For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2020
Miami Transplant Institute Opens Clinic in Broward County for Adult Liver and Kidney Patients
A private tour is scheduled for guests before it opens to the public
Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO, Jackson Health System; Don Steigman, chief operating officer, Jackson Health System; David Zambrana, executive vice president of hospital operations, Jackson Health System; Luke Preczewski, vice president, Miami Transplant Institute; Rodrigo Vianna, MD, director, Miami Transplant Institute and chief of liver, intestinal, and multivisceral transplant; Giselle Guerra, MD, medical director, Miami Transplant Institute and medical director of kidney transplantation; Broward County Mayor Dale Holness; Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner; Siobhan Edwards, President & CEO, Plantation Chamber of Commerce; members of the community.
This Friday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the opening of a new transplant clinic in the City of Plantation for adult patients of the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) – an affiliation between Jackson Health System and UHealth – University of Miami Health System. The Miami Transplant, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, performed more transplants in 2019 than any other U.S. Center.
“Our comprehensive transplant program, serving both adults and pediatrics, is the largest transplant center in the country,” said UHealth transplant surgeon Rodrigo Vianna, director of Miami Transplant Institute and chief of liver, intestinal, and multivisceral transplant. “By expanding our care, we can accommodate our families that live further away by reducing travel, improving the patient experience, and minimizing exposure and risk of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Miami Transplant Institute Diagnostic and Treatment Center will serve as an outpatient clinic for pre- and post-kidney and liver patients who reside in Broward County and neighboring areas, such as Palm Beach County and Florida’s west coast. The clinic is conveniently located near four main highways – Florida’s Turnpike, I-95, I-75, and I-595.
“MTI prides itself on performing even the most challenging transplants in some of the sickest recipients,” said Luke Preczewski, vice-president of transplant at MTI. “Patients travel from around the country and world to seek out our team’s advanced and compassionate care: we are proud to bring that a little closer home to residents of Broward, Palm Beach, and beyond.”
This site will offer routine labs, a classroom for patient education, and initial consultation for transplant evaluation. It is also the second MTI clinic built in Broward – the Pompano Beach location is in place for laboratory services.
“The excellent care provided to our transplant patients is made possible because of a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians, nurses, and medical professionals,” said Carlos A. Migoya, President and CEO of Jackson Health System. “One organ donor can save eight lives – and it is because of these donors and their families that the MTI team is able to perform this lifesaving work for our patients.”
“To have the largest and most comprehensive transplant program in the United States right here in Broward County is tremendous for our community,” said Broward County Mayor Dale Holness. “Our residents will have access to world-class care and I know it will touch countless families.”
MTI performed 747 lifesaving transplants in 2019 – the most of any U.S. hospital. Of those patients, more than 130 reside in Broward County, plus an additional 100 are from Palm Beach County. MTI also surpassed the record for most transplants performed in a year by any U.S. center since the OPTN started keeping records.
“MTI will now be closer to the families in Broward County and surrounding communities,” said Plantation Mayor Stoner. “Patients and families benefit greatly by gaining access to the newest, most advanced, most effective treatments and procedures and we welcome this prestigious clinic to the City of Plantation.”
The new clinic is set to open in mid-July to the public with COVID-19 safety measures implemented and designed to protect staff and families. The clinic plans to expand services to pediatric patients, and other patients who have had other organs transplant – like heart and lungs – in the future.
“This investment in our community not only offers the potential to improve the quality of life for our citizens, it also contributes to building the community’s economic strength,” said Siobhan Edwards, President & CEO of the Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce.
10 to 11 a.m., Friday, June 26
Miami Transplant Institute Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Plantation
600 S Pine Island Rd, Suite 200
Plantation, FL 33324
Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136