September 21, 2023
Florida's Specialty Hospitals for Children: Driving the Future of Pediatric Care

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Florida's Specialty Hospitals for Children: Driving the Future of Pediatric Care

Florida's Specialty Hospitals for Children are leading the way for Florida's pediatric care, innovation and workforce talent

| 8/1/2023

One in four Florida children will be treated in one of Florida’s four non-profit specialty-licensed children’s hospitals, which are uniquely designated and solely focused on providing specialized pediatric care. Year after year, Florida’s specialty children’s hospitals continue to expand services to stay at the leading edge of pediatric treatment and research, while ensuring that all children can access this care regardless of their needs or socioeconomic status.

Recently, these four hospitals – Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville – were recognized with 16 national rankings by U.S. News & World Report for their specialty pediatric programs. These recognized programs include Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Orthopedics.

As the only hospitals that invest solely in pediatric care, Florida’s Specialty Hospitals for Children provide unmatched investment in pediatric research, innovation, and workforce talent.

Training Florida’s Pediatric Workforce
Providing the best care for children starts with access to the best pediatric care doctors and professionals. Florida’s specialty children’s hospitals play an essential role in the recruitment, training, and retention of highly skilled, highly specialized professionals through their robust teaching hospitals. These four hospitals collectively employ more than 13,000 Floridians, train nearly 4,000 nursing students, support more than 1,000 residents and fellows, and provide the largest pediatric residency program in Florida. Many of the physicians who participate in residency and fellowship programs at Florida’s specialty children’s hospitals stay in the state following the completion of their program.  

Pediatric Care Innovation & Research
Collectively, Florida’s four specialty children’s hospitals are engaged in over 300 active clinical trials and over 600 research studies. These initiatives help bring forward new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood diseases to improve the lives of not just children in Florida, but children everywhere. Pediatric care research plays a critical role in supporting the future of Florida and its economic vitality, as these hospitals work to advance care and services that help children grow into healthy adults.

The continued collaboration of Florida’s Specialty Hospitals for Children has a significant impact on the future of our state and its economic growth, as they continue to lead the mission of improving the health and well-being of children throughout Florida and beyond.

Florida's Specialty Hospitals for Children are committed to staying at the leading edge of pediatric care and ensuring every Florida child has access to the world-class, specialized care they need.

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