Topping Out Puts Surgical Care on Track for 2024 Opening

Published on: 02/21/2024

Nicklaus Children's leaders and construction crew members celebrated the "topping out" of Nicklaus Children's Kenneth C. Griffin Surgical Tower this spring, placing the final structural beam atop the 131,000-square-foot construction site.

As part of the celebration, employees, donors and patient families signed a construction beam displayed in the lobby. Hospital namesakes Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and donor Ken Griffin were among the hundreds who added their signatures to the beam. The completion of the construction milestone ensures the project is on track for the planned 2024 opening, when the tower will offer a state-of-the-art setting for the 15,000-plus pediatric surgeries performed annually at the hospital.

The Griffin Surgical Tower is named for philanthropist Ken Griffin, Founder and CEO of Citadel and Founder of Griffin Catalyst, who made a transformational $25 million gift to support the tower and the future of pediatric surgical care.

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About Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Where Children Matter Most ™ (2024)

Founded in 1950 as Variety Children's Hospital, Nicklaus Children's is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 850 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 307-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine, with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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