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In 100 years, we’ve made a mark in history with some of the biggest medical breakthroughs and life-saving surgeries. And thanks to all members of our Jackson family, as well as our devoted community, we have achieved the unimaginable.

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Jun. 1918 | Jackson History

Miracle Founder – Dr James M Jackson Jr

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After the winter of 1895 destroyed Florida’s citrus crops, young Dr. James M. Jackson left his hometown of Bronson, Florida, to start a new job as the Florida East Coast Railroad Surgeon in the soon-to- be railroad station in Miami.

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Man and old car on June 25, 1918 during deadly influenza epidemic . This link opens the history page.

Jun. 1918 | Jackson History

New Miami City Hospital Opens in Midst of Influenza Epidemic

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On June 25, 1918, the new Miami City Hospital, spearheaded by physician Dr. James M. Jackson, opened its doors to the community in the midst of an influenza epidemic.

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Nov. 1919 | Jackson History

A Board of Trustees Is Established

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In November 1919, a year after Miami City Hospital opened, a nine-member volunteer Board of Trustees was appointed by the mayor of Miami.

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4 nurses on a car at the Miami City Hospital Training School in 1920 . This link opens the history page.

Dec. 1920 | Jackson History

Miami City Hospital Launches its Training School for Nurses

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In 1923, Ainah V. Royce, R.N helps open the fully accredited Miami City Hospital Training School For Nurses to help with overflow of patients.

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Dec. 1920 | Jackson History

The Growth of Miami’s Black Medical Community

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For more than a century, African Americans have played an integral part in Miami’s socio-political development.

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Apr. 1924 | Jackson History

Hospital Renamed after Dr. Jackson’s Death

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At a meeting on April 8, 1924, the Miami City Commission voted to change the name of the Miami City Hospital to The James M. Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Apr. 1925 | Jackson History

1925 Rotarian Tablet in Memory of Dr. Jackson

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A year after the death of Dr. James M. Jackson, fellow members of his Rotary Club Miami presented the hospital with an honorary plaque to commemorate his legacy.

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The aftermath of The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 in South Florida . This link opens the history page.

Sep. 1926 | Jackson History

“The Storm” Hits South Florida, Leaving Many Hurt

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The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, also known as “The Storm,” devastated South Florida from Miami to the Florida Keys.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking at political rally in Bayfront Park before assassination attempt . This link opens the history page.

Feb. 1933 | Jackson History

Presidential Assassination Attempt Puts Jackson in the National Spotlight

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In February 1933, a deranged man fired several bullets at President-elect Roosevelt, striking Chicago Mayor Cermak and four bystanders.

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Framed photo of Jackson's first Chief of Staff, Dr. Skaggs . This link opens the history page.

Apr. 1946 | Jackson History

Jackson’s First Chief of Staff, Dr. Skaggs, Dies

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In 1946, Jackson’s First Chief of Staff, Dr. Skaggs, died. He was a pioneer physician, treating minorities during a time of deep segregation.

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Jan. 1947 | Miracle Stories

A Young Black Nurse Shatters Healthcare Barriers

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In the summer of 1947, Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson returned home from nursing school, and wasted no time shattering racial healthcare barriers.

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Doctors at University of Miami School of Medicine in September 22, 1952 . This link opens the history page.

Sep. 1952 | Jackson History

University of Miami Opens School of Medicine

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In 1952, the University of Miami School of Medicine opened and welcomed its first class of 28 students -- 26 men and two women.

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Jan. 1955 | Medical Firsts

New Treatment for Cleft Lip Is Designed

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In 1955, UM/Jackson reconstructive surgeon Dr. D. Ralph Millard, Jr. designed rotation-advancement flap surgery to treat cleft lip.

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Herald article of burn victim Nathan Barkin at Jackson Memorial getting fire burn treatment, while brother Julius guards . This link opens the history page.

Nov. 1965 | Medical Firsts

Steamship Fire Leads to Burn Services and New Treatment

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On November 1965, a devastating fire onboard the SS Yarmouth Castle killed 90. Five of the surviving victims were flown to Jackson for treatment with silver nitrate.

