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Editor’s Letter: Growth Mode at Nicklaus Children’s Health System

The top-flight healthcare provider features 500 pediatric subspecialists.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a story headlined “Once Upon a Time,” but there’s a pretty good one about Nicklaus Children’s Health System. “Our story begins on Christmas Eve in 1928 when the manager of the Sheridan Square Theater in Pittsburgh found an abandoned baby girl in his theater,” says the history on nicklauschildrens.org. “A note signed by a Heartbroken Mother pleaded: ‘Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer care for her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business and I pray you will look after my little girl.’”

There were, indeed, some good show business people at the theater that night, a group called Variety Club, Tent No. 1. They agreed to take care of Catherine.

In the 1940s, Miami Tent No. 33 of Variety Club International was founded and decided to support Dr. Arthur Weiland, who organized the purchase of land where Nicklaus Children’s Health System’s main hospital is now in Miami. It took a 20-year effort to pull things together and Variety Children’s Hospital finally opened its doors on March 20, 1950.

In March, the System dedicated a bust of Weiland. His grandson, Arthur Weiland Hutson, told how his grandfather loved golf and admired Jack Nicklaus. “He would have been so pleased and honored that a remarkable golfer whom he admired greatly and his wife—Jack and Barbara Nicklaus—shared in his passion for pediatrics. He would be so proud that the hospital he envisioned so many years ago now bears the Nicklaus name.”

Others continue to help as well. Citadel founder Kenneth Griffin, who has moved his hedge fund from Chicago to Miami, donated a $25 million gift for a five-story, 127,000-square-foot surgical tower.

Nicklaus Children’s Health System is now being led by CEO Matthew Love, who is on the cover of this issue. He told SFBW how he specifically looked to rejoin a children’s hospital organization at this point in his career.

If you think the System is just about Miami-Dade, you would be quite wrong. Nicklaus Children’s Health goes all the way up to Jupiter and all the way over to Naples. It has grown rapidly in its more recent history. It is the only licensed specialty children’s hospital in South Florida and has 850 attending physicians and 500 pediatric subspecialists. It’s an example of how South Florida has grown to provide top-flight health care that saves patients from traveling from out of the region.

With thanks, we can all look back to Variety Club Tent No. 1, Miami Tent No. 33, Dr. Weiland, Kenneth Griffin, and Jack and Barbara Nicklaus for their roles in making this all happen.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.