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Nicklaus Children’s Challenges Constitutionality of Recent Trauma Legislation


Nicklaus Children’s Hospital issued the following statement on the constitutional challenge of the recently passed trauma legislation:

The statement from Narendra Kini, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Nicklaus Children’s Health System, is as follows:

The hospital is challenging Section 395.4025(16)(c) of the recently passed trauma legislation as part of its commitment to fight for the children of Miami-Dade County. The hospital is specifically challenging the unconstitutional special law because it does not have statewide application and it exclusively targets one region – Miami-Dade County. This special law is devastating to the standard of care for the region’s children. Furthermore, this law will only fragment trauma care and decrease pediatric subspecialty expertise, as pediatric trauma centers afford children a better chance at survival. The challenge also comes on the grounds that Kendall Regional Medical Center did not complete the appropriate statutory requirements to receive a Level I trauma designation. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital will continue to fight for all children and their right to receive the highest level of pediatric care.

About Nicklaus Children's Health System

Nicklaus Children's Health System (NCHS) is the parent organization of Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children. The 309-bed nonprofit hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, was founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International and is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine, with many programs routinely ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. The health system also includes Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation, the organization's 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of nonprofit outpatient centers and urgent care centers situated in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties; Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists, a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; and an ambulatory surgery center. NCHS is the region's only healthcare system exclusively for children.