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Riot after death of Arthur McDuffie in May 1980 . This link opens the history page.

May. 1970 | Jackson History

Victims of McDuffie Riots Flood Emergency Room

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In 1980, Jackson Memorial Hospital‘s emergency room was flooded with 200 patients injured during the McDuffie riots.

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Mother holding her newborn baby at Jackson Memorial’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 1973 | Jackson History

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Opens

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In 1973, Jackson’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) opened with seven tiny premature infants with incubators and adapted adult ventilators.

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Woman holding an open 24 hours daily sign at the first Rape Treatment Center in the U.S. . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 1974 | Jackson History

First Rape Treatment Center in U.S. Opens

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Named after women’s rights activist and Florida Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, Roxcy O'Neal Bolton, the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center opened at Jackson in 1974.

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Jan. 1976 | Jackson History

Jackson Evolves to Support the Immigrant Community

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The 1960s through the 1980s was a crucial period in Miami’s history. With an influx of immigrants from Latin America coming to South Florida, they shaped Jackson.

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Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Alamo, Miami’s oldest surviving hospital building . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 1979 | Jackson History

Jackson Employees Save the Alamo

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In the late 1970s, Jackson employees stopped the demolition of Miami’s oldest surviving hospital building.

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Dec. 1980 | Jackson History

Jackson Fights the AIDS Epidemic

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Physicians from all over the world wanted to learn about the research and HIV/AIDS educational programs that allowed Jackson to be at the forefront in the fight against AIDS .

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Jan. 1985 | Medical Firsts

New Treatment for HIV Proves Effective

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In 1985, UM/Jackson Drs. Margaret Fischl and Gordon Dickinson conducted the trial that proved the effectiveness of azidothymidine (AZT).

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1986 artwork presenting Miami pouch preparation to help patients without bladders . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 1986 | Medical Firsts

Bejany Develops Miami Pouch

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In 1986, a medical breakthrough, known as the Miami Pouch, helped women with bladder cancer enjoy a better quality of life.

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Dr. Hooshang Bolooki and first adult heart transplant survivor, Mark Frye . This link opens the history page.

Nov. 1986 | Jackson History

First Adult Heart Transplant

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On Thanksgiving Day in 1986, Mark Frye underwent heart transplant surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Feb. 1991 | Jackson History

First Pediatric Heart Transplant

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On February 17, 1991, Bruce Brown became Jackson’s first pediatric heart transplant patient at age 16.

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Ryder Trauma Center in Memorial Hospital grand opening thanks to donations in August 1992 . This link opens the history page.

Aug. 1992 | Miracle Stories

Ryder Trauma Center Opens Weeks before Hurricane Andrew Hits South Florida

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Thanks to charitable donation by the Ryder System Charitable Foundation, Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center opened its doors on August 1992 – weeks before Hurricane Andrew devastated South Miami-Dade County.

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Jackson surgeons in operation room performing Florida's first intestinal transplant . This link opens the history page.

Aug. 1994 | Medical Firsts

Florida’s First Intestinal Transplant

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In August 1994, 4-year- old Natasha Yousuf became the first person in the southeastern United States to receive an intestinal transplant.

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Jackson surgeon and patient with two hearts at Jackson Memorial Hospital . This link opens the history page.

Jun. 2002 | Medical Firsts

The Man with Two Hearts

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On June 6, 2002, Castelio Campos became the first person in Florida to have a donor heart implanted into his chest without removing his original heart.

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Miss Florida before near fatal crash . This link opens the history page.

Nov. 2003 | Miracle Stories

Miss Florida Saved After Near Fatal Car Crash

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After a truck swerved and toppled over onto the car Shauna Pender Vatrano was traveling in, paramedics turned to the Ryder Trauma Center team to save her life.

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Dr. and Si Pham and heart transplant survivor, Louis James Quarterman at conference . This link opens the history page.

