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For Immediate Release:
March 17, 2015
Media Contact:
Jennifer Piedra
Jennifer.Piedra@jhsmiami.org
786-525-9078

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM'S PURCHASE OF LAND IN WEST MIAMI-DADE TO BUILD OUTPATIENT FACILITY

27-acre "Jackson West" site will house adult and pediatric emergency rooms, children's specialty care, and more

Miami, FL – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously today in support of Jackson Health System’s plan to purchase of 27-acres of land in west Miami-Dade and build “Jackson West,” an outpatient campus for adult and pediatric patients.

“This is a historic day for Jackson and for the residents of Miami-Dade County,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “The county commission’s support is the last step we needed to expand Jackson’s world-class medical care into one Miami-Dade’s fastest-growing commercial and residential areas – and area that is currently a healthcare desert.”

Jackson will now move forward with the purchase of a 27-acre parcel of land, located just west of the Palmetto Expressway and north of Northwest 25th Street The real estate closing is anticipated to happen within the next 90 days, and will be followed by the design phase of the project. Construction is anticipated to take between 24 and 36 months.

Plans for the site, located in the City of Doral, include a free-standing emergency room/urgent care center for adults and children, as well as a children’s ambulatory center for specialized pediatric care. 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 plans were approved on February 27 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, is $38.5 million, below the average independent appraised price. Jackson will fund $15 million from the operating surpluses that the system has earned in recent years, while the remaining $23.5 million will be 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. Putting much-needed medical services within their reach is crucial to Jackson’s mission as a taxpayer-funded public health system.
 
“This is about making Jackson accessible to all of its taxpayer owners,” Migoya said. “Families in communities like Doral, Miami Springs, Sweetwater, Hialeah, and Westchester will finally have convenient access to the cutting-edge, innovative care Jackson is known for.”

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136