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Miller School Begins New Era of Health Care with the Launch of the University of Miami Hospital

12.01.2007

Today marks a momentous occasion for the University of Miami and its Miller School of Medicine as the University takes ownership of the newly renamed University of Miami Hospital. Owning and operating a full-scale hospital is a first for the 55-year-old medical school.

The purchase of the 560-bed, single-room facility, the former Cedars Medical Center located just across Northwest 12th Avenue from the medical campus, exemplifies UM’s solid commitment to bring more university-based health care to Floridians and the international patients who seek the care of UM physicians.

“The creation of a university hospital environment enables us to provide the very best academic medical care to the people of South Florida and beyond,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “With this new flagship hospital, our top-ranked physicians will forge a new era in University of Miami-delivered care. This academic medical center will become a true medical destination.”

The University of Miami already had a strong, long-standing relationship with Cedars Medical Center as students and trainees rotated at the hospital in nearly a dozen specialties. Plans are now under way to build and expand Centers of Excellence in specialties ranging from cardiology and urology to orthopaedics and internal medicine at the new University of Miami Hospital.

“The type of very sophisticated, cutting-edge care we are planning can best be developed if we entirely control the delivery of care from the time a patient makes an appointment to the time the patient leaves the hospital,” said Goldschmidt. “At the same time, we will continue and strengthen our invaluable and highly successful affiliation with the Jackson Health System by expanding existing programs in such areas as acute cardiac and stroke care, pediatrics, obstetrics, organ transplant, and trauma, neurological and orthopaedic surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital.”

Indeed, UM faculty physicians also serve as the medical staff of Jackson Memorial, which is run by the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, and of the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Most physicians on the Cedars medical staff have already completed the credentialing process and are ready to begin practicing at the University of Miami Hospital. In addition, the nurses, technicians and other support personnel will become University of Miami employees.

“There is widespread excitement among the faculty and leadership of the Miller School of Medicine about this critically important step to building future excellence in medical care,” said William Donelan, vice president for medical administration and chief operating and strategy officer at the Miller School of Medicine. “We are extremely gratified that the same excitement and optimism about the future is being expressed by Cedars employees and physicians.”

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