Miami-Dade County Commissioners on Dec. 15, 2020, unanimously approved a resolution, sponsored by acting chair Rebeca Sosa, to bring a freestanding emergency department and medical offices to her district near SW Eighth Street and Galiano Avenue in Coral Gables.
Additionally, the property and funding for the construction were secured thanks to the efforts of Commissioner Sosa.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of providing our residents with access to high-quality healthcare,” Sosa said. “Jackson Health System provides an incredible level of services, and I am so happy to finally have them in the district I represent. I want to thank all my colleagues for their support of this initiative that I know will greatly benefit the community for many more years to come. I can’t wait for this facility to open and begin serving the public.”
Commissioner Sosa’s legislation approves a project by the Public Health Trust to build and operate a freestanding emergency department and medical offices at a property located at 3737 SW Eighth Street, Coral Gables, FL 33134. The county secured the property in December 2018 for $8.4 million following a resolution from acting chair Sosa allocating $7.5 million of the purchase price from Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program No. 310 (approved by the voters in 2004) and the balance from the Jackson Miracle-Building Bond Program and Jackson Health System capital contributions. Likewise, in October of this year, Sosa sponsored $1 million towards the construction of the project from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond (Bond) Program No. 305 (also approved by the voters in 2004).
The proposed emergency department will consist of a CT Scanner and Radiology/Fluoroscopy, two resuscitation rooms, eight exam rooms, and support spaces.
The medical offices will have six exam rooms and support spaces where primary care, cardiology, gastroenterology, and orthopedic services will be provided.