Sep. 2006 | Medical Firsts

Man Lives Without Heart

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In 2006, during a 10-hour operation at Jackson, Dr. Pham removed a failing heart and connected a left and a right ventricular assist device (VAD) to the aorta.

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UM/Jackson physician Dr. Tomoaki Kato and patient that had six organs removed, Brooke Zepp . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 2007 | Jackson History

Six Organs Removed To Eliminate Tumor

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In 2007, surgeons successfully removed six organs to get to a tumor wrapped around Brooke Zepp’s aorta.

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Jan. 2008 | Medical Firsts

Treating Hypothermia from Within

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In 2008, UHealth/Jackson surgeons became the first in the world to use an internal warming method to prevent hypothermia during burn surgery.

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14-year-old D’Zhana Simmons sitting in a wheelchair, lived 118 days with an artificial heart . This link opens the history page.

Jul. 2008 | Medical Firsts

Child Lives Without Heart For 118 Days

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After her first heart transplant failed within a day, 14-year-old D’Zhana Simmons lived 118 days with a custom-built artificial heart.

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7-year-old Christina Katsouris, eye cancer survivor, with parents and sister . This link opens the history page.

Apr. 2009 | Miracle Stories

Innovative Procedure Helps Children with Eye Cancer

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In 2009, 7-year-old Christina Katsouris underwent an extremely rare, new surgery at Holtz Children’s Hospital to treat retinoblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that occurs in the retina of the eye.

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Nov. 2009 | Miracle Stories

Born at One Pound, One Ounce, Newborn Goes Home

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On November 6, 2009, Gabriella Mercedes Gil finally went home - eight months after being born at Holtz Children’s Hospital, weighing just one pound, one ounce.

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Oct. 2010 | Medical Firsts

Tennis-Ball-Sized Tumor Removed While Still in the Womb

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In 2010, a tennis-ball-sized tumor was removed while the patient was still in the womb.

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Feb. 2011 | Miracle Stories

Paralyzed Gymnast Walks Again After Hypothermia Treatment

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After fracturing and dislocating a vertebra in his neck, longtime gymnast Jorge Valdes’ chances of walking were slim. But a week after his fall, Jorge was discharged from Jackson Memorial Hospital – walking.

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Jackson Memorial Hospital heart transplant patient and professional golfer Erik Compton with golf club and equipment . This link opens the history page.

May. 2012 | Miracle Stories

Professional Golfer Receives Life-saving Heart Transplant

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In 2008, professional Golfer Erik Compton was preparing to qualify for the PGA Tour, when his transplanted heart started to fail.

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Five-month-old girl laying in medical bed after receiving lifesaving liver transplant . This link opens the history page.

May. 2012 | Miracle Stories

Five-month-Old Receives Life-Saving Liver Transplant

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In 2007, five-month-old Kara Ffrench and 46-year-old Victor Billingsley shared a donor liver in simultaneous surgeries hundreds of miles apart.

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Jackson physicians being interviewed after treating Ronald Poppo, the homeless man brutally attacked on MacArthur Causeway . This link opens the history page.

May. 2012 | Miracle Stories

Man Saved After Brutal Attack on the MacArthur Causeway

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On May 2012, Ronald Poppo was brought to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital after being brutally attacked on the MacArthur Causeway. The story of his attack made international headlines.

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Jun. 2012 | Miracle Stories

Doctors Save Teenager Impaled in the Head by Spear

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In 2012, while spearfishing at a Miami lake, 16-year-old Yasser Lopez was struck in the head by a spear.

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Aspiring model after severe burns and several reconstructive surgeries . This link opens the history page.

Jul. 2012 | Miracle Stories

Aspiring Model Suffers Severe Burns After Bathroom Catches Fire

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In 1995, Feride Buch suffered severe burns to 80 percent of her body. She was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where she was in a medically-induced coma for weeks.

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Mother holds newborn baby and is first five-organ transplant patient to conceive and deliver . This link opens the history page.

