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Florida pediatrics: Healing by play

Photo: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, which is part of Memorial Healthcare System, doubled its space with the $166-million addition. Four new floors with 156,000 square feet were built on top of the hospital’s original four stories, which opened in 2011.

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Florida pediatrics: Healing by play

| 8/8/2023

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Florida pediatrics: Healing by play

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is committed to the "healing power of play." The hospital's new expanded facility has additional indoor and outdoor space to allow kids to get extra exercise and have fun in a cheery environment. Read more about Healing by play here and check out the latest advancements and enhancements in pediatric care around Florida:

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» Making Space: Wolfson Children's Hospital is adding beds to address gaps in mental health care.
» Primary Concern: A Nemours pilot program is embedding mental health services in its primary care offices.
» The Other End of the Needle: Getting one’s blood drawn can be a stressful experience for children. 
» Nurse Pipeline: Nursing shortages are taking a toll on all specialties, including pediatrics.
» Wake-up Call: Florida is mandating later start times for middle schoolers and high schoolers — a shift doctors say will help kids get the sleep they need to learn and thrive.
» Slowing Nearsightedness: The Eye Care Institute at Nova Southeastern is tackling a growing epidemic of myopia in children.

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