The future of Jackson Health System has never been brighter, and certainly never been bigger. Recently, I told you about the 26-acre site we acquired in the City of Doral in order to build Jackson West, a new campus that will include a free-standing emergency room for children and adults, as well as a kids’ outpatient center featuring some of the world’s top pediatric specialists from UHealth – University of Miami Health System. It would later grow to include chemotherapy, rehabilitation, and a wide range of diagnostic and imaging services. We recently scored a major victory for residents of west and northwest Miami-Dade, receiving preliminary regulatory approval to add a 100-bed inpatient hospital to the Jackson West campus. This will bring even more of Jackson’s world-famous expertise even closer to where you live.
We also announced the second phase of our urgent care network, as we finalize plans for two more centers – one at our existing North Dade Health Center in Miami Gardens, and another in Doral. Our current network includes locations in Country Walk, Keystone Point, and Cutler Bay. All five of the sites will have extended hours to meet the needs of Miami-Dade residents and their families.
Thanks to the investment our community has made through the Jackson Miracle-Building Bond program, we’re also hard at work bringing the latest medical technology into all our hospitals. At Jackson Memorial Hospital, that means a new $3.3 million linear accelerator, which uses high-energy X-rays to treat cancer, and a $2.5 million state-of-the-art CT scanner. At Jackson North Medical Center, it means a new fluoroscopy suite where our caregivers use X-ray imaging to direct catheters through blood vessels and guide joint replacements. It also means new software for the newborn intensive care unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital and new lab equipment at Jackson South Community Hospital. These projects will continue and grow as we move through our $1.4 billion 10-year capital plan.
To keep this momentum going, Jackson needs to remain a model of clinical care and operational efficiency. We closed the fiscal year in September 2015 with our largest surplus yet – just over $58 million before bond reimbursements – which is reinvested right back into our programs, our facilities, and our people. That’s four consecutive years with a positive bottom line, even as we continue to build the most sophisticated medical and surgical programs and continue providing the highest level of quality care to all of our patients.
When you’re ready to learn more about our outstanding services, please visit us at www.JacksonHealth.org. We’re also eager to hear to your feedback on Jackson’s transformation – email us at WeCare@jhsmiami.org, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.
Carlos A. Migoya
President and CEO