Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Miller School Launches UHealth – the University of Miami Health System

03.25.2008

With celebratory events at the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Hospital, UM officially launched the University of Miami Health System, also known as UHealth, the new name covering South Florida’s only comprehensive network of university-based medical entities and a national brand that signifies the best in modern health care.

Today’s launch event at the University of Miami Hospital, and Tuesday’s at the Miller School, were held to officially introduce the UHealth brand to physicians and staff of the entire Health System. The 560-bed, all private-rooms hospital, acquired by the University in December, is the cornerstone of UHealth, the umbrella that also covers two other university hospitals, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute; three major affiliated institutions, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital and Miami VA Medical Center; as well as more than two dozen outpatient facilities.

“UHealth represents a new era in medical care for the citizens of South Florida, integrating an academic health delivery system that combines world-class clinical research, outstanding physicians and hospital services under one roof,” said William O’Neill, M.D., executive dean for clinical affairs who took time out to greet attendees at Monday’s event. “This is a major boost for health care in the community.”

Michele Chulick, associate vice president and director of hospital operations, who was on hand for today’s event, says UHealth is “the launch of an incredible opportunity.”

“It’s really a consolidation of superior health care services from outstanding providers in South Florida,” said Chulick. “We’re bringing all the incredible services University of Miami physicians can offer under one brand.”

At both events, hundreds of Miller School and UMH physicians, staff and medical students streamed through the “Welcome to UHealth Centers,” a tent pitched on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle at the medical school, and the hospital’s seminar center. The events featured food and gifts — T-shirts adorned with the UHealth logo for all employees.

The UHealth logo – emblazoned on the T-shirts, printed on posters and brochures, and shown on screen in a promotional video that premiered at the initial event – is composed of the ubiquitous orange and green “U” that has long represented the high standards of the University of Miami. The tagline, “There is only one U,” also appears on printed material and in the UHealth video, which features Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and several physicians and staff of the Health System.

Employees said they were elated about the launch of UHealth and the path it has prescribed for the Miller School to play an even greater role in the region’s health care.

“UHealth is a terrific innovation and it’s in keeping with the mission of the University of Miami to always be forward-thinking and on the cutting edge of new ways to extend excellent heath care to more people,” said researcher Deborah Jones, Ph.D., who attended the launch event with several of her Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences colleagues. “This is designed to allow more people to access health care from the University. This is a big, important step for UM.”

Janet George, a food services division employee at UMH, was all smiles as she posed for photos with colleagues in the seminar center. George is one of “the faces of UHealth,” staff and physicians who, along with Dean Goldschmidt, appear on UHealth promotional materials.

“I consider this a privilege,” George said. “The plan for UHealth is outstanding and I am glad to be part of it.”

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