From UM News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 25, 2014) — The University of Miami Health System has announced plans for a 200,000-square-foot ambulatory center on the University’s Coral Gables campus that will provide students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians.
The UHealth at Coral Gables facility will deliver premier services of the Miller School of Medicine, including specialty care by the renowned Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, ranked the No. 1 eye hospital in the nation for the past 10 years. The facility also will include urgent care, outpatient surgery, men’s and women’s health, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, and other UHealth subspecialties.
“At UHealth we have been expanding our outreach steadily every year,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, senior vice president for Medical Affairs, dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth. “The goal is to bring the expertise of our outstanding Miller School physicians and researchers to more patients. Opening this facility gives our students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors in Coral Gables and surrounding areas easy access to UHealth’s exceptional care.”
The LEED-certified outpatient facility, designed by architecture firm Perkins+Will, will be located at 5550 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, a short walk from the University Metrorail station. An air-conditioned bridge will connect the center to an adjacent 1,000-space parking garage.
Groundbreaking will take place this summer, and the center is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016.
“This is good news for people in southern Miami-Dade County,” said Joe Natoli, UM’s senior vice president for Business and Finance and interim chief operating officer of the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth. “Statistics show that patients who are treated by physicians at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have better outcomes than at other facilities. Bascom Palmer physicians are widely recognized as the nation’s best. Accessing physicians who are on the cutting edge of clinical research is about to get much easier.”
Future plans include moving the UM Student Health Center from the academic core of the campus to the new UHealth Coral Gables facility. This will give students convenient access to all UM medical specialties.
As South Florida’s only university medical system, UHealth is a vital component of the community. The University of Miami Health System delivers leading-edge patient care by the region’s best doctors, powered by the groundbreaking research and medical education of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UHealth’s comprehensive network includes three hospitals and more than 30 outpatient facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Collier counties, with more than 1,500 physicians and scientists.
For more information on UHealth at Coral Gables, visit www.uhealthsystem.com/locations/coralgables.