MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Children’s Hospital is getting a new look and a new name—with some star power behind it.READ MORE: Doral Police Need Help Finding Missing Man Thomas Graham
The hospital, the day before the official name-change, honored the namesakes, Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara Nicklaus.
Jack Nicklaus, a golf legend, and his wife Barbara said they were inspired by someone else’s generosity in helping one of their five kids years ago.
“When Jack and I were first married and had a very sick child, who ended up being healed by our local children’s hospital, it was that if we ever had the opportunity to help someone we wanted it to be children,” said Barbara Nicklaus.
The name change, to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and logo change is in recognition of a $60 million pledge from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to the Miami Children’s Health System.READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida
“We are deeply honored that our name will be associated with a healthcare organization that so many know and trust throughout the world,” said Jack and Barbara Nicklaus in a joint statement. “Children are our region’s most precious and vulnerable resource. We have heeded a call to make a difference for all children in need and have found a worthy partner in Miami Children’s Health System. The organization shares our passion and commitment to care excellence. We are delighted that we are further united in our common purpose.”
With the donation, Narenda Kini with Miami Children’s Health System, said, “there is a brand new tower for critically ill kids. We hope that’ll go a long way into completing that. We have brand new programs in different counties, extended reach for chronic illness, as well as new technologies.”
Construction has already begun for the four-story, 212,000-square-foot advanced pediatric care pavilion.
Three new family-centered intensive care units are also in the works. The funding will also help support emergency and trauma preparedness and enhance programs for heart, brain and cancer patients.
Miami Children’s Health System, the parent organization for the hospital, outpatient centers, foundation and other entities will retain its name as will Miami Children’s Health Foundation.
The hospital and its network of facilities will embrace new names as follows:
- Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (main campus near Coral Gables)
- Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center (Weston)
- Nicklaus Children’s Doral Outpatient Center
- Nicklaus Children’s Miami Lakes Outpatient Center
- Nicklaus Children’s Midtown Outpatient Center
- Nicklaus Children’s Miramar Outpatient Center
- Nicklaus Children’s Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
- Nicklaus Children’s Palmetto Bay Outpatient Center
- Nicklaus Children’s West Kendall Outpatient Center
The four-story addition won’t officially open for another 18 months.