About Us

The  12 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.

Regular membership is limited to children’s hospitals within the State of Florida that meet the following conditions:

  • Provide a full spectrum of pediatric and pediatric subspecialty care;
  • Accept all children for care regardless of the ability of the parent, guardian or caregiver to pay;
  • Possess administrative, medical and nursing staff structure dedicated to the children’s hospital;
  • Be free standing or be a physically, distinctive part of a general medical hospital center;
  • Have an appropriate leadership or governing structure that allows significant input to the governing board of directors including but not limited to a dedicated sub-board, council, advisory committee or a children’s hospital foundation board;
  • Be approved by a recognized accrediting entity.

FACH Executive Committee


Cary D’Ortona, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children


Sanjeev Tuli, MD, University of Florida Health/Pediatrics


Caitlin Stella, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Services

Member at Large:

Emad Salman, MD, Lee Health

FACH Medical Director:

William B. Blanchard, M.D., Pensacola

Past President:

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., Miami


Executive Director:

Dana Ferrell Birchfield

Media Contact:

Sandi Poreda