For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2018
JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM CELEBRATES A CENTURY OF MIRACLES
Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO, Jackson Health System; Joe Arriola, chairman, Public Health Trust; Dr. James Jackson Hutson, Jr., UHealth orthopedic surgeon at Ryder Trauma Center and great grandson of Dr. James M. Jackson; Keith Tribble, CEO, Jackson Health Foundation; Dean Henri Ford, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Dr. Pedro Greer, associate dean, College of Medicine Community Engagement, Florida International University; Martha Baker, RN, president, SEIU Local 1991; Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, founder of Black Archives; Dr. Lillian Rivera, administrator, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County; Senator José Javier Rodríguez; City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
What: On Monday, June 25, exactly 100 years since opening its doors, Jackson Health System will celebrate a century of creating miracles in our community. During its centennial celebration at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Alamo Park, hospital leadership, along with employees, and community leaders will bury a time capsule, which contains historical artifacts that represent the history and evolution of Jackson’s first 100 years. Among the 16 items in the time capsule to be opened on Jackson’s bicentennial in 2118: a letter from Jackson President & CEO Carlos A. Migoya to the future CEO, a commemorative centennial challenge coin, and a photo from 1920 of founding physician, Dr. James M. Jackson. The celebration, which will bring together retirees, former patients, and current employees, will also include food, entertainment, and a cake-cutting ceremony.
Over the past century, Jackson has a storied history. It started on June 25, 1918, when the new Miami City Hospital, spearheaded by physician and civic leader Dr. James M. Jackson, opened its doors to the community in the midst of a deadly influenza epidemic. The 13-bed hospital, which replaced the deteriorating Friendly Society Hospital on Biscayne Boulevard, was immediately filled to capacity due to the rapid spread of the virus. In the years since, Miami City Hospital has grown from a small hospital with 13 beds and a handful of employees to Jackson Health System, one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive health systems with more than 2,100 beds and more than 12,000 full-time employees. It has expanded to six hospitals, multiple primary care clinics and specialty care centers, two long-term care nursing facilities, and a network of behavioral health facilities and urgent care centers.
Jackson has weathered many storms, both in the literal sense beginning with the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, and figuratively in the shape of financial gales that shook it to its core. In the past century, Jackson Health System has become a renowned healthcare provider recognized for its highly-trained physicians and cutting-edge care. Through its strong affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson has become a medical destination for patients from all over the world in need of highly specialized care.
Although many things have changed in the past century, Jackson Health System, a non-profit academic medical system governed by the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees, has remained true to its mission – to provide a single, high standard of quality care for all the residents of Miami-Dade County regardless of their ability to pay. Jackson, which is proudly celebrating its centennial this year, is the crown jewel of Miami for providing a century of miracles to everyone in Miami-Dade County.
More details on Jackson and the numerous history-making moments can be found at centuryofmiracles.org.
Monday, June 25, 2018, press conference starts at noon.
Centennial Celebration, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m
Jackson Memorial Medical Center
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
** Media can self-park at Park Plaza West, Green garage on Northwest 16th Street and 12th Avenue.
Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136