MIAMI, September 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — State Senator Ileana Garcia and Senator-elect Bryan Avila presented a $500,000 cheque, financed by the state of Florida, to representatives of Nicklaus Children’s. The funds will support the work of the hospital’s epilepsy program, a world leader in treating children with medically resistant epilepsy.
Senator Garcia and Senator-elect Avila have championed the funding that will allow the hospital to acquire a next-generation, high-density electroencephalogram (EEG) system to support the precise and accurate localization of seizure activity in the brain of ‘a kid.
“We are extremely grateful to Senator Garcia and Senator-elect Avila for their commitment to caring for children with epilepsy,” said Matthew A. Love, president and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System, the hospital’s parent organization. “These two leaders understand the value of our state’s four specialty licensed children’s hospitals, including Nicklaus Children’s. The four hospitals provide the most acute care services only to children here in Floridademonstrating their importance in ensuring that the state’s children have access to expert pediatric care without having to leave their community. »
“It was a great opportunity for me to give back to a wonderful place that helped me when my mother and I were most vulnerable – when I was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child,” said the Senator Garcia. “For me, this moment is very nostalgic, because I remember always telling my mother that I would give it back to her one day.”
Senator-elect Avila said, “It has been an honor to help support an organization that is so essential to children and families in our community. We are lucky that children with epilepsy from Florida have access to one of the best programs in the country when seeking care. »
Additionally, Senator Garcia was also the sponsor of Senate Bill 340, passed earlier this year, which requires that Florida public schools create individualized seizure action plans for children with seizures. The companion bill, House Bill 173, was sponsored by representatives Nicolas Duran and Michael Gottlieb. Both bills passed unanimously and were signed into law by the governor. Thanks to these efforts, children with epileptic seizures are in a safer environment when in class..
The Epilepsy Program is a premier program of the Nicklaus Children’s Brain Institute, the nation’s first comprehensive medical program dedicated solely to caring for the developing brain. It brings together world-renowned specialists in many pediatric neuroscience sub-specialties with unparalleled cumulative clinical experience in United States. The team promotes integrated research and offers the latest advances in assessment and treatment for children with brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve disorders. Nicklaus Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.
About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is from south florida only licensed specialist hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 800 attending physicians, including over 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 to 2014, is renowned for its excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with numerous specialty programs consistently ranked among the best in the nation by US News and World Report since 2008. In the 2022-2023 ranking, the hospital is tied with two other hospitals as the top children’s hospital in Florida. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the Southeast United States and since 2003 it has been designated a Magnet Institution of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org
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