A Board of Trustees Is Established
In November 1919, a year after Miami City Hospital opened, a nine-member volunteer Board of Trustees
was appointed by the mayor of Miami. Ainah V. Royce, RN, a Florida nursing administrator, was
appointed hospital superintendent, serving for six years from 1920 to 1926. When Dr. Jackson died in
1924, Ainah ran the hospital as part of her role.
The purpose of the independent governing board was to oversee hospital policies, improve the quality
of health care for all regardless of their ability to pay, and partake in plans for the future of the hospital
– a mission that remains in place today.
The formal Public Health Trust Board of Trustees (PHT) that is currently in place was developed when,
in October 1973, the former Metropolitan Dade County Board of County Commissioners appointed
15 volunteer members to oversee Jackson’s operations. The PHT provides leadership for joint planning
between Jackson Health System, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami-Dade County,
and other private and community organizations.
Feb. 2018 Employee Stories
My Sister, My Best Friend. Link opens story page.
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.Explore in story page.
Nov. 1965 Medical Firsts
Steamship Fire Leads to Burn Services and New Treatment. Link opens story page.
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.Explore in story page.
Jun. 2012 Miracle Stories
Doctors Save Teenager Impaled in the Head by Spear. Link opens story page.
In 2012, while spearfishing at a Miami lake, 16-year-old Yasser Lopez was struck in the head by a spear.Explore in story page.