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  • In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011-12, several Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) programs were ranked among the best in the nation in U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” issue. Ten MCH programs were listed in the rankings.

  • In 2009, Miami Children’s was the only Florida hospital in to be included in Parents magazine’s ranking of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

  • MCH has been annually honored by South Florida Parenting and its readers since 1997. In 2008, the hospital was recognized among the “Best of the Best Pediatric Hospitals.” In addition, the MCH Dan Marino Outpatient Center was honored in the “Best of the Best Services for Special Needs” category.

  • MCH received “Magnet” designation – the nursing profession's highest institutional honor – from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in July 2003. Miami Children’s Hospital was the first children’s hospital in Florida and the fifth children’s hospital nationwide to achieve this distinction. The hospital’s Magnet status was renewed, following a site visit and evaluation in 2008.

  • MCH has been annually ranked among the nation’s “Top Training Organizations” since 2006. Training magazine annually ranks organizations that excel at training based on factors including financial commitment, programs offered, methods of evaluation, workplace surveys, and HR data such as turnover and new employee referrals.

  • MCH is one of only a few centers nationwide to receive the “Excellence in Life Support Award” from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, an international consortium of centers offering ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) for support of failing organ systems in infants, children and adults. The Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction, and ongoing clinical research.

  • The hospital features 289 pediatric and neonatal beds, more than any other children's hospital in Florida.

  • MCH offers more than 40 pediatric specialties and subspecialties.

  • The MCH Heart Program is one of the leading programs in the nation based on volume and clinical outcomes. The program boasts a 98 percent survival rate, one of the best in the world.

  • The MCH Brain Institute is largest clinical neurology program in the nation, treating more than 45,000 children annually.

  • The hospital is home to the largest children’s cancer center in the region.

  • MCH features South Florida's only free-standing pediatric trauma center.

  • MCH is the number one provider of pediatric orthopaedics in the state.

  • The hospital serves as the state-designated treatment center for children with craniofacial differences.

  • The Neonatology Division admits more than 600 newborns each year, with virtually all referred from general acute-care hospitals. The babies that are referred are in need of an advanced level of tertiary care that is provided at MCH.

  • MCH is home to the largest hospital-based pediatric residency program in the southeastern United States.

  • The Miami Children’s Hospital Research Institute is one of the largest providers of pediatric clinical research in the region.

  • MCH is the region’s lead organization for Safe Kids Worldwide, providing child safety education and prevention via the Division of Preventive Medicine.

  • MCH offers six outpatient centers to accommodate the increasing demand for pediatric outpatient services. These facilities are based in Doral, Miami Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Weston, West Kendall and West Palm Beach. The hospital is committed to being “where the children are,” enhancing community access to MCH-quality care and expertise.


  • Pioneered first Ventilator Assisted Children’s Center Camp to provide fun and new experiences for ventilation-assisted children. The concept has since been duplicated in dozens of other communities. The hospital also hosts several other summer camps for children with special needs.

  • First hospital to host Youth Leadership Conference on Health.

  • First hospital in the United States to host Radio Lollipop®, an in-house radio station providing entertainment for hospitalized children.

  • First hospital in Florida to introduce Big Apple Circus® Clown Care program to enhance patient care.

  • First Child Life Program in South Florida. The Child Life specialists are non-medical members of a medical care team. They serve as advisors, teachers and sources of comfort, helping both child and family gain greater understanding of medical procedures, thus reducing stress and fear of the unknown. The MCH Child Life Department is the largest of its kind in South Florida.



  • Performed the world’s first non-surgical tricuspid heart valve replacement.

  • First hospital in Florida to successfully separate conjoined twins.

  • The MCH Brain Institute is the nation’s first comprehensive medical program dedicated solely to the pediatric neurosciences.

  • First hospital in the United States and the Americas to use the Helex Septal Occluder to treat atrial septal defects (ASD), a common congenital heart defect and first hospital in the southeast to obtain permission for “compassionate use” of the AMPLATZER® Muscular VSD Occluder, a device to close a hole between the two lower chambers of a child's heart (ventricle septal defect).

  • First pediatric cardiac intensive care unit in the southeastern United States.

  • Performed world's first endoscopic ventricular thrombectomy.

  • Performed world's first extracardiac Fontan operation that did not require cardiopulmonary bypass.

  • One of only 10 centers nationwide selected to participate in the clinical trial of CardioSEAL, a revolutionary closure device to be used in treating children with Atrial Septal Defect (ASD).

  • First and most experienced neonatal Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program available in the State of Florida.

  • Performed first reconstruction surgery for brachial plexus injuries in the southeastern United States.

  • Performed first repair of pectus excavatum in the southeastern United States.

  • Founded the Pediatric Post Graduate Course (PPGC), now in its 46th year. The PPGC is one of the most prestigious and well-established independent continuing medical education programs in the United States

  • First hospital in the nation to use I-Rounds™, a web-based information system that allows physicians and other healthcare personnel to track all aspects of patient care in the Intensive Care Unit with web pages accessed via the Intranet or the Internet.

  • First pediatric hospital in the nation to use Bridge Medical Inc.'s barcode-assisted medication administration system to enhance patient safety.

  • First in South Florida to provide mobile health units offering preventive care to uninsured children. Since its inception in 1995, the “Health on Wheels” mobile units have administered tens of thousands of immunizations, tuberculosis tests, and hearing and vision screenings. The Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation recently received a $3 million grant to support this effort.