Miami, FL – As promised to Miami-Dade County voters in 2013, Jackson Health System is moving forward with its plan to build a network of urgent-care centers to bring Jackson’s world-class medicine to communities throughout Miami-Dade County.

“Miami-Dade taxpayers are Jackson’s owners – and they should all have access to the health system’s quality medicine,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “Geography is no longer going to be a barrier for county residents to use Jackson for all of their healthcare needs.”

Jackson is recommending leases at two sites that, if approved, could open by summer 2016.

The North Miami location is in the existing Shoppes at Arch Creek at 13120 Biscayne Boulevard, a 4,025 square-foot location. Build out costs are estimated at $1.4 million, including $80,500 contributed by the landlord. Rent on the initial term of the five-year lease would begin at $181,125 per year, increasing 3 percent annually.

“I am very pleased to learn that the 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 opened on nights and weekends.”

The Country Walk location is also in an existing shopping center, Country Walk Plaza at 13707 S.W. 152nd Street. The proposed urgent-care would be 4,000 square-feet. Build out costs are estimated at $1.4 million, including $100,000 contributed by the landlord. Rent on the initial term of the five-year lease would start at $120,000 per year, increasing 3 percent annually.

“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 opening of Jackson urgent care centers was one of the most popular projects of the $830 million Jackson Miracle-Building Bond, overwhelmingly approved by Miami-Dade voters in November 2013. 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.

Jackson plans to open eight to 12 urgent-care centers throughout Miami-Dade County in the coming years – facilities that will provide the essential bridge between traditional doctor visits and costly emergency-room settings.

“We promised to bring Jackson urgent-care centers to communities throughout our county and we are going to deliver on that promise,” Migoya said. “By expanding Jackson’s reach farther into the community, we are providing a benefit to our residents and creating additional access points into our network of hospitals, which is good for our business. It’s a win-win.”

Jackson leadership has been working to strategically identify locations for the urgent care centers – focusing on areas that lack access to the existing Jackson network of hospitals, are underserved by urgent-care facilities, or are heavily populated with too much demand to be met by existing facilities.

The Purchasing and Facilities Subcommittee of the Public Health Board of Trustees, Jackson’s governing board, will review the proposed leases, on Tuesday, May 19. If approved, the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, a volunteer group of Miami-Dade residents with oversight of the spending of Jackson’s bond money, will make a recommendation on the proposal on May 20. A final vote would then be scheduled for the Public Health Trust’s televised meeting on May 26.

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