Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital celebrates 20 years of world-class healthcare

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has spent the last 20 years growing up to become the leading children’s hospital in Broward and Palm Beach counties and a regional pediatric specialty facility.

For the first 19 years, it was within Memorial Regional Hospital, one of Florida’s largest hospitals and the flagship facility of Memorial Healthcare System. On July 21, 2011, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital opened its doors as a new freestanding facility across from its parent hospital in a building specially designed for children and families.

“One of the keys to our success has been truly listening to our patients and their families and incorporating their feedback into our plans,” said Nina Beauchesne, FACHE, administrator, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and administrator, Pediatric Services, Memorial Healthcare System.

As a full-service, patient- and familycentered hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital creates a healing environment where kids can be kids and parents are partners in care. The advanced facility is staffed 24 hours a day by pediatricians, pediatric specialists, specialty-trained nurses and support staff.

During the past two decades, the hospital developed Broward County’s only pediatric heart transplant program and performed the first pediatric cardiac catheterization and open heart surgery in Broward and Palm Beach counties. It also comprised the region’s largest diversity of board-certified pediatric specialists and opened Pediatric Emergency Departments in Hollywood, Miramar and Pembroke Pines.

It has one of the state’s few nationally accredited cystic fibrosis centers, a nationally recognized asthma program ranked third in the nation and features U18 Sports Medicine for young athletes.

The freestanding hospital is a fourstory, 180,000-square-foot facility that showcases an overall “Power of Play” theme with each floor displaying themes of Sports, Arts, Games or Dreams. It is connected to Memorial Regional Hospital via an elevated walkway with a total of 204 licensed beds, six pediatric operating rooms, radiology services and an entire floor dedicated to pediatric oncology care.

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