Jackson Health will build an emergency medical center in Coral Gables


Wrote January 12, 2021
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Jackson Health will build an emergency medical center in Coral Gables

Work will begin in six months at a new emergency medical facility in Coral Gables that will serve Jackson Health System patients within the city and within five miles of it.

Miami-Dade commissioners voted unanimously for the project at its final full meeting in 2020, advancing in the latest expansion of the nonprofit public health system, which since 1918 has grown from a community hospital with 13 beds to a thousand networks.

The one-story building, referred to in the Miami-Dade documents as the Jackson Health Emergency Service in Galian, will be built on two plots owned by the county on the corner of Oviedo Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street, also known as Galiano Street.

The 10,170-square-foot facility will have dual functions, Miami-Dade Mayor Danielle Levine Cava said in a December 15 letter.

The larger emergency department will have eight examination rooms and an auxiliary room, two resuscitation rooms and computed tomography and radiological equipment. The building will also serve as a primary health care space for six exam rooms.

There will be 36 parking spaces outside, including two that comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some spaces in the future will be convertible for charging electric vehicles.

Materials attached to a previous letter from former county mayor Carlos Giménez show how architectural and design firm Gresham Smith and engineering design firm Kimley-Horn worked on the project.

The project is now in the design and development phase, but Jackson has already approved the schematic design and layout of the facility. Miami-Dade expects that the construction documentation will be final soon, and construction will begin in June and end in July 2022.

The approximately one-hectare property, which Ms. Levine Cava’s memorandum said was “donated” by Commissioner Rebecca Sosa, the sponsor of the approval. It is located in a zoned area for limited commercial and family housing.

“This is … going to be a wonderful place in an area where we have nothing,” Ms. Sosa said.

Most of the funding will come from the Jackson Miracle Bond program, “which includes work on all existing Jackson campuses and the creation of new facilities across Miami-Dade,” the memo said.

An additional $ 1 million will come from the county bond program to build better communities. In October, commissioners approved the allocation of funds to the project from a more than 16-year-old program, which includes an application for the development of “primary health care facilities”.

A map showing a radius of five miles of property shows that the facility will serve communities in Coral Gables, Miami, Westchester, West Miami, Virginia Gardens, Miami Springs and Medley.

In the next five years, the population in these areas is expected to increase by 45,000 people, an increase of 7.3%. The fastest growing segment, the letter said, will be residents aged 65 and older who will “require increased medical services” and “most treated patients [at and released from an emergency medical facility] originate from postal codes within a five-mile radius. “

The memorandum reads: “Depending on the size of the postcodes and population density, an area of ​​two to five miles can represent between 50% and 70% [patients] treated. “

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