Design phase set to begin on “Jackson West”

Miami, FL – A 27-acre parcel of land in west Miami-Dade was officially purchased by Jackson Health System today, paving the way for the construction of “Jackson West,” an outpatient campus for adult and pediatric patients.

“Jackson is officially moving into one of Miami-Dade’s fastest growing residential and commercial areas,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “Part of Jackson’s mission is to serve all the people of Miami-Dade County – and Jackson West will help us fulfill that promise to hundreds of thousands of families and their children who live in an area currently underserved by emergency rooms and pediatric care.”

The land, located just west of the Palmetto Expressway and on the north side of Northwest 25th Street in the City of Doral, will be developed into an outpatient campus for adults and pediatric patients.

A children’s ambulatory center for specialized pediatric care and separate free-standing emergency room/urgent care centers for adults and children will be constructed and staffed. Long-term plans could include the creation of a medical mall that will offer services such as same-day surgery, outpatient cardiac catheterization, dialysis, chemotherapy, outpatient rehabilitation, a wellness center, and more.

The next step is the design phase of the project, which will include hiring an architect and builder. Construction is anticipated to take between 24 and 36 months.

“Jackson West” first got the green light in February, when it was approved by the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees, Jackson’s governing body, and the Jackson Bond Citizens’ Advisory Committee, which reviews projects funded by the Jackson Miracle-Building Bond program.

The sale price for the site, located at 7800 N.W. 29th Street, was $38.5 million. This was below the average independent appraised price. Jackson is funding the project with $15 million from its operating surpluses that the system earns, for the fourth year running, while the remaining $23.5 million is funded through the Miracle-Building Bond program, overwhelmingly approved by Miami-Dade County voters in November 2013. The bond will also fund the construction and equipment at Jackson West, estimated at $31 million.

More than half a million people live within five miles of this proposed facility, but the nearest emergency rooms are between four and six miles away. By bringing the quality care Jackson is known for into this healthcare desert, Jackson is putting much-needed medical services within the reach of people in communities like Miami Springs, Doral, Sweetwater, Hialeah, and Westchester.

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