UHealth, the University of Miami Health System, unveiled a new name for its planned outpatient medical center in Coral Gables, thanks to a $50 million donation from a familiar source: Lennar, the mega-homebuilder based in South Miami-Dade and led by Stuart Miller, chairman of the UM board of trustees and scion of a South Florida family that has given generously to the university in the past.
The Lennar Foundation, a charitable arm of Lennar Corporation, announced the naming gift during a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday for the 200,000-square-foot facility, which is scheduled for completion in fall of 2016.
To be named the Lennar Foundation Medical Center, the facility will be the “flagship” of outpatient care for UHealth’s network of a dozen-plus ambulatory clinics across South Florida, said Pascal Goldschmidt, a cardiologist and dean of UM’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine — named for the late co-founder of Lennar.
“What Lennar and the Miller family have always been very keen about,” Goldschmidt said, “is to provide a great life to their fellow humans.”
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When completed, the medical facility will house satellite offices for some of UHealth’s best-known “brands,’’ including Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as a number of medical specialists.
As overnight patient admissions continue to decline at hospitals across South Florida and the nation, Goldschmidt said, UHealth envisions its outpatient center as “the facility of the future, where we can treat pretty much any condition as outpatient ... with the most advanced technology, including non-invasive surgery, robotic surgery, and the types of things that always in the past would have happened in the hospital.”
The Lennar Foundation’s gift, Goldschmidt said, will allow UHealth to provide educational opportunities for students and more medical care for the community by reducing debt on the estimated $140 million cost of construction and build out with medical equipment and other infrastructure.
“That gift,’’ he said, “is really critical to allow us to deliver the full academic medicine-level of care to the region.’’