Nicklaus Children's Hospital

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The only stand-alone children’s hospital in Miami-Dade — also one of the county’s top private employers — recently laid off 135 employees. That represents more than three percent of the workforce at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Nicklaus executives say it had to be done to preserve the financial health of the organization.

But the round of layoffs comes at the same time Nicklaus plans to open a second hospital near Miami International Airport.

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Citing financial pressures and operating losses, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Jackson Health System — among Miami-Dade’s largest employers — are expected to announce layoffs and other cutbacks in the coming weeks.

In a memo to staff obtained by the Miami Herald, Nicklaus Children’s executives said they will eliminate pay raises this year for all employees, reduce pension contributions and limit new hires to workers who provide direct service to patients.

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Nicklaus Children's Hospital received multiple phone calls reporting an active shooter and a bomb threat on Friday at around 2:58 p.m., according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. 

The police department's assistant director, Alfredo Ramirez, said the hospital,  at 3100 SW 62nd Ave., responded quickly.

They "immediately implemented their emergency procedures and contacted us," he said.