About Us

The  15 members of the Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals (FACH) provide the most specialized level of care to children, research cures for diseases that affect children, and train Florida’s pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and pediatric nurses. Since 1999, they have been the voice for children’s health care issues in Florida through advocacy, education, research, and patient care initiatives. By sharing and disseminating knowledge, information, experiences, and research, the FACH encourages the development of the most effective means of delivering comprehensive health care to the children of Florida.

FACH Executive Committee


Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., University of Miami


Cary D’Ortona, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children


Daniel Plasencia, M.D., Sabal Palm Sub-Acute Pediatric Unit

Member at Large:

Fleury Yelvington, MBA, MHSA, Shriner’s Healthcare for Children – Florida

FACH Medical Director:

William B. Blanchard, M.D., Pensacola


Executive Director:

Dana Ferrell Birchfield

Media Contact:

Kate Stowell