Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital
Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, July 2016
LocationMiami, Health District, 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 1 Trauma center
ListsHospitals in Florida

Jackson Memorial Hospital (also known as "Jackson" or abbreviated "MJMH") is a non-profit, tertiary care hospital, the primary teaching hospital of the University of Miami's School of Medicine, and the largest hospital in the United States with 1,547 beds.[2]

The hospital is located in Miami's Health District at 1611 NW 12th Avenue at the Northwest quadrant of Interstate 95 and the Dolphin East-West Expressway, two of metropolitan Miami's most heavily trafficked highways. The hospital is accessible by Miami Metrorail's rapid transit system at the Civic Center Station stop at 1501 Northwest 12th Avenue in Miami.

Jackson Memorial Hospital is the center of a thriving medical campus in Miami's Health District that includes Miami's Veterans Administration Medical Center, the University of Miami Hospital (formerly Cedars of Lebanon Medical Center), and the University of Miami's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine with its vast research affiliates, laboratories, and institutes, including the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (the nation's top-rated ophthalmology hospital[3]), the Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, the Diabetes Research Foundation, the National Parkinson's Foundation, and the University of Miami's Project to Cure Paralysis.

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.[4] It is the only hospital in Florida to perform every kind of organ transplant for both adult and pediatric patients,[5]

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

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. 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.[6]

Denial of partner access

Main article: Janice Langbehn

In 2007,[7] Jackson denied a lesbian, Janice Langbehn, access to her partner of 17 years as she was dying of an aneurysm.[8] 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.[9]

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."[10] The presiding judge, Adalberto Jordan, dismissed the case, stating that Langbehn had no relief under Florida law.[9][11] Jordan found that Langbehn had not been "denied the right to make any medical decision on behalf of" her partner.[9]

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.[7][12]

Other notability


  1. ^ "100 of the largest hospitals and health systems in America," Becker's Hospital Review, July 2010
  2. ^ "100 of the largest hospitals and health systems in America," Becker's Hospital Review, July 2010
  3. ^ "Ophthalmology" at "Best Hospitals," U.S. News & World Report]
  4. ^ "In Record-Setting Year, Miami Organ Transplant Hub Performed Most Transplants in US". Miami Herald.
  5. ^ "Build Advanced - OPTN".
  6. ^ "Holtz Children's Hospital Ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report". Jackson Memorial Medical Center. June 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  7. ^ a b Sheryl Gay Stolberg (April 15, 2010). "Obama Widens Medical Rights for Same-Sex Partners". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  8. ^ "Lacey woman helped inspire Obama's new visitation rule". KOMO-TV. 16 April 2010. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Fellow, Avery (12 October 2009). "Judge Says Hospital Can Deny Lesbian Visitation". Courthouse News Service. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey (April 16, 2010). "Obama orders most hospitals to grant gays visitation rights". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  13. ^ "Triage during the McDuffie Riots".
  14. ^ Staff Reports. "MOTORCYCLIST DIES AT SHOW".
  15. ^ "The-accidental-hero.HTML: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2012-01-10.
  16. ^ "Sean Kingston 'stable' after jet ski crash", The Guardian, May 31, 2011
  17. ^ "Teen recovering after speared through brain". Associated Press.
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