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Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Healthwatch Spring 2009

World-Class Children's Hospital

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

Renowned Physicians and Innovative Technology

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is a world-class facility providing comprehensive pediatric care in a setting specially designed for children. It features the most diverse group of board-certified pediatric specialists in the region, as well as advanced technology to diagnose and treat a wide variety of complex and critical conditions.

Impressively, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital consistently ranks in the top 5 percent nationally in patient satisfaction. This is because Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and its physicians are wholly committed to our special brand of patient- and family-centered care that places us up above other healthcare providers. It's the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Experience.

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital was one of the first hospitals worldwide to utilize extracorporeal oxygenation (ECMO) for severe heart and lung conditions – and is the only hospital in Broward and Palm Beach counties to perform pediatric open heart surgery and cardiac catheterization. Its Centers of Excellence for Cardiac, Craniofacial, Oncology, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care and Comprehensive Pediatric Dialysis Program have earned prestigious distinction as designated pediatric centers from the Florida Department of Health, Children's Medical Services.

The Comprehensive Pediatric Dialysis Program offers specialized care for pediatric patients experiencing renal failure and end-stage renal disease. It's the only program of its kind in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Furthermore, the multidisciplinary Cystic Fibrosis & Pulmonary Center, a designated center of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, provides some of the latest treatment protocols for cystic fibrosis patients and highly individualized care for a wide range of pulmonary conditions. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital offers Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units to treat the youngest and tiniest infants, along with a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with specially trained, board-certified pediatric intensivists. On-site hospitalists are available around the clock.

The hospital is home to one of only 13 Pediatric Trauma Centers in Florida, as well as the busiest Pediatric Emergency Department in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Its multifaceted emergency Transport Program helps to ensure patients get the care they need as quickly as possible. This includes a dedicated Ground Transport Team, which provides safe medical transfer from area hospitals; an Emergency Helicopter Transport Service, which brings critically ill children from healthcare facilities as far away as Central Florida and the Keys; and an Air Transport Team, which uses a special Learjet to fly patients from locations worldwide.

Additionally, the Conine Clubhouse, named in honor of former Florida Marlins outfielder Jeff Conine, provides a free-of-charge "home away from home" for families of hospitalized children, based on availability.

From throughout our community and around the world, children in need of medical expertise come to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital to receive leading-edge care from our superbly trained doctors. To ensure this world-class care continues for generations to come, we are planning the construction of a new freestanding children's hospital that will feature pediatric operating rooms, a Medical/Surgical Unit and an Oncology Unit. "Believe - You Can Make a Difference," the capital campaign to support this extensive expansion, is under way, and construction is expected to begin in the near future.

To find a Memorial physician who is committed to patient- and family-centered care, call Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Physician Referral Service toll-free at (866) JDCH-DOC. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.