Miami Children’s Health System will undergo a name change to align the health system with the branding and identity of its flagship, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Narendra Kini and Ravneet Chowdhury with Barbara and Jack Nicklaus
Dr. Narendra Kini and Ravneet Chowdhury with Barbara and Jack Nicklaus

Effective November 1, the health system — which includes the nonprofit hospital, its network of outpatient centers, a research institute, a fundraising arm, an employed physician practice and more — will become Nicklaus Children’s Health System in recognition of the continued support from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and its founders, golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara. The hospital became Nicklaus Children’s in 2015, following a multi-million-dollar commitment from the Nicklaus family and its foundation.

In addition, Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the health system’s fundraising arm, will soon become Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, furthering the system-wide branding alignment.

“As an extension of our appreciation for the generosity and unwavering support of Jack and Barbara and their Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, we are proud to further cement the legacy of these exceptional philanthropists who are so committed to offering a better future for children everywhere,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO of the soon-to-be Nicklaus Children’s Health System. “The new name will support our leadership as a global resource for children and families.”

The system-wide re-branding was unveiled Saturday night in Miami at the Diamond Ball, one of South Florida’s most anticipated galas of the year. The event gathers the most influential philanthropists, community leaders and celebrities to celebrate the mission of helping the children and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Jack and Barbara Nicklaus were in attendance.

“We are incredibly honored and blessed to be a part of this fantastic institution,” Jack and Barbara Nicklaus said in a combined statement. "Helping children has been our dream since we sat across from each other in our baby daughter’s hospital room, praying for her recovery. That was over 50 years ago, and now, through the partnership with this amazing hospital, health system, assemblage of doctors and specialists, and leadership such as Dr. Kini and Mario Murgado (chairman of the health system board), we treasure our commitment and responsibility to our children.

“To pull together these critical elements and under a single brand is the utmost compliment, and further motivates us to raise awareness and donors for the work being accomplished. We believe we are now on a global map, and we can and will reach new heights in pediatric care.”

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly, Miami Children’s Hospital, has a long and distinguished tradition of serving children. Founded in 1950, the 289-bed private, non-profit freestanding hospital receives children from throughout Florida, the U.S. and more than 75 countries. It is renowned for excellence in all pediatric specialties and has more pediatric programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report than any other hospital in Florida.

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