Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South Medical Center recognizes longstanding partnership between Jackson Health System and Ryder System


Carlos A. Migoya, president & CEO, Jackson Health System
Robert Sanchez, CEO, Ryder System
Gina Diaz, CEO, Jackson South Medical Center
Enrique Ginzburg, MD, medical director, Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South
Ed Navarro, trauma patient


Since opening its doors more than three years ago, the trauma center at Jackson South Medical Center has delivered on its promise to provide life-saving care to people who have suffered injuries in south Miami-Dade County – an extension of the world-class trauma care provided at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

On Tuesday, September 17, Jackson South will celebrate the official naming of its Level II trauma center: Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South Medical Center. Founding benefactor, Ryder System, will join Jackson leaders and other members of the community to mark the occasion during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ryder System has been one of the most enduring philanthropic supporters of Jackson Health System, and the company’s name has become synonymous with the world-famous care provided by elite Jackson caregivers and UHealth – University of Miami Health System trauma surgeons.

When Jackson expanded its trauma services to the south Miami-Dade community, Ryder System recommitted its charitable support with a new gift of $1 million. In recognition of that gift, the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees approved action naming the new facility as Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South.

Since opening its doors to the public, Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South has treated more than 2800 patients with life-threatening injuries after motor vehicle crashes, burns, falls, accidents, gunshot wounds, and more.

One of those patients is Ed Navarro, who was boating off Elliot Key near Key Biscayne in May, when a speeding boat crashed into him, tossing him overboard.

Navarro was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South. Navarro had a cervical spinal cord injury, and he couldn’t feel his hands or legs. He underwent an emergency cervical open-door laminosplasty, a complicated procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal cord.

A day after his life-saving surgery, Navarro took his first steps. After nearly three weeks in inpatient rehabilitation at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, Navarro was discharged to continue outpatient physical therapy. On July 19, nearly 40 days after his accident, Navarro returned to work.

During a press conference, Navarro will thank his doctors and nurses at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South. Hospital administrator and staff, Ryder System leaders, and political dignitaries will also attend the event. The ribbon-cutting event will also include the unveiling of a newly-designed family lounge.


9 a.m., Tuesday, September 17


Jackson South Medical Center
Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South Entrance
9333 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33157

Editor’s Note:
A Jackson PR representative will greet media at the entrance of the trauma center at 8:45 a.m.

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