Local Obituaries

A force behind urgent care centers in Miami-Dade dies at 70

William Enright shows the artist’s rendering of South Miami Hospital’s $14 million expansion plan in 1998.
William Enright shows the artist’s rendering of South Miami Hospital’s $14 million expansion plan in 1998. Miami Herald File

William “Bill” Enright III, who spent 35 years with Baptist Health South Florida and presided over South Miami Hospital’s $14 million expansion, died June 8 in Miami.

The cause was liposarcoma, a rare cancer of the connective tissues, his daughter Sarah Brooker said. Enright was 70.

During the 1995 merger between South Miami Health System and Baptist Hospitals that formed Baptist Health South Florida, Enright secured leases and office space for the doctors. He was also in charge of securing land for the Baptist Health Urgent Care Centers that quickly spread across the county.

Enright never lost his eye for detail.

“My dad’s professional career began as an employee of Burdines at Dadeland Mall during his college years. He moved up in the store to manager of the men’s department. To this day, he still could not walk through a department store without straightening the ties on the shirts or tying them the ‘right’ way to highlight the shirt and tie combination,” said Brooker.

Born June 17, 1946, in Roselle Park, New Jersey, Enright moved to Coral Gables when his father, William Enright Jr., opened an Eastern Airlines office out of Miami in 1953. He graduated from Miami Palmetto High School in 1964 and earned his marketing degree from the University of Miami in 1968.

Enright joined South Miami Hospital in the early 1970s. The 1998 expansion he helped guide led to the 70,000-square-foot South Miami Medical Arts Building. Specialists, who previously visited the hospital, now had offices on site.

“We're not outgrowing our property. We're responding to what is going on in healthcare, locally and nationally,” Enright, a board member of Hands on Miami, told the Miami Herald in 1998.

“While my dad’s work was incredibly important to him, he still found time to attend every baseball and softball practice and game for my brother and me at Perrine Khoury League,” his daughter said. “He was a regular behind the concession stand and could be easily identified by anyone as a Kenny Rogers look-alike.”

Enright served as president of the Rotary Club of South Miami in 2008 as he retired from Baptist Health South Florida. He soon took an administrative role at the Medical Center of Ocean Reef in Key Largo for three years. He finally retired and assisted his wife, an officer with Miami-Dade police, with fundraising for the Police Benevolent Association. The couple created an oasis at his retirement property in the Redland.

“His favorite pastime was sitting on his covered porch with a beer in one hand and admiring his ‘pond,’ as he referred to this tremendous backyard addition,” his daughter said. “His Redland resort became a joyous place for his children and grandchildren to visit and bring their friends.”

Enright’s survivors include his wife Mary Ann Stahl Enright; his children Sarah, Will and Lisa; grandchildren Aaron, Nicholas, Thomas and Ryan; stepchildren TJ and Kaytee; and siblings Joe and Jimmy Enright, and Peggy Speed.

A tribute will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. June 30 at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn South, 11655 SW 117th Ave. in Kendall. A funeral Mass follows at 11 a.m. July 1 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary — Saint Richard Catholic Church, 7500 SW 152nd St., Palmetto Bay.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen