NAPLES, FL – OCTOBER 15, 2018 – Last Thursday, Naples Mayor Bill Barnett and other esteemed community members joined Narendra Kini, MD, President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System, as well as other system leaders, for the grand opening of the Nicklaus Children’s Resource Center. The ribbon was cut by two Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients and Naples residents, Sarah Goebel,14, and Saylor Sperandeo, 7.

Now open on 5th Avenue South in the heart of downtown Naples, the Nicklaus Children's Resource Center showcases the programs, services, technology and innovations at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children. Staff is available on-site to assist with referrals for second opinions and to provide access to other pediatric medical resources. In addition, the space will be used to host periodic events and meetings with patient families, referring physicians and other medical professionals about the highly specialized pediatric services available for complex illnesses and conditions for area newborns, infants, children and teens.

“Each day, an average of two children from this area travel with their families to Miami to be admitted to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for specialized pediatric care. We are extremely excited to open our doors in the Naples community, and to spread awareness about the state-of-the-art care and services we provide at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, here on Florida’s west coast,” said Dr. Kini.

Among the members in attendance at Thursday’s grand opening reception were Naples Vice Mayor Gary Price, Michael Dalby, Naples Chamber President, Bruce Barone, Executive Director of 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District, State Representative Bob Rommel and Ellen Seigel, Michelle McLeod, Linda Penniman and Reg Buxton, Naples City Council Members.

For more information contact Julie Pedretti at or call 786.481.8511.

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About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital 
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 289-bed hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit


About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation (NCHF) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization established to support the creation of a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care, NCHF, now a part of the Nicklaus Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists.