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Nicklaus Care Center to Open this Year in Florida
Miami Children's Hospital announced that it will open the first Nicklaus Care Center in Palm Beach County (Fla.) in 2010. The Miami Children's Hospital Nicklaus Care Center will deliver medical care from pediatric craniofacial, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and orthopedic specialists to a stand-alone clinic at a to-be-announced location in Palm Beach County.
With support from the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, medical specialists from the not-for-profit hospital will offer new options to Palm Beach County area families with children who have special medical needs.
Families in Palm Beach County face a unique challenge, as specialty-trained doctors and hospitals equipped to care for children with special medical needs are spread throughout South Florida. Transporting a child to medical appointments and managing life during treatment far from home puts a strain on parents' work schedules, caring for other children and, ultimately, a family's quality of life.
The need for pediatric health care services in Palm Beach County is increasing at an accelerated pace. Indicators show that the population growth for children - age 18 and under - living in Palm Beach County will continue to surpass the rate of growth for South Florida through 2012.
"For the past several years, the Foundation has explored options to expand its impact and further advance the health care needs of children," said Barbara Nicklaus, chairman of the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation Board of Directors. "The Miami Children's Hospital Palm Beach County project is a great fit for our Foundation's vision, and they have our full support."
The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation mission is to provide support for activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. In addition, the Foundation supports not-for-profit programs and projects aimed at children's health, safety, and well-being.
"Our family's passion to help children is what originally led us to create the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation," said Jack Nicklaus, honorary chairman of the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation Board of Directors. "Our purpose is very simple: to help kids in the community where Barbara and I, and now our children and their children, have lived and worked for decades."
The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation now supports programs and projects aimed at children's health, safety and well-being in five Florida counties: Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River.