Wolfson Children's Hospital
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|Wolfson Children's Hospital|
|Location||800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL, United States|
|Care system||Children's Hospital|
|Affiliated university||University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville|
|Emergency department||Level II trauma center|
|Speciality||Pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties|
|Lists||Hospitals in the United States|
In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Wolfson Children’s Hospital among the nation’s top 50 hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery, and gastroenterology and GI surgery. Wolfson Children’s Hospital achieved Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2007 and again in 2012, an international recognition of excellence in patient care.
A not-for-profit children’s hospital that serves 80,000+ patients from birth to 21 years of age annually, Wolfson Children’s Hospital offers 30+ pediatric medical and surgical specialities through its long-time partnerships with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, and the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic Hospital in Florida.
In 1946, Morris David Wolfson wrote a letter to his sons, Sam Wolfson, Louis Wolfson, Saul Wolfson, Cecil Wolfson, and Nathan Wolfson asking them to build a children’s facility in Jacksonville, Florida. A $500,000 donation from the Wolfson Family Foundation led to the establishment of Wolfson Children’s Memorial Hospital, a 50-bed pediatric wing at Baptist Memorial Hospital (now Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville) in 1955. The hospital grew incrementally during its early years, particularly in 1971, when pediatricians with the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society signed an agreement stating that a consolidated center of excellence would be the best way to serve the region's children and families.
In 1987, Wolfson and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, began their affiliation to better serve the area's children. Wolfson also began an academic affiliation with the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville in the 1990s, training pediatric residents, fellows and other professionals in pediatric medicine.
In 1993, a new Wolfson Children’s Hospital opened, offering a range of inpatient and outpatient services, including a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Children's Emergency Center; and specialized programs such as pediatric oncology, radiology, pathology and research.
Since 2011, the hospital has also expanded regionally, opening Wolfson Children’s Specialty Centers in Lake City, Florida; Daytona Beach, Florida; Brunswick, Georgia (in partnership with Southeast Georgia Health System); at the Baptist Clay Medical Campus in Fleming Island, Florida; and in Tallahassee, Florida (in partnership with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare).
In 2012, Wolfson Children’s Hospital expanded with the opening of the new J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower on the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville campus. The hospital continues to expand its number of specialized services, and to provide child health advocacy outside of hospital walls through THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health, which offers education, childhood injury prevention, and legislative efforts to improve healthcare access for children.
In 1985, the Baptist Health Foundation was created to assist in fundraising for Baptist Health. The Foundation coordinates gifts and fundraising for Wolfson Children's Hospital in addition to four adult Baptist Health hospitals.
The hospital’s major fundraising event is the Wolfson Children’s Challenge, an annual event that features a 55K Ultra Marathon, 55K Ultra Relay, 30K Individual Run, 1-Mile Fun Run, and family-friendly activities.
Another signature event is Christmas in July, always held on July 25 each year, to collect toys and donations to help the hospital’s Child Life Department normalize the hospital experience and provide distraction through toy and play.