Miami, FL – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners voted on Tuesday in support of a measure to call a special election in November asking voters – Jackson Health System’s taxpayer owners – to approve new bonds for much-needed modernization, upgrades and renovations to Jackson facilities.
The 10-year program would allow Jackson to spend $830 million on improvements to our operating rooms and emergency departments; renovations of nearly every inpatient unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jackson North Medical Center and Jackson South Community Hospital; huge amounts of deferred work to infrastructure systems like elevators and air handlers; and an estimated $300 million in new medical equipment and other technologies. The plan also includes construction of new Jackson facilities including a completely new rehabilitation hospital on the Jackson Memorial campus, a children’s ambulatory center away from the Civic Center area and as many as 10 urgent care centers that will make Jackson more accessible throughout the county for day-to-day medical needs.
Over the past two years, Jackson has made a dramatic financial turnaround, with the health system expected to have a $35 million surplus at the end of this fiscal year. But that alone is not enough to help Jackson grow and make long overdue repairs to its aged infrastructure.
Jackson Health System CEO Carlos A. Migoya, along with Public Health Trust Chairman Darryl K. Sharpton and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, joined forces Tuesday before the commission rallying in support of the November election. Migoya thanked the commissioners for their support in providing health care for the people of Miami-Dade County and taking this first step to preserve our community jewel.
“This is the first major step in allowing our community to invest in the future of its public health system,” Migoya said. “Jackson has a reputation for delivering medical excellence, now we must make it more attractive, more accessible and more competitive so that it can continue to thrive for the next generation.”
The campaign will not be supported by public, taxpayer funds. Civic leaders across the community will put their voices and finances behind this plan to continue Jackson’s transformation. The countywide special election is scheduled for November 5, 2013.