UHealth’s First Fair on Gables Campus Attracts a Big Crowd

About a thousand people streamed into the University of Miami’s Herbert Wellness Center last week not to pump iron or take a Pilates class in the three-story facility, but to learn about the clinical services the Miller School offers and to hear physicians discuss treatments for diabetes, heart disease and other ailments.

It was all part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System’s first health fair on the Coral Gables campus. Staffers from more than 40 clinical departments and divisions set up tables on the Wellness Center’s first-floor Centre Court, answering questions and passing out brochures during the four-hour fair aimed at “getting the word out and letting Gables campus employees and students know what we offer,” said UHealth Director of Marketing Christy Garcia.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Department of Surgery’s Division of Laparoendoscopic & Bariatric Surgery, the Department of Pediatrics, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and University of Miami Hospital all had representatives at the fair, as did Sylvester’s satellite office in Kendall and UHealth’s Hialeah clinical site.

Benefits Administration experts also were on hand, and advised employees how to use their health insurance to lower their co-pays. With influenza season under way, some employees lined up for free vaccinations, while others took online risk assessments for heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

Melissa Tracy, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine and medical director of cardiac rehabilitation, led a Q&A session on heart health. Reshma Mahtani, D.O., assistant professor of clinical medicine, discussed cancer prevention, and other physicians conducted sessions on colon health, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Gables campus employees were particularly excited to learn about the proposed 206,000-square-foot UHealth at Coral Gables facility, a state-of-the-art ambulatory center and surgery center that will feature 119 examination rooms and offer such services as radiation oncology, urgent care, pediatrics, MRI and CT scans. The facility could break ground in early 2012 with a projected December 2013 completion. “It’ll be right in their backyard,” Garcia said.

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