Civic Center (Miami)
|Neighborhood of Miami|
|Midtown Interchange foreground and Miami International Airport right-background|
|Nickname(s): Health District|
|• City of Miami Commissioner||Richard Dunn|
|• Miami-Dade Commissioners||Audrey Edmonson|
|• House of Representatives||Cynthia Stafford (D)|
|• State Senate||Larcenia Bullard (D)|
|• U.S. House||Frederica Wilson (D)|
|• Density||5,565/sq mi (2,149/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-05)|
|Area code(s)||305, 786|
Civic Center (also known as the Health District) is a neighborhood in the city of Miami, Florida USA. The Civic Center is bound roughly by Northwest 20th Street and 14th Avenue to the northwest, the Dolphin Expressway and the Miami River to the south and west, and the Midtown Interchange and I-95 to the east.
The Civic Center has the country's largest concentration of medical and research facilities after Houston. The neighborhood is composed primarily of hospitals, research institutes, clinics and government offices, and is the center of Miami's growing biotechnology and medical research industry. The Civic Center is the home of the University of Miami (UM) Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the UM Life Science and Technology Park. Civic Center is approximately five minutes north of Downtown Miami via rapid transit on the Miami Metrorail.
The neighborhood has its roots as a health district with the opening of Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1915, with some of the original buildings, such as "The Alamo" still standing. Today, the Alamo serves an era museum of Jackson's history throughout the years. Jackson Memorial Hospital is the major public hospital of Miami, and Jackson's hospital in the Civic Center is the health system's primary hospital.
Hospitals and research institutes
The Civic Center is the center of Miami's medical, research and biotechnology industries, and as such is home to many of the city's largest hospital systems. The largest is the public hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, which also has two branch hospitals in northern and southern Miami-Dade County. Jackson has affiliations as teaching hospitals with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since 1952 and more recently with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Other hospitals include: Miami VA Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital (formerly Cedars Medical Center), and Holtz Children's Hospital.
- Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
- UM Cytogenetic Lab
- University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
- Miami Dade College Medical Campus
- Batchelor Children's Research Institute
- Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute
- Center on Aging
- Diabetes Research Institute
- Dr John T MacDonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics
- Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine
- Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education
- UM Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute
- Mailman Center for Child Development
- Miami Institute for Human Genomics
- Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
- Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Vascular Biology Institute
- William Lehman Injury Research Institute
Civic Center Station connects directly to all the major hospitals and research centers in the Civic Center, and connects the Civic Center to Downtown Miami, Dadeland, and Hialeah, as well as to Miami's commuter rail system, Tri-Rail. In March 2012, the new Miami Trolley system inaugurated its first route which passes through the Civic Center on its way to the new Marlins Ballpark.
Colleges and universities
- University of Miami – Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, founded in 1952
- Miami Dade College – Medical Center Campus, opened in 1977
- Florida International University – Wertheim College of Medicine (teaching hospital at Jackson), opened in 2006
Historic Civic Center