Awards and Recognitions

The work we do at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital earns us many nursing awards and recognitions. But the real rewards are the smiles on the faces of the children we care for each day.

We strive for excellence in everything we do and seek to exceed the expectations of the families we serve. The awards we receive reflect the extraordinary work of our nurses.

Awards and Accolades

We consistently rank as one of South Florida’s leading pediatric hospitals. We also celebrate the contributions of our nurses with quarterly DAISY Foundation™ awards and annual awards for DAISY nurse leader and DAISY team. Find out more about Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

ANCC Magnet Recognized badge

ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital achieved Magnet recognition in 2024 as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can earn for nursing practice and quality patient care.


Recognized as a Top Children’s Hospital in November 2020. This is a distinction achieved only by an elite group of hospitals that meet the nation’s toughest standards for safety and quality.

U.S. News & World Report

  • Best Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Orthopedics (2022-23; 2021-22, 2020-21, 2019-20: highest ranked in FL, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15)
  • Best Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery (2022-23, 2021-22, 2020-21, 2016-17, 2015-16)

Award for Excellence in Life Support

Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

Gold Level Award for Excellence in Life Support, 2020 

planetree, person centered care


Designated as a Gold-Certified Planetree Person-Centered Care Certified Site, the first children’s hospital in the world to achieve such an honor. (February 2017)

Press Ganey

  • Guardian of Excellence: Patient Experience
  • Pinnacle of Excellence: Child CAHPS; Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Guardian of Excellence, 2020

Asthma Center of Excellence

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has been certified as a Platinum Level AsthmaFriendly Hospital by the Florida Asthma Coalition for creating a safe and healthy environment for patients with asthma.


ACHA Accredited Comprehensive Care Center

Adult Congenital Heart Association

ACHA ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center, five-year accreditation (December 2017)


Stage 7 – HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, measures the adoption and use of electronic medical record functions (awarded November 2017)

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation

Accredited Center of Care

American College of Surgeons

  • Verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, September 2017, three-year accreditation
  • Memorial Regional Hospital verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Children’s Surgical Verification, Level I Accreditation, February 2021, three-year accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Awarded in 2020

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Accredited as a Core Care Center since 2014

American College of Radiology

Designated as a Center of Excellence, 2020

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center

Designated as Cleft Palate Team and Craniofacial Team by Commission of Approval Teams

United Network for Organ Sharing

Approved for pediatric heart transplant since 2010; approved for pediatric kidney transplant, 2020