Feb. 2013 | Miracle Stories

After Five-Organ Transplant, Woman Gives Birth

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In 2013, Fatema Al Ansari delivered a healthy baby girl at Jackson via C-section - becoming the first five-organ transplant patient in the world to conceive and deliver.

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Danielle Press, accident victim and member of Ryder Trauma Survivors Club, posing for a picture with family . This link opens the history page.

Sep. 2013 | Miracle Stories

Boating Accident Nearly Paralyses Young Woman

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In September 2013, Danielle Press suffered life-threatening injuries in a boating accident off the coast of Key Biscayne – the very place where her father is police chief.

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Couple being interviewed after receiving news of conceiving quadruplets . This link opens the history page.

Feb. 2014 | Miracle Stories

Couple Gets Big Surprise with Naturally Conceived Quadruplets

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In February 2014, Ivanna Cardenas Gutierrez and husband David Gutierrez received an unexpected surprise: quadruplets.

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Six-year-old girl sitting on wheelchair after surviving deadly flu virus . This link opens the history page.

Apr. 2014 | Miracle Stories

Six-Year-Old Saved from Deadly Flu Virus

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In 2014, 6-year-old Victoria Bermudez was taken to an urgent care center, where she tested positive for influenza and strep throat. While there, her breathing got worse and went into cardiac arrest three times.

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Patients meet their donors at Jackson Florida Kidney Donor Press Conference . This link opens the history page.

Jul. 2014 | Medical Firsts

Florida’s First Three-Way Kidney Transplant

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In 2014, the first three-way paired kidney exchange transplant in Florida sets a record.

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UHealth/Jackson Zika Response Team inform public how to protect themselves from virus . This link opens the history page.

Jul. 2015 | Miracle Stories

The Threat of Zika Becomes a State of Emergency

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In late 2015, the mosquito-borne Zika virus became a global health concern, and Miami-Dade County became ground-zero for the United States’ first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus.

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Middle School Assistant, Dr. Erika Rolle, posing at her office after receiving a new heart . This link opens the history page.

Oct. 2015 | Jackson History

Middle School Assistant Principal Receives New Heart

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After years of battling cardiomyopathy, Erika Carter-Rolle finally received a lifesaving heart transplant.

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Little girl with mom at press conference after receiving organs at Jackson . This link opens the history page.

Feb. 2016 | Medical Firsts

Fifteen Organs For Two Young Siblings

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Just five years after transplant surgeons saved the life of a Texas infant, a rare congenital disease brought the family back to South Florida.

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Jackson Medical Group cardiologist Dr. Ivan Mendoza holding a Micro TPS, with Felipe Finale, the first patient to be implanted with device . This link opens the history page.

Sep. 2016 | Jackson History

World’s Smallest Pacemaker Saves Life

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For Felipe Finale, gardening in his Hialeah backyard has always been his greatest pleasure. But in early 2016, doing any physical task became increasingly difficult.

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Oct. 2016 | Employee Stories

Rudolph Moise

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Rudolph Moise, DO, MBA, JD, was born and raised in Haiti and moved to the United States, settling in Chicago at the age of 17. From a very young age, he knew that he wanted to be a doctor.

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Dr. Chousleb with two sisters that underwent gastric sleeve surgery at Jackson North . This link opens the history page.

Nov. 2016 | Jackson History

Committed to a Healthier Life, Sisters Undergo Surgery

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In 2015, Gloria and Linda Taylor underwent weight-loss surgery to live healthier lives.

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UHealth/Jackson surgeons with brain surgery survivor and newborn baby . This link opens the history page.

Dec. 2016 | Miracle Stories

Removal of Brain Tumors from Pregnant Woman Is Followed by a Successful Delivery

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After a 12-hour surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, surgeons removed two tumors from a pregnant woman’s brain. Weeks later, she delivers a healthy baby.

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Dr. Hansel Tookes and his grandmother, Gracie Wyche, a pioneer nurse at Jackson . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 2017 | Employee Stories

A Doctor and His Grandmother Change the Community

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As I walk through the Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus every day, I am proud to walk in the footsteps of my grandmother, Gracie Wyche.

