Nicklaus Children's Hospital

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Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Location Miami, Florida, United States
Funding Private
Hospital type Children's Hospital
Beds 289
Founded 1950
Website Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Lists Hospitals in Florida

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a hospital for children in South Florida. It has 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. Nicklaus Children's Hospital was one of the largest employers in Miami-Dade County in 2014 with over 3,500 employees.[1]


In the 1940s, the Miami chapter #33 of Variety, the Children's Charity was founded. Its goal was to help indigent children. Variety joined forces with a new hospital that was being built outside Coral Gables that was in need of financial assistance. Variety Children’s Hospital opened its doors on March 20, 1950 just as the polio epidemic was encompassing the United States. Variety Children’s Hospital was soon deemed[2] the southern center for persons suffering from polio.[3] In 1983, the hospital was renamed Miami Children’s Hospital. The non-profit, freestanding hospital is internationally recognized for outstanding medical care, research and innovation. In 2015, the hospital was named Nicklaus Children’s Hospital after a generous pledge from golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara and their Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.


Nicklaus Children's is home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States[4] and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility.[5] Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is Florida's only freestanding pediatric trauma center.[6]

Graduate medical education[edit]

Nicklaus Children's Hospital operates a medical residency program that trains newly graduated physicians (MD and DO) in the specialty of pediatrics. The program is dually accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association.[7]

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation[edit]

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation (NCHF), is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the sole purpose of supporting Nicklaus Children's Hospital.[8]

Following the death of his six-year-old granddaughter Shannon from leukemia, Ambassador David M. Walters vowed that no child ever need leave South Florida to receive the quality medical care. In 1982, Ambassador Walters founded Miami Children’s Health Foundation.[9] Walters’ commitment to children’s health and pediatric care for all children, led to the Foundation becoming one of the largest single donors to Miami Children’s Hospital.[10] It has also helped fund more than 100 clinical studies at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Research Institute.[11]

Nicklaus Children’s Health Foundation hosts various events each year to raise money, including its Diamond Ball.[12] Throughout the year, Foundation volunteers create positive grassroots fundraising events to benefit the Foundation and the Hospital, such as toy drives, flower sales, carnivals, bike races, walkathons, paper icon sales, wiffleball tournaments, chess tournaments, restaurant openings, penny jars and fountain coins.[13] The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Corporate Golf Invitational is held annually at the Biltmore Golf Course to benefit Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation.[14]



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Coordinates: 25°44′29.25″N 80°17′39.36″W / 25.7414583°N 80.2942667°W / 25.7414583; -80.2942667