WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – When Tenet South Florida HealthSystem, St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Nicklaus Family break ground on the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center June 12 at 10:00 AM, the event will take on a decidedly unique golf flavor.
Rather than wielding the customary gold shovels, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Tenet and Nicklaus Companies dignitaries, led by the Golden Bear himself, will, in unison, swing sand wedges, sending a spray of sand into the air as they ceremoniously break ground for the new children’s facility.
The $6 million, four-story, 45,000 square-foot project is scheduled for completion in late 2004.
“This will be a great day for the children of South Florida,” said Don S. Steigman, senior vice president of Tenet South Florida HealthSystem. “We look forward to working with the Nicklauses to ensure that all children will have the opportunity to receive the highest quality medical care without having to leave Palm Beach County.”
The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center will offer a wide array of children’s services consolidated in an 81-bed pavilion. The facility will include two general pediatric units, a 13-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a Pediatric Progressive Care Unit, relocation and renovation of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology service and a separate entrance and separate Admissions Department exclusively for children’s services. Future plans include the relocation and expansion of the hospital’s current Pediatric Emergency Department to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
“I speak for the entire St. Mary’s family when I say we are thrilled to take this positive step, on behalf of an extended South Florida community, in breaking ground for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center,” said Peter Marmerstein, CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center.
“To help support the efforts of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, we are establishing the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation,” said Barbara Nicklaus, foundation president. “A mission of this non-profit foundation is to provide assistance to pediatric patients and their families in a five-county area who are either uninsured or otherwise unable to pay the cost of hospital care, and to provide, as appropriate, educational programmatic and research support, as well as state-of-the-art equipment, for pediatric specialty clinics affiliated with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.”
Two-thirds of the foundation board’s membership will be comprised of community members appointed by the Nicklaus Family, with the remaining members appointed by Tenet South Florida.
The foundation is supported by the Honda Classic Golf Tournament, which donates approximately $500,000 to children’s charities annually, according to Clifford Danley, executive director of the tournament. The Honda Classic, a South Florida staple on the PGA Tour’s annual Florida swing, moved to Palm Beach County in 2003.
Tenet South Florida HealthSystem was ranked by HealthGrades, a national healthcare quality solutions company, as the top-rated hospital system for cardiac care in Florida and South Florida and earned a five-star rating, ranking Tenet in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for cardiac care. Tenet South Florida hospitals that earned five-star rankings from HealthGrades are Delray Medical Center, Florida Medical Center, North Ridge Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.
Tenet South Florida HealthSystem hospitals are Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Coral Gables Hospital, Delray Medical Center, Florida Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Hialeah Hospital, Hollywood Medical Center, North Ridge Medical Center, North Shore Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Palmetto General Hospital, Parkway Regional Medical Center, Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center. Tenet South Florida HealthSystem can be found on the World Wide Web at www.tenetsouthflorida.com.