to the community in Northern Palm Beach County, at the Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center in Palm Beach Gardens and in the private pediatric practices throughout the county.

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In 2013, MCH launched KidzStuff™, a new retail brand featuring a range of innovative children’s products designed by pediatricians to solve everyday problems.

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In 2014 MCH launched the TOP test, a wellness assessment program aimed at helping children reach optimal health by enhancing their nutritional, physical and emotional wellbeing.

TOP is a single blood test that reveals common nutritional deficiencies and nutrition-related conditions in children.

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Miami Children’s Health System entered into a joint venture with Nueterra for the purchase and re-purpose of the Miami Metropolitan Hospital to Miami International Medical Center (MIMC). Nueterra is the largest privately-held organization in the US specializing in developing equity partnerships with health systems, governments, hospitals and physicians. 

The vision of this partnership is to create MIMC as a premier destination specialty hospital with two primary areas of focus: (1)Adult Surgical Specialties; and (2) Women’s and Children’s Services. 

MIMC is scheduled to open Fall/Winter 2015.