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Nemours Children's Hospital Opens, Offers New Specialties to the Southeast

Monday, Oct 22, 2012

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

With the $397-million Nemours Children’s Hospital opening Oct. 22, 2012, families in Florida and the Southeast have a new place to go for highly specialized medical care designed to meet the needs of their child’s condition. The new children’s hospital offers access to specialized pediatric care not previously provided in the area.

Nemours Children’s Hospital has focused on hiring nationally recognized pediatric specialists to meet a growing demand in the region, bringing new specialties not only to Florida, but the Southeast region as well. A few of the 80 physicians putting Nemours Children’s Hospital at the forefront of pediatric care include:

  • Cartland Burns, M.D., who is the leading pediatric surgeon in the southeast specializing in a procedure to dramatically improve the lives of children living with intestinal failure.
  • Ken Liechty, M.D., who is the chair of surgery; surgeon-in-chief; director of fetal medicine; and the first fetal surgeon in the Southeast.
  • Craig Johnson, M.D., who is the first fellowship trained pediatric interventional radiologist in Florida.
  • Terri Finkel, M.D., Ph.D., who is the first pediatric rheumatologist based in Orlando and will treat children with childhood arthritis, the number one cause of acquired childhood disability.
  • Richard Finkel, M.D., who is internationally known for his treatment and research of neuromuscular disorders. With his arrival, Nemours will offer a Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, not presently available in Orlando.

Nemours Children’s Hospital’s location in Lake Nona Medical City was chosen for its close proximity to the Orlando International Airport, providing easy access for families traveling to receive treatment at the new hospital.

“Many families travel hundreds of miles to seek the treatment their child needs for a chronic condition – we provide a new alternative closer to home,” said Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children’s Hospital. “Reducing travel reduces the chances of travel-related side-effects on a child’s treatment, and creates better outcomes for the child.”

The state-of-the-art, 630,000-square-foot hospital has 95 beds, all private rooms, a full-service pediatric emergency department, a NICU and PICU, and anchors a 60-acre, fully-integrated health campus that includes a new Nemours Children’s Clinic, and extensive research and education facilities.

Located in the heart of Lake Nona Medical City, its neighbors include the University of Central Florida Health Sciences Campus, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, the University of Florida Research and Academic Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Research Institute.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.