Jackson Memorial Hospital

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Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital
Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, July 2016
LocationMiami, Florida, United States
Care systemPublic hospital
County-owned and operated
Affiliated universityUniversity of Miami
Florida International University
Ross University School of Medicine
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
ListsHospitals in Florida

Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital (also known as "Jackson" or abbreviated "MJMH") is a non-profit, tertiary care teaching hospital and the major teaching hospital of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine located in Miami, in the United States.

The hospital currently has approximately 1,550 licensed beds.[1] It is located in the Miami neighborhood of Civic Center at 1611 NW 12th Avenue in Miami at the Northwest quadrant of the intersection of I-95 and the Dolphin Expressway. The hospital is served by the Metrorail rapid transit system at the Civic Center Station stop at 1501 NW 12th Avenue in Miami.

The hospital is the center of a thriving medical center that includes the Miami VA Medical Center, the University of Miami Hospital (formerly Cedars of Lebanon Medical Center), and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with its numerous research affiliates and laboratories, including the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, the Diabetes Research Foundation, and the National Parkinson's Foundation. The Miami-Dade County Courthouse and Miami-Dade County Jail are within a few blocks of the hospital.

Jackson Memorial Hospital's Miami Transplant Institute is the largest transplant center in the U.S., performing more transplants in 2019 than any US center has ever performed in a single year.[2] It is the only hospital in Florida to perform every kind of organ transplant for both adult and pediatric patients,[3]

It is among the world's largest hospitals, currently the third largest public hospital and third largest teaching hospital in the United States. With more than 1,550 beds, it is a referral center, a magnet for research and home to the Ryder Trauma Center, the only Level 1 Adult and Pediatric trauma center in Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the seventh most populous county in the nation.

Jackson Memorial is the centerpiece of the Jackson Health System, owned and operated by Miami-Dade County through the Public Health Trust. The hospital is supported by Miami-Dade County residents through a half-cent sales tax. In fiscal 2014 the Public Health Trust received $364 million in unrestricted funds from Miami-Dade County. In 2013 Miami-Dade voters approved a separate $830 million bond program for major upgrades to the facility.

Rankings and awards[edit]

In 2015 Jackson Memorial Hospital received one star out of a possible best of five stars according to the Medicare.Gov Hospital Compare survey.[citation needed] In 2007, four University of Miami specialties[clarification needed] Jackson Memorial Hospital were ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute was ranked as the best Ophthalmologic center in the U.S. Jackson Memorial's Ear, Nose and Throat was ranked 17th, while the digestive disorders and kidney disease programs were ranked 32nd.[4] JMH is home to Holtz Children's Hospital, which has 254 licensed beds and cares for children—newborn to 21 years old—with everything from common ailments to multi-organ transplants. Holtz was ranked among the top hospitals in treating child kidney disorders.[5]

Denial of partner access[edit]

In 2007,[6] Jackson denied a lesbian, Janice Langbehn, access to her partner of 17 years as she was dying of an aneurysm.[7] Langbehn also claimed that Jackson refused to take medical information about her partner from Langbehn, and ignored a power of attorney sent via fax to the hospital's trauma center.[8]

A lawsuit was filed against the hospital as a result. Jackson stated that, "it has no obligation to allow their patients' visitors nor any obligation whatsoever to their patients’ families, healthcare surrogates, and visitors."[9] The presiding judge, Adalberto Jordan, dismissed the case, stating that Langbehn had no relief under Florida law.[8][10] Jordan found that Langbehn had not been "denied the right to make any medical decision on behalf of" her partner.[8]

Two days after Jackson's announcement, in part as a result of Langbehn's story, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum ordering hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding to allow patients to decide who can visit them and prohibit discrimination, including sexual orientation and gender identity.[6][11]

Other notability[edit]

  • Kazi Mobin-Uddin, MD (Inventor of first inferior vena cava filter) trained at Jackson Memorial.
  • Jackson Memorial was the site of the death of Arthur Macduffie after his beating at the hands of Dade County Public Safety Department officers following a motorcycle chase in December 1979. The eventual acquittal of officers involved in the beating in May 1980 sparked the Miami race riots, which filled Jackson with hundreds of trauma patients.[12]
  • While Bob Marley was flying home from Germany to Jamaica, his vital functions rapidly deteriorated due to already existing cancer. After landing in Miami, Florida, he was taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention. Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital) at the age of 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death. His final words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."
  • On February 8, 1997, professional motorcycle stunt rider Corey Scott was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital, after his motorcycle stunt went horribly wrong at the Orange Bowl stadium. The fatal accident was witnessed by a crowd of thousands and was all captured on camera.[13]
  • On July 15, 1997, fashion icon Gianni Versace was declared dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital, following a shooting in front of his Ocean Drive mansion, the Casa Casuarina, in Miami Beach.
  • The owner of two Subway franchises located inside Jackson Memorial Hospital came up with selling foot-long subs for a lower price at his two stores on the weekends in 2004, to help spur business. It eventually led to the Subway $5 footlong promotion, which was launched nationally in 2008 and became Subway's most successful promotion ever, influencing other businesses.[14]
  • On November 27, 2007, former University of Miami and Washington Redskins (Now Washington commanders) football star Sean Taylor was declared dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital, following a shooting of Taylor in his Miami-area home.
  • On 29 May 2011 the singer Sean Kingston was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital after being involved in a Jet Ski accident with a female passenger. He was discharged on the 24th of June.[15]
  • On June 7, 2012, 16-year-old Yasser Lopez made national news when he successfully underwent a delicate 3-hour neurosurgical operation to remove a spear that a speargun had fired into his skull when it was accidentally discharged during a fishing trip; 3 feet of the spear protruded from the wound above his eye socket, and that part had to be specially cut off so he could get a brain CT scan. Miraculously, no major blood vessels were harmed and the only impairments thus far are amnesia for the period during and around the event, which is somewhat normal, and some sluggishness in a hand.[16][17]
  • The hospital appeared in fictional form in the Jeffrey Archer short story, "Where There's a Will" published in And Thereby Hangs a Tale (2010).
  • On July 7, 2021, Martine Moïse, the former first lady of Haiti, was treated at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, following the assassination of the president.


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  6. ^ a b Sheryl Gay Stolberg (April 15, 2010). "Obama Widens Medical Rights for Same-Sex Partners". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  7. ^ "Lacey woman helped inspire Obama's new visitation rule". KOMO-TV. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
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  9. ^ "Court asked to reject bid to dismiss lesbian's case against Fla. hospital". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  10. ^ "Federal Court Dismisses Lambda Legal's Lawsuit Against Jackson Memorial Hospital on Behalf of Deceased Lesbian's Family". Lambda Legal Defense Fund. September 29, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  11. ^ Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey (April 16, 2010). "Obama orders most hospitals to grant gays visitation rights". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
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  13. ^ Staff Reports. "MOTORCYCLIST DIES AT SHOW". Sun-Sentinel.com.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2012-01-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  16. ^ "Teen recovering after speared through brain". TelegraphHerald.com. Associated Press.
  17. ^ "Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com". CNN.

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Coordinates: 25°47′29.49″N 80°12′45.27″W / 25.7915250°N 80.2125750°W / 25.7915250; -80.2125750