Peruse a list of the top 30 universities in the United States, and you’ll see two commonalities: nearly all have a medical school and nearly all own a hospital. Now the University of Miami does too. On December 1 UM purchased Cedars Medical Center and renamed it the University of Miami Hospital.
“For a medical school—in particular the Miller School of Medicine—that wants to be in the top-30 group, this is a great opportunity to own our own hospital and develop services that are totally unique in the region and serve patients in a way that no other hospital could deliver,” says Pascal J. Goldschmidt, senior vice president of medical affairs and dean of the Miller School of Medicine. “The type of very sophisticated, cutting-edge care that we are planning to develop at the University of Miami Hospital can be developed only if we control the entire delivery of care, from the time a patient makes an appointment to the time the patient leaves the hospital to the follow-up.”
The 560-bed University of Miami Hospital (UMH) is the cornerstone of the University of Miami Health System, branded as UHealth. The hospital is located in the Miami Health District, across the street from the Miller School campus and near Jackson Memorial Hospital, where UM faculty-physicians and students have been caring for patients for more than a half century. UM physicians and students also provide care at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the same vicinity.
Miller School physicians will continue to staff Jackson Memorial Hospital, but some programs will be expanded at UMH. These include general surgery, cardiology, urology, orthopaedics, and gynecology. Jackson Memorial Hospital will house other disciplines, such as pediatrics, solid organ transplant, trauma, maternal and fetal health, neurosurgery, and acute stroke and myocardial infarction. With the only level 1 burn center in South Florida, patients needing this specialized care will continue to come to Jackson and be seen by UM physicians. One of the biggest areas of growth at Jackson will be child health. Plans include a new pediatric ambulatory care center and a new tower to expand the Holtz Children’s Hospital. Diversifying its expertise between these two facilities will enable the Miller School to grow its research programs and improve the quality of patient care and medical education.
“Inpatient clinical activities typically happen in three types of institutions in the United States: private hospitals, Veterans Affairs medical centers, and public hospitals like Jackson Memorial Hospital,” Goldschmidt says. “Now we can provide our students with all three of these opportunities.”
UMH will undergo a series of renovations. The structure of the attending staff is a mixed model consisting of community physicians as well as UM clinical, tenure-track, and voluntary faculty.