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The Miracle-Building Bond is paving the way for Jackson’s future – helping us remain true to our public mission while remaining competitive in an ever-changing industry.

We continue to move forward to fulfill the promises made to Miami-Dade voters when the bond was overwhelmingly approved in 2013. In recent months, Jackson has made great strides in projects that will receive funding from the Miracle-Building Bond Program, the cornerstone of an ambitious $1.8 billion capital improvement plan.

Major developments include plans to purchase 27 acres in the City of Doral for an outpatient campus, the groundbreaking of a new, state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility and the approval of several much-needed improvements and upgrade projects at our facilities. Jackson also recently announced plans for a network of urgent care centers that will allow more and more residents of Miami-Dade County to have access to our world-class medical care.

Over the next decade, the bond money – combined with operating surpluses made by the health system – will be used to upgrade Jackson’s aged facilities, build new facilities, and invest in the latest technology and equipment.

The Wait is Over (Literally)

Opening Jackson urgent care centers was one of the most popular of the services pledged to voters during the 2013 campaign to approve the Miracle-Building Bond. Well, the wait is over. Beginning this month, conveniently located urgent care centers staffed by expert doctors from UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will open, providing residents with access to care, right in their neighborhoods. On September 19th, our first facility will open to the public in Country Walk. This location is in an existing shopping center, Country Walk Plaza at 13707 S.W. 152nd Street, and is 4,000 square feet.

“Country Walk is a thriving community in southwest Miami-Dade, and Jackson’s world-class healthcare will help West Dade to continue growing stronger for families and businesses,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Juan Zapata, whose district includes Country Walk. “I fully support Jackson’s urgent care center initiative, which will provide all residents of Miami-Dade County with easier access to world-class care.”

The next center that will open is also a 4,000 square-foot space. Located at 13120 Biscayne Boulevard, this North Miami center is also in an existing shopping center, the Shoppes at Arch Creek.

“I am very pleased to learn that Jackson Health System will be opening an urgent care center in my district,” said Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioner Chairman Jean Monestime, whose district includes the North Miami urgent care center location. “Residents needing medical attention will no longer have to go very far to be evaluated by a doctor and the center will also be open on nights and weekends.”

Additional urgent care centers in South Beach and Cutler Bay will open soon after.

The Miami Beach center will be located in the heart of South Beach, at 615 5th Street. The property is also large enough for an innovative partnership we are finalizing with UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, which would complement Jackson’s urgent and primary care with its own multispecialty clinic. This new location would bring the medical expertise of UHealth and Jackson closer to the thousands of people who live, work, and visit Miami Beach each day.

The other new site, located at 18910 South Dixie Highway in Cutler Bay, will be the southernmost outpatient center in the Jackson network. Like the other sites, the Cutler Bay site will offer extended hours and walk-in care.

We want to be there for you when you need it most, so we plan to open more urgent care centers throughout the county in the coming years, including locations in North Dade and Doral.

The North Dade location will be part of one of our existing primary-care centers which has been a major healthcare provider for North and Northwest Dade for more than 30 years. This center will be converted and upgraded to include urgent care and will allow the facility to provide no-appointment walk-up care during extended hours, seven days a week.

Our 6,500 square-foot property in Doral will house both an urgent care center and a physician practice for specialty medical care. This will be the first Jackson facility to open in the Northwest Dade region and will ultimately help support the more extensive clinical facilities being built at the new Jackson West campus in Doral.

In order to keep pace with the fast-changing world of healthcare, we have avoided creating strict rules or timelines for identifying urgent-care locations. In general, we pursue sites in neighborhoods not already being served by urgent-care facilities or with too much demand to be met by existing facilities. Moreover, we are focused on areas that lack access to the existing Jackson Health System network or that need a non-emergency entry point into the Jackson system.

Our upcoming locations include:

    • Country Walk
      13707 S.W. 152nd Street
    • Arch Creek
      13120 Biscayne Boulevard
    • South Beach
      615 5th Street
    • Cutler Bay
      18910 South Dixie Highway
    • North Dade
      16555 N.W. 25th Avenue
    • Doral
      7400 Northwest 104th Avenue

 

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Plans Unveiled To Include 100-Bed Hospital at Jackson West

One of the cornerstones of Jackson’s storied history is its longstanding commitment to serving the people of Miami-Dade County. We are building upon that rich legacy by expanding our services into areas closer to where people live and work.