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UHealth/Jackson neurosurgeon, Dr. Eric Peterson, with previous employee and patient at Jackson Memorial . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 2017 | Employee Stories

Employee to Patient – In an Instant

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Working at Jackson, I often heard success stories about patients who beat the odds, but I never expected I would become one of them.

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Young nurse at the Jackson School of Nursing . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 2017 | Employee Stories

Building a Life and Family at Jackson

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My life at Jackson began in 1985 at the Jackson School of Nursing, where I received the very best training.

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Female Jackson mammography technician and breast cancer survivor shows breast cancer awareness support by wearing pink . This link opens the history page.

Jan. 2017 | Employee Stories

Mammography Technician Gives Hope to Women Battling Breast Cancer

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I never got to meet my grandmother, who died of breast cancer at age 29. I grew up seeing my mother fight breast cancer, and at age 28, I felt a lump on my breast.

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Five-year-old girl survivor of drunk driver accident with mother at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital . This link opens the history page.

Jun. 2017 | Miracle Stories

Five-Year-Old Saved After Drunk Driver Strikes Car

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After a drunk driver stuck the car she was riding in, five-year-old Avril Ochoa suffered a severe head injury and went into cardiac arrest.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

Proud of Jackson’s Cultural Evolution

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As Jackson celebrates its centennial year, we rightly look back over 100 years of progress, growth, and service. My perspective doesn’t go back that far, but is illustrative of major growth nonetheless.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

From My Coworkers to My Caregivers

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It is one thing to work at a hospital where you witness patients receiving top-notch care every day. It is quite another when you become one of those patients yourself.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

Diversity Is Key for the Jackson Family

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Upon returning to Miami after college to pursue a career in finance, a close friend approached me regarding an opportunity at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Being a South Florida native and knowing Jackson’s reputation in the community, I knew that I couldn’t miss out on the chance to work there.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

Fighting the Unknown

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More than 30 years ago, Miami became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. When the first patients came to Jackson Memorial Hospital in the 1980s with this unnamed disease, I was a young doctor, fresh out of residency, at the beginning of my career.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

My Sister, My Best Friend

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In 1988, my sister, Martha Ochoa, began her career as a respiratory therapist at Jackson Memorial Hospital. At that point, I was just 13 years old, and unsure of what career path to take.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

From Boston to Miami: An Adventure that Turned into a Lifetime

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From working as an associate nurse manager in the HIV/ TB unit, to being a pediatric clinical staff nurse at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, I’ve held various roles during my many years at Jackson.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

James Jackson Hutson

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Forty one years ago, I took my place in the field of medicine. I say “took my place” because health care is in my blood; my history is deeply rooted in its framework in South Florida.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

Taking Care of Jackson for as long as I Can

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In 1979, I was a mechanic looking for a job. It was my older brother, Rodney Taylor, who suggested that I take a position at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

Three Generations at Jackson

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On Saturday nights throughout her time in nursing school, my mother, Marian Reuburn, volunteered in Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

Work Is Where the Heart Is

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Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to do something special with my life– make people feel good about themselves, educate others, be outdoors, play sports, and have fun.

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Feb. 2018 | Employee Stories

Jackson, My Second Home

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I joined the Jackson family in April 2000 as a clerk stenographer in Corrections Health Services. At the time, my aunt, who was part of the organization in 1988 and came back in 1998, suggested I apply because she thought I would be great for the position.

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Mar. 2018 | Miracle Stories

Grandpa Juan

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To honor his 10-year- old granddaughter who died after two multi-organ transplants, Juan Manfredi, 74, turned his heartbreaking loss into a lifetime of volunteering at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

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Mar. 2018 | Employee Stories

Isabel Rivero

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Isabel Rivero, RN, BSN, brings a unique perspective to her work at the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: Newborn Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children's Hospital.

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Mar. 2018 | Jackson History

Centennial Narrative – James Jones

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James Jones was born at Jackson Memorial Hospital in October 1980 – one of several professional athletes and celebrities born at Jackson.

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