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For Immediate Release:
August 02, 2017
Media Contact:
Lidia Amoretti


Grateful Patients Return to Ryder Trauma Center to Thank their Medical Team

Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO, Jackson Health System
Thinh Tran, MD, chief clinical officer & chief operating officer, UHealth
Edward Abraham, MD, dean, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Keith Tribble, CEO, Jackson Health Foundation
Karen Jones, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, Ryder System
Nicholas Namias, MD, medical director, Ryder Trauma Center
Martha Baker, RN, president, SEIU Local 1991
Carlos Rosario, FHP trooper, saved at Ryder Trauma Center
Maty Hallcroft, patient, saved at Ryder Trauma Center
Daisy Baez, state representative, District 114
Tomas Regalado, mayor, City of Miami
Carlos Giménez, mayor, Miami-Dade County


Ryder Trauma Center, a prestigious level I adult and pediatric trauma center, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of saving countless lives – people with devastating injuries after motor vehicle crashes, burns, gun violence and other traumas. Ryder Trauma Center treats an average of 4,000 patients a year, making it one of the busiest trauma centers in South Florida.

On August 3, 1992, Ryder Trauma Center opened just weeks before Hurricane Andrew devastated South Miami-Dade County. Ryder Trauma – the designated South Florida facility to treat the President of the United States and other dignitaries, if necessary – has a rooftop helipad that can withstand the weight of a 20,000-pound Blackhawk helicopter. The helipad’s capability played a critical role after Hurricane Andrew since those who were critically injured were airlifted to Jackson on board Blackhawks.

In October 2001, the U.S. Army selected Ryder Trauma as its only national Army Trauma Training Center in order to enhance the clinical skills and experience of its Forward Surgical Teams before being deployed for combat. In the past 16 years, Ryder Trauma has trained more than 170 teams.

To honor the contributions that Ryder Trauma Center has made to South Florida and beyond, survivors are returning on the 25th anniversary to give thanks to the medical teams that saved their lives. During a news conference, we will also honor the life-saving skills of the Ryder Trauma team, as well as the ongoing support provided by the trauma center’s founding benefactor, Ryder System.

Patient stories:

On March 17, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Carlos Rosario, was taking part in a speed enforcement detail on the Dolphin Expressway when a driver lost control, hit Rosario’s car, which then struck him. Rosario was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center, clinging to life. Trooper Rosario underwent a series of surgeries, and spent several weeks in the intensive care unit at Ryder Trauma. He also received in-patient rehabilitation therapy at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital. He was discharged two months later.

On February 22, Maty Hallcroft was crossing a street in Coral Gables, when a driver plowed into her. She was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where the medical team discovered she had a subdural hematoma, a buildup of blood on the surface of the brain, and an intracerebral hematoma, bruising of the brain caused by a head injury. The life-threatening condition required immediate surgical intervention. Doctors opened the dura, or skin that covers the brain, and drained a blood clot. The surgeon then performed a decompressed craniectomy, a surgery to remove a piece of the skull to reduce swelling in the brain. Hallcroft spent a few weeks in the neuroscience intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and received physical and speech therapy at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital. Just a month ago, Hallcroft underwent a cranioplasty, in which the missing piece of skull was replaced with her original bone that was removed and stored in a bone bank.

When: August 02, 2017

Ryder Trauma Center
ICU Waiting Room, 2nd Floor
1800 N.W. 10th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can park in the media parking lot or if parking in the lot is not available, on the grass outside of Ryder Trauma Center.

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