Miami-Dade County

Jackson petitions Health Department to reverse decision for Aventura Hospital trauma unit

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. MIAMI HERALD

Jackson Health System is seeking to reverse the Florida Department of Health’s approval for a trauma unit at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, following the department’s denial of Jackson’s application for a trauma unit in South Miami-Dade last month.

In a petition to the department, Jackson claims that the DOH “ignored its legislative mandates and acted arbitrarily and capriciously” when it chose to grant Aventura Hospital a trauma unit without considering the consequences to nearby trauma units — including Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Earlier this week, Jackson also petitioned the DOH to reconsider its application for a trauma unit at Jackson South Community Hospital.

In Wednesday’s petition, Jackson contends that Aventura Hospital would siphon patients from Broward County who currently go to Memorial Regional Hospital’s trauma unit, and from Ryder, which it says would lose 670 trauma patients in 2016 as a result.

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