Miami Children's Hospital Becomes Nicklaus Children's Hospital
(Press release, March 19, 2015) — Originally founded as Variety Children's Hospital in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital unveiled a logo featuring its new Nicklaus Children's Hospital name, during a press conference with golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara. The new name is effective March 20, on the hospital's 65th anniversary. In addition, the hospital's eight outpatient centers will also assume the Nicklaus name.
"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."
The name change is in recognition of a $60 million pledge from the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation to the Miami Children's Health System. The Miami Children's Health Foundation, which raises funds for the health system, is currently in the midst of its Together for the Children Campaign, aimed at raising $150 million by 2017.
Dr. Narendra Kini, President and CEO of Miami Children's Health System, said, "The 65th anniversary celebration presents a perfect opportunity to treasure our past and embrace a new name and future for our hospital and outpatient centers. We are the same great nonprofit network of healthcare facilities for children made stronger by the generous philanthropic support of the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. Tomorrow, we will host a celebration for our employees in honor of our milestone anniversary and this new chapter in our long and proud shared history."