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Gift of $50 Million to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

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Gift of $50 Million to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver breakthrough health care to South Florida starting in 2016.

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When it opens in 2016, the Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver premier services of the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 23, 2014) — The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest builders of quality homes, has given a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth at Coral Gables ambulatory center. A ceremonial groundbreaking event for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center took place Thursday afternoon.

To be located on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus, this 200,000-square-foot outpatient center will provide easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians for surrounding communities as well as UM students, faculty, and staff. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. Read the full story

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Aetna Insurance Plans Now Cover Lung Cancer Screenings for High-Risk Individuals

Lung cancer screenings are now a covered service under Aetna Health Plans, allowing UM employees and their dependents who are at high risk for lung cancer to take advantage of this new approach for diagnosing the deadliest of all cancers.

Lung cancer does not show any symptoms until its late stage and, as a result, kills more people than breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer combined. But here’s the good news: The 2011 National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated that screening high-risk individuals with a series of low-dose CT scans over time can detect the disease in its early stages, allowing treatment to ensue and decreasing mortality by 20 percent.

As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends lung cancer screening, which is not a single test, but a series of tests performed over time, for high-risk individuals. High-risk candidates are:

  • People between 55 to 80 years of age who have smoked 30 or more packs of cigarettes a year
  • Current and former smokers who have quit during the past 15 years

The screenings are 100 percent covered by UM Aetna Health Plans for those who meet the USPSTF criteria. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Marie Charles, the coordinator of the lung cancer screening program, at 305-243-9069 or mcharles4@med.miami.edu.




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Join the UHealth Team at the 2014 Miami-Dade Heart Walk

This year’s Heart Walk takes place on Saturday, November 1, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The fun-filled day starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is available at www.miamidadeheartwalk.org. Be sure to select UHealth under the “Join a Team” field when registering. Choose from an existing UHealth team or create your own UHealth department team.

Participants will receive a free UHealth Heart Aware health assessment, and can enjoy breakfast and lunch, music, dancing and more. Kids can enter costume- and pumpkin-decorating contests, and the event is dog-friendly.

UHealth participants who register for the Heart Walk will get a free UHealth dry-fit T-shirt. T-shirt distribution will take place on Tuesday, October 28, through Thursday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, on the 9th floor of the Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th Street.


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Aetna Medical Plan Provider, VitalMD, to End Contract Effective November 15

VitalMD is a large physician practice in Florida consisting primarily of ob-gyn providers.  The University recently learned that, after several months of contract negotiations, the contract between VitalMD and Aetna will terminate on November 15, 2014. Negotiations, however, are still ongoing and the University has expressed to Aetna its earnest desire to retain VitalMD within the Aetna network.

If you are currently pregnant or are receiving medical treatment for a serious medical condition from a VitalMD physician, you may apply for Transition of Coverage from Aetna.  If approved by Aetna, this may enable you to continue your current treatment with your VitalMD physician despite termination of the contract.

Aetna members will receive letters regarding the upcoming contract termination.  Please note that a small number of letters were sent in error related to physicians who are not directly employed by VitalMD, and correction letters were sent out immediately following confirming that those providers will remain in the Aetna network.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact HR Benefits by completing the online inquiry form atbmiami.edu/benefits/ask.

To schedule an appointment with a UHealth physician, call UHealth Connect, the UM employee-dedicated appointment line, at 305-243-CARE (2273).

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Dickinson Drive Construction Begins for UHealth at Coral Gables


Dickinson Drive Construction Begins for UHealth at Coral Gables

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 30, 2014) —Road construction is set to begin this week for UHealth at Coral Gables, the ambulatory care center that will bring UHealth, University of Miami Health System’s leading physicians and specialty services to the Gables campus, specifically at the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and a repositioned Dickinson Drive.

To make way for the new medical center, the southern end of Dickinson Drive will be moved 100 feet to the north, into the western portion of the Serpentine parking lot in front of the BankUnited Center. The western portion of that lot is now closed. The western portion of Walsh Avenue that runs in front of the BankUnited Center also will close from Dauer Drive to Dickinson Drive, but just temporarily. Yet, other than a green fence around the construction zone and a new pedestrian walkway, which will be delineated by barricades, motorists on Dickinson Drive and visitors to the BankUnited Center will not notice any difference, or inconvenience.

Dickinson Drive will never close and the one-way segment of Dickinson that ran in front of the School of Architecture already has been converted to a two-way street, providing motorists a convenient east-west corridor across campus.

While some yellow zone parking spaces in the Serpentine lot have been eliminated, there are sufficient yellow zone parking spaces available in the area on a daily basis to accommodate everyone who holds a permit.

Construction on Dickinson Drive is expected to be completed this fall, while construction on the new UHealth at Coral Gables facility is scheduled for completion in 2016. Designed by architects Perkins+Will, the 200,000-square-foot center will be just a short walk from the University Metrorail station, providing students, faculty, staff, and residents of surrounding communities easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians.

For more information on UHealth at Coral Gables, visit www.uhealthsystem.com/locations/coralgables.

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