Matthew Love: Leading Nicklaus Children’s Health System during covid

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Written by Gabriela Henriquez Stoikow on January 25, 2022

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Matthew A. Love was first appointed Chief Financial Officer of Nicklaus Children’s Health System in October 2018, then interim President and CEO by the hospital’s Board of Trustees in July 2019. In January 2020, he was accepted the permanent position of President and CEO.

Mr. Love began his career in the early 90’s and has completed a career spanning over 20 years with financial and operational oversight experience in the adult and pediatric health care systems. Previous roles include senior vice president and chief financial officer at Mercy Health Regions in the Cincinnati, Kentucky area; vice president of strategy, corporate planning and operations at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis; and vice president of finance at Cleveland University Hospitals, among others.

As the current President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System, Mr. Love oversees a 309-bed hospital with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 390 pediatric subspecialists.

To this day, Mr. Love carries the lessons that a mentor, Meri Armour, instilled in him, including that caring for children is the privilege and the top priority.

Mr. Love wants to facilitate access to health care, especially in underserved areas. “For me, it’s about being in the communities where the patients are, where the children have to take care of them,” he said. “That may mean more locations, more doctors, more nurse practitioners, more nurses and a whole bunch of other things, but I think everyone, everyone deserves access to the best health care. “

Mr Love spoke to Miami Today reporter Gabriela Henriquez Stoikow.

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