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For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2016
Media Contact:
Lidia Amoretti


Miami, FL – Building on the success that has resulted in 19 of the Miracle Building Bond program contracts being awarded to small business enterprise (SBE) firms in Miami-Dade County, Jackson Health System’s Public Health Trust Board of Trustees (PHT) today approved an exciting mentor/protégé program that will provide local small businesses the opportunity to shadow expert construction-management firms and gain valuable healthcare experience. The protégés will be directly interwoven into the six major construction-management services contracts also approved earlier today by the PHT.

“By the time the contracts are completed, we believe these firms will be more qualified and have the experience required to win prime healthcare construction projects,” said Carlos A. Migoya, Jackson’s president and CEO. “They will be better-positioned to compete as prime contractors for high-value healthcare work at Jackson and other institutions well into the future.”

For many years, Jackson Health System has created opportunities for small business to compete. It is a cornerstone of the Miracle Building Bond program that, through March 2016, has seen half of the bond-funded contracts being awarded to firms registered as SBEs, representing nearly 80 percent of the total contract value, or $7.6 million.

The mentorship program, which is vitally important to investing in the workforce and economy of the county, is the result of consultations with numerous internal and external experts, including URS Corporation Southern, Jackson’s program manager for the capital plan, and James H. Lowry & Associates, a national firm focused on building capacity for historically underserved populations.

For each of those six main contracts at Jackson, the experienced construction-management firms have identified registered SBEs in Miami-Dade County who will serve as protégés. They will be intimately involved in every aspect of the scope and work, working directly alongside experienced project management teams.

Protégés will have opportunities to manage subcontractors, schedules, planning, and field operations, all under the supervision of a qualified healthcare construction mentor. The mentors will be required to develop mentorship plans that include clear goals and objectives covering crucial areas such as compliance reviews; interpreting drawings, plans, and specifications; preparing bids and proposals; establishing accounting and bookkeeping systems; establishing project management systems; establishing field supervision procedures; ensuring quality assurance procedures; procuring equipment and working capital; and creating procedures to obtain or expand bonding capacity and workforce.

These plans will be monitored during quarterly and annual performance reviews that include Jackson staff.

As with all of Jackson’s competitive solicitations, the proposers were responsible for identifying SBE partners. This process resulted in a demographically diverse group of protégé firms: four are woman-owned businesses, five are black-owned businesses, and one is a Hispanic-owned business. The solicitation process required that all protégés have valid general contractor licenses, at least two years of experience, and a valid certification from Miami-Dade County as a small business enterprise – construction (SBE-C) firm.  

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1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136