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Jackson Health to open urgent care centers in South Beach, Cutler Bay

Jackson Health System, Miami-Dade’s taxpayer-supported hospital network, announced plans on Monday to open urgent care centers in South Beach and Cutler Bay.
Jackson Health System, Miami-Dade’s taxpayer-supported hospital network, announced plans on Monday to open urgent care centers in South Beach and Cutler Bay. el Nuevo Herald

Fulfilling a public pledge to extend the reach of Miami-Dade’s taxpayer-supported hospital network into new areas of the county, Jackson Health System officials on Tuesday announced plans to open urgent care centers in South Beach and Cutler Bay next year.

The two urgent care centers will be in addition to two others previously announced for North Miami and Country Walk. Jackson also has proposed a medical complex in Doral that will include a stand-alone emergency room, pediatric pavilion, physician offices and a 100-bed hospital.

The South Beach center will be located on Fifth Street between Euclid and Washington Avenues — and joins a growing number of medical facilities already there or planned for the near future, including Medigo Urgent Care on Alton Road and 13th Street, MinuteClinic inside the CVS on Lincoln Road and a new facility proposed by Baptist Health South Florida for Alton Road and Seventh Street.

The Cutler Bay location at 18910 South Dixie Highway will mark Jackson’s southernmost outpatient facility in Miami-Dade.

Both sites will be leased, though Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya did not disclose the financial details of the agreements in a memo to Miami-Dade commissioners announcing the site selections. Migoya noted that “we have negotiated competitive leases” for the two centers.

The two new sites still require approval from Public Health Trust that governs Jackson, set to meet Aug. 31. If approved, the centers would open in about 12 months, according to Migoya’s memo. Lease expenses would be funded from Jackson’s operating budget. Construction and improvements will be funded through the so-called Miracle Bond Program, which includes about $830 million in taxpayer funds approved by county voters in November 2013.

Migoya reported in the memo that initial projections for each site are “substantially lower” than the estimated $8.3 million budgeted for the two urgent care centers.

The centers will have extended hours and walk-in care, but Migoya declined to divulge other operational plans “in order to maintain a competitive advantage.”

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