UHealth and Jackson Open Urgent Care Center

First of six to provide medical care across Miami-Dade County

The University of Miami Health System and Jackson Health System ushered in a new chapter in their decades-long health care collaboration, opening the UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center, a new facility in Country Walk in southwest Miami-Dade. The center, located in a shopping center at 13707 S.W. 152nd Street, just west of Zoo Miami, is the first of what will be six UHealth Jackson Urgent Care centers conveniently located throughout Miami-Dade County.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the center September 19, UHealth Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer Thinh Tran, M.D., M.B.A., said the opening heralds a new era in the UHealth Jackson partnership. “UHealth is proud and committed to working with Jackson to bring our excellence in health care to more people in our community.”

The urgent care facilities offer patients an option between traditional doctor appointments and emergency room care and have been strategically placed in locations that are underserved by urgent care facilities or overburdened with a high population. Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health System, said the new facilities demonstrate “our mission of building the health of the community by providing high-quality care in additional locations.”

All of the UHealth Jackson Urgent Care centers will be under the medical direction of Alberto Jacir, M.D., M.B.A., assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, specially recruited to take on this initiative.

“UHealth and Jackson have demonstrated a commitment to bringing academic medical care further into the community,” said Jacir. “No one plans when they’re going to get sick. These urgent care centers will be uniquely positioned in the neighborhoods where they’re needed most. Our strategy has its roots in providing access to the two most influential health care systems in the region under a consumer-based model, focusing on convenience, service and medical excellence.”

Besides the Country Walk site, five more locations are in development and scheduled to open over the next year:

• Arch Creek in North Miami – 13120 Biscayne Boulevard (opening tentatively fall 2016)
• South Beach – 615 Fifth Street (opening tentatively early 2017)
• Cutler Bay – 18910 South Dixie Highway (opening tentatively early 2017)
• North Dade Health Center – 16555 N.W. 25th Avenue (opening tentatively summer 2017)
• Doral – 7400 Northwest 104th Avenue (opening tentatively summer 2017)

Each of the facilities will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will serve patients with illnesses such as the flu, a fever, vomiting, earaches, simple bone fractures, rashes and minor allergic reactions. Echocardiograms and digital x-rays can be performed and staff can conduct lab tests such as blood glucose, urinalysis and strep throat cultures. Patients can also receive sports physicals and flu vaccines.

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