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South Florida's best family health care facilities | 2018 Kids Crown Awards

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South Florida Parenting readers voted these the best health care facilities for kids and families in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

Broward: Best ER For Kids

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood; jdch.com, 954-265-5324

The award-winning Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital continues to shine as the top children’s hospital in Broward County. As one of the region's leading pediatric hospitals, they combine advanced technology and a knowledgeable staff to provide patients a large scope of services and programs in a child-friendly atmosphere. The world-class pediatric emergency physicians and pediatric nurses are specially trained in emergency medicine and committed to easing the fears often associated with a trip to the ER. From minor illnesses to more serious accidents, parents can rest secure that their children are in good hands.

Miami-Dade: Best ER For Kids

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

3100 SW 62nd Ave., Miami; nicklauschildrens.org, 305-666-6511

The pediatric specialists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital know that parents want their children to have the best care should an emergency arise. The hospital's advanced equipment and highly-trained staff are available around the clock. The freestanding children's hospital features a state-designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center and an adjoining helipad. Pediatric specialists and sub-specialists are on call 24 hours a day. For non-emergencies, Nicklaus Children's Hospital has urgent care centers as well.

Palm Beach: Best ER For Kids

Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center

901 45th St., West Palm Beach; Palmbeachchildrenshospital.com, 561-844-6300

Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center provides specialized pediatric cardiac services, orthopedics, neurosciences, cancer treatments and rehabilitation. The emergency room is one of only two state-designated Level 1 pediatric trauma centers and the only one in North Palm Beach County. It is one of the largest providers of trauma care in the state.

Broward: Best Pediatric Hospital

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood; jdch.com, 954-265-5324

This full-service pediatric hospital treats minor illnesses, trauma-related accidents and complicated medical conditions in a child-friendly atmosphere. With more than 200 inpatient beds and private rooms with movies, games and Internet access to keep children as comfortable and at ease as possible in stressful medical situations, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is also nationally ranked in areas of pediatric orthopedics and pediatric urology.

Miami-Dade: Best Pediatric Hospital

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

3100 SW 62nd Ave., Miami; nicklauschildrens.org, 305-666-6511

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is not only cutting edge with patient care but it’s top in technology. Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami recently became the first children’s hospital in America to acquire the OmniTom mobile CT scanner, which is the world’s first medical device delivering high-quality, non-contrast CT scans at the patients’ bedside for pediatric patients. Nicklaus Children’s Health System was also a CIO 100 winner in May, listing it as the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

Palm Beach: Best Pediatric Hospital

Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center

901 45th St., West Palm Beach; Palmbeachchildrenshospital.com, 561-844-6300

With a newly renovated pediatric/medical surgical unit, a Level I pediatric trauma center and 24-hour dedicated pediatric emergency department, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital offers specialized services for the youngest members of the community. It remains the only children’s hospital between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Broward: Best Place To Deliver Your Baby

Memorial West in Pembroke Pines

703 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines; Mhs.net, 954-436-5000

The Family Birthplace at Memorial West in Pembroke Pines features 12 labor, delivery and recovery suites, 26 postpartum rooms and Family Birthplace expansion rooms. Memorial Hospital West scored Healthgrades’ Women’s Health Excellence Award and Labor and Delivery Excellence Award in 2015. For infants in distress, the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial Hospital West is a Level II NICU. The NICU there also has a webcam system, so you can view your baby from a mobile device.

Miami-Dade: Best Place To Deliver Your Baby

Baptist Hospital of Miami

8900 N. Kendall Drive, Miami; Baptisthealth.net, 786-596-1960

The Family Birth Place at Baptist Hospital highlights specially designed birthing suites to keep mothers and babies as comfortable as possible. With advanced technology, neonatologists available 24 hours a day to provide newborns with specialized care and an expertly trained staff, delivering a baby at Baptist Hospital of Miami is a sacred occasion. If your baby requires staying in the hospital a little longer, you can prolong your stay at the Family Birth Place depending on availability at the Stork Inn. Breast feeding support groups and Baby’s First Year for New Moms classes are also available postpartum.

Palm Beach: Best Place To Deliver Your Baby

St. Mary’s Medical Center

901 45th St., West Palm Beach; stmarysmc.com, 561-844-6300

Fresh off last year’s win, St. Mary’s Medical Center works to make the birth experience a stress-free and memorable one. Understanding the importance of different mothers’ hopes and plans for birth, the staff works with mothers to meet their preferences whenever possible. State-of-the-art equipment, certified lactation consultants and specialized classes are available to help ease parents into their new lives with a newborn. Should an emergency arise, the hospital is equipped with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a dedicated transport team.

Broward: Best Maternity Care and Services

Total Women's Healthcare of South Broward

Totalwomenshealthcare.com

With locations in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, Total Women's Healthcare of South Broward provides expert prenatal care as well as care for high-risk pregnancy patients. Board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Robert C. Siudmak lends more than 40 years of gynecological and obstetric experience to leading Total Women's Healthcare of South Broward. Siudmak has proudly delivered more than 15,000 babies.

Miami-Dade: Best Maternity Care and Services

Baptist Hospital of Miami

8900 N. Kendall Drive, Miami; Baptisthealth.net, 786-596-1960

Baptist Hospital of Miami offers prenatal and childbirth education classes and perinatal services for high-risk pregnancies. The Family Birth Place at Baptist Hospital of Miami features private labor, delivery and recovery rooms. Caring staff members are available 24 hours a day to help with lactation consulting or any other postpartum maternity needs. Should your baby be in distress, this hospital is also home to Level II and Level III neonatal intensive care units to give you added piece of mind in caring for your child.

Palm Beach: Best Maternity Care and Services

St. Mary’s Medical Center

901 45th St., West Palm Beach; stmarysmc.com, 561-844-6300

Along with being “The Best Place To Deliver Your Baby” in Palm Beach, St. Mary’s also excels at offering care to families before and after delivery. Even before the little one makes an appearance, parents can get prepared by registering for free classes geared toward expecting parents. Attend classes on Newborn Care, or participate in the Boot Camp for New Dads. For parents who might be nervous about introducing a baby to an older sibling, St. Mary’s also offers free Super Sibling Classes, which help ease the transition for soon-to-be big brothers or sisters and teach them what to expect.

Best Urgent Care

AfterHours Pediatrics Urgent Care

Oakland Park and Lake Worth; Afterhourspediatrics.com

Most parents have or will experience the need to go to an urgent care clinic in their child’s lifetime. And since most emergencies don’t happen at convenient times, finding an Urgent Care that is open until 11 p.m. is invaluable. The offices provide a comfortable atmosphere, with children’s movies and TVs in exam rooms and rocking chairs for parents to make the time spent there as pleasant as possible. They also provide continuity and the ability for continued care by providing same-day reports faxed directly to your doctor’s office.

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