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Miami’s Public Hospital Is Once Again Halting Non-Urgent Surgeries Due To COVID Spike

Jul 1, 2020
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Slammed with a surge of COVID patients, Miami’s Jackson Health System announced on Tuesday it would be limiting non-emergency surgeries starting next week.

The decision, effective Monday, follows a two-week period in which the number of COVID patients at the public hospital network and in the ICUs has doubled, according to Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health’s CEO. As of Monday, the hospital system had about 265 COVID patients — roughly 80 of them in the ICU.

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Jackson Health System in Miami has started using telehealth to monitor patients in treatment for COVID-19. Florida's largest public health system wants to monitor many patients at once, while keeping staff safe.

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At least two children in South Florida are hospitalized for an inflammatory illness that health officials believe is connected to COVID-19.

The kids are being cared for at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Jackson Health System confirmed Tuesday morning.

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When drive-through COVID-19 testing was first offered in Broward County, one of the first was at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston. That was five weeks ago.



The 7-month-old son of a Miami-area ER nurse has tested positive for COVID-19 after he ran a low-grade fever.


First, Herine Baron panicked, cried and hoped her COVID-19 test would come back negative. Soon, though, the ER nurse at Jackson North Medical Center in Miami-Dade County was lying in a hospital bed with a positive diagnosis and an ice pack on her forehead to try and break her fever. Baron is chronicling her illness with COVID-19 in a series of YouTube videos that have gotten more than 130,000 views. 

In a press conference on Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami will be among the first hospitals in the state to receive new commercial test kits for COVID-19.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has fined Jackson Health System $2.15 million over three patient health information breaches, including missing boxes of paper records, an employee leaking information about an NFL player to an ESPN reporter and another employee stealing and selling other records.

Jackson Health waived its right to a hearing, paid the penalty and did not contest the findings of the investigation, which was conducted by agency’s Office of Civil Rights.

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Citing financial pressures and operating losses, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Jackson Health System — among Miami-Dade’s largest employers — are expected to announce layoffs and other cutbacks in the coming weeks.

In a memo to staff obtained by the Miami Herald, Nicklaus Children’s executives said they will eliminate pay raises this year for all employees, reduce pension contributions and limit new hires to workers who provide direct service to patients.

Nonprofit, Public Hospitals To Face Weak Cash Flow, Report Says

Jan 2, 2019

A Moody’s Investors Service report predicts nonprofit and public hospitals will face flat or declining cash flow this year.

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Part of Jackson Memorial Hospital was placed on lockdown for 2 1/2 hours Monday as Miami-Dade police investigated the second shooting threat at the hospital in a week.

As was the case Friday, the threat proved empty. Police continue to investigate who's making the threats.

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Brad Clorie drove three hours from Kissimmee, Florida to attend the 100th birthday celebration of Jackson Health System on Monday—and for good reason.

“I was the first African-African born at Jackson Memorial Hospital,” Clorie said. “It’s exciting. I’m honored.”

At an event in Jackson's Alamo Park, the community honored how much the hospital has grown since its inception in 1918. Back then, Jackson was called Miami City Hospital. It only had 13 beds and a handful of employees. Now, the hospital system employs 12,000 health-care professionals full-time.

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One of the joys of living in South Florida around this otherwise horrid time of year is mango season. It's the juicy, refreshing antidote to looming clouds and the perennial beads of sweat that appear on your forehead everytime you walk out the front door.

Jackson Plaza medical building
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This story has been updated.

Two state lawmakers visited the Jackson Plaza Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Miami Monday to lead a roundtable discussion about nursing homes needs in times of crisis. 


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University of Miami doctors have published a case study about the first locally transmitted case of Zika in the United States. The patient was a 23-year-old pregnant women whose symptoms included a fever, joint pain and a rash. Her baby tested negative for the virus.