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For Immediate Release:
May 03, 2016
Media Contact:
Lidia Amoretti


Miami, FL – Residents of South Miami-Dade County will be safer thanks to the approval of a provisional Level II trauma center at Jackson South Community Hospital. The new Level II center will open Wednesday, May 4.

The Jackson South Level II Trauma Center will stand on its own as a full-service, around-the-clock trauma center. But unlike other Level II trauma centers, it will also have immediate and always-on access to the cutting-edge resources of Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial.

“For more than two decades, Jackson has been synonymous with providing unmatched trauma care – and now we are expanding our footprint into south Miami-Dade, an area that has seen tremendous growth,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “More lives will undoubtedly be saved because of the new trauma center at Jackson South.”

The new trauma center’s medical staff will be led by expert trauma surgeons from UHealth – The University of Miami Health System, and will also include a number of proven physicians from the South Florida community. The new trauma center’s medical director, UHealth trauma surgeon Enrique Ginzburg, is a veteran leader from Ryder Trauma Center.

When Ryder opened its doors in 1992, it became one of the only stand-alone trauma centers in the nation. Last year, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Ryder as the only Level I trauma center in Miami-Dade County, and one of just two in Florida. Ryder has become the designated facility to treat the President of the United States, if necessary, as well as the home of the United States Army Trauma Training Center, where Army Forward Surgical Teams train and prepare to provide care to those injured on the battlefield.

UHealth trauma surgeons, including other Ryder Trauma veterans, will work alongside community physicians and Jackson South nurses and caregivers, who have been specially trained by the Ryder Trauma staff. The entire team is dedicated to providing care to patients who need lifesaving care, including those injured in motor vehicle crashes, gun violence, burns, and falls.

The dedicated trauma bays will be housed inside of Jackson South’s renovated emergency room and will be accessible to fire rescue crews by ground transportation, as well as air rescue landing on the helipad atop the ER. The Jackson South trauma center is located at 9333 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33157.

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