Earlier this year, we announced plans to buy land in Doral and build a new campus there – called Jackson West – that would include a free-standing emergency room for adults and children, among other much-needed medical services. We have also determined there is also a sufficient need for an inpatient hospital as well.

We have recently filed a letter of intent with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to begin the required process for obtaining a certificate of need for a 100-bed hospital on the Jackson West site, located just west of the Palmetto Expressway and on the north side of Northwest 25th Street.

Petitioning the state for permission to open a new hospital is a lengthy and complex process, but we have no doubt that this effort is absolutely in the best interest of our patients and all Miami-Dade residents. Further expanding Jackson’s unmatched medical care into one of the county’s most medically underserved communities – where the closest hospital is miles away – is a no-brainer.
 
Jackson West will be custom-tailored to meet the unique communities growing in Doral, Miami Springs, Sweetwater, West Miami, and Virginia Gardens – just as our other facilities meet the needs of the communities they serve.

We are now in the process of preparing our full application, which is due to AHCA in October. Along with our own analysis that shows there is sufficient demand to meet both regulatory and financial requirements for a new hospital, input from a broad cross-section of healthcare consumers, physicians, employers, and area business owners is also a critical element in this process.

For so long, West Miami-Dade has been a healthcare desert, with little or no access to Jackson’s advanced class of medicine. We look forward to working with our new neighbors and making Jackson West their healthcare provider of choice.

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Jackson West to Open In City Of Doral

In March 2015, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously supported Jackson Health System’s plan to purchase 27 acres in the City of Doral. The site will be the home of Jackson West, an outpatient campus for adult and pediatric patients. The plans were also approved by the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees, Jackson’s governing body, and the Jackson Bond Citizens’ Advisory Committee, which reviews all projects funded by the Jackson Miracle-Building Bond Program.

Jackson West will allow us to expand our world-class medical care into some of the county’s fastest-growing residential and commercial communities. Residents in these neighborhoods, including Doral, Westchester, Sweetwater, Hialeah and Miami Lakes – all of whom help fund Jackson’s mission – deserve access to our services closer to where they live, work, and play.

The parcel of land is located just west of the Palmetto Expressway and north of Northwest 25th Street. The site will become a state-of-the-art outpatient medical center with a free-standing emergency room for adult and pediatric patients, as well as a long-planned children’s ambulatory center for specialized pediatric care.

Jackson negotiated a price of $38.5 million, below the average appraised value. Jackson is allocating $15 million of that amount from surplus funds, a result of sound fiscal planning and leadership. The rest of the project, including construction and equipment, will be funded through the Jackson Miracle-Building Bond program.

Jackson West will provide high-quality health care to one of our most densely populated, but medically underserved, areas. The future of medicine is in outpatient care, with patients, doctors, and insurance companies all wanting this faster, more efficient, lower-cost option to become more widely available.

We also want Jackson West to be a leader in children's services. The University of Miami's expert pediatricians remain the most exclusive provider of children's care for Jackson, and we are working with them closely as we expand into Doral.

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State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Facility

On our Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus near downtown Miami, we proudly broke ground in April for the new Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial. Envisioned as a state-of-the art facility, the Christine E. Lynn Rehab Center will replace Jackson’s outdated rehabilitation hospital and combine our famous inpatient and outpatient care with the cutting-edge research being done by UHealth physicians and the legendary outreach and development of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. We believe this new facility will attract patients from across the globe and offer medical science’s best hope at curing some forms of paralysis in our lifetimes.

The facility will be modeled after some of the nation’s leading rehabilitation centers and will encompass comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. The 100-bed, private-room facility will offer an exemplary inpatient experience for those dealing with some of the most challenging injuries. The Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center will also allow proximity to the necessary rehabilitation that accompanies the multiple clinical trials for those dealing with life-altering spinal cord and brain injuries currently led by Miami Project researchers at the medical center.

Christine E. Lynn, whose generous donation of $25 million helped spearhead the fundraising for the center, was on hand to ceremonially break ground on the rehabilitation building. The remaining funds to build the new rehab center will come from a designated portion of the $830 million general obligation bond overwhelmingly supported by Miami-Dade voters in 2013 to upgrade Jackson’s infrastructure and build new facilities.

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