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Vote coming on Jackson South Medical Center expansion

Written by on June 4, 2019
Vote coming on Jackson South Medical Center expansion

Significant additions to Jackson South Medical Center will wait until June 20 for an OK, as Miami-Dade lawmakers Tuesday deferred a hearing and vote on plans to expand the Kendall facility.

Sponsor Daniella Levine Cava asked for the deferral.

Expansion would enlarge the hospital’s campus footprint from roughly 104,000 to more than 360,000 square feet by 2021.

Proposed additions include:

■A four-story, 37,300-square-foot acute care tower housing 100 beds, bringing total bed count to 354.

■A free-standing, five-story, 63,342-square-foot garage

■A two-story, 6,500-square-foot central energy plant.

Operating income from the Public Health Trust, the independent body that runs county-owned Jackson Health System, would fund the additions with no fiscal impact to the county, a memo from Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt said.

No information was given as to who will design or build the facilities.

Carlos Migoya, Public Health Trust CEO, will oversee expansion, which Mr. Osterholt said is in response to South Dade’s growing population.

Jackson held a meeting April 30 at Palmetto Golf Course to present and discuss the project. About 60 neighbors present “generally supported the expansion,” the memo said.

Between 2009 and 2011, Jackson South underwent a $102 million expansion including 72,000 square feet of renovated space and 182,000 square feet of new construction, a March 27 Public Health Trust memo said.

The medical center, which offers “a full range of medical services including orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, invasive cardiac and vascular services, obstetrics, stroke and trauma services,” further expanded in 2016 and 2017 to include a Level II Trauma Center and primary stroke center.

More recently, the center added 14 care beds, bringing its count to 264, and remodeled and upgraded its intensive care unit.