Women’s and Children’s Services Grow Along with the Community

It’s been a busy year at Memorial as we expanded facilities, services and access for women and children to meet the growing needs of South Florida. These projects illustrate our ongoing commitment to move health forward for our patients and their families.

  • Children’s Center for Complex CareJoe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Center for Complex Care officially opened, making it possible for more children to access specialized care right here in South Florida. An alliance with Boston Children's Hospital enables patients to access streamlined and coordinated care from experts at both hospitals. The center also offers short- and long-term care planning for children with complex chronic health conditions, second opinions for children with rare or difficult-to-diagnose health issues, needs assessments and more.
  • Women's and Children's Pavilion – A second medical office building opened at Memorial Hospital Miramar to meet demand for women’s and children’s services in West Broward and Northwest Miami Dade. It houses a women’s wellness center with extended hours, a first-floor surgical center for all ages and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital specialists on the second floor.
  • Maternal-Child Medicine – Our doctors and nurses deliver specialized care to moms and their babies with complex conditions. The Maternal-Child Medicine team includes maternal-fetal physicians, high-risk OB specialists and pediatric experts from Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The team collaborates to provide seamless, coordinated care throughout pregnancy, delivery and beyond. Newborns with special needs are cared for in the Wasie Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • National Leader for Children’s Orthopedics and Heart SurgeryJoe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has once again been named among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the nation for Orthopedics and Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. The children’s hospital was also named South Florida's Best Children's Hospital for Orthopedics for the fourth year in a row and is home to the largest group of fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons in South Florida.

We are able to access world-class care while our kids stay local with our medical teams here. It is a great relationship that is forming between our physicians and their physicians.”

Amanda Porro, MD
Medical Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Complex Care, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Patient Story: Back on the Court

When elite tennis athlete Brianna felt a sudden, sharp pain in her back and couldn’t pick up or swing her tennis racket, she tried to rest and stretch. When that didn’t work, she turned to the [U18] Sports Medicine team at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

An MRI revealed a stress fracture in her lower back. The team, including her physician Matthew Fazekas, MD, started her on a bracing treatment and physical therapy and supervised her return to tennis. Dr. Fazekas said the [U18] team’s multidisciplinary approach is crucial for success with athletes like Brianna.

Now, Brianna is back to reaching for her goals. “I want to become No. 1 in the world,” she said.

Rising Up for Kids

The countdown is on! Come fall 2022, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will unveil its new four-floor expansion. The addition adds state-of-the-art patient rooms, houses the latest technology and provides enhanced respite areas, such as a fifth-floor terrace and an entire floor dedicated to the healing power of play through the hospital’s partnership with Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation. Support from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation helped fund the expansion through the Catch the Love campaign.

The technology in the expansion will enable our outstanding medical and surgical teams to continue to deliver the exceptional care for which we are known.”

Caitlin Stella, MPH
CEO, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

Opens November

Rendering of the expanded Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.