Centennial Narrative – James Jones
James Jones was born at Jackson Memorial Hospital in October 1980 – one of several professional athletes and celebrities born at Jackson. He was raised in Carol City and catapulted to fame as a star on the University of Miami’s basketball team, where he was inducted into the university’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Indiana Pacers drafted Jones in 2003. Just five years later, he made his way back to his hometown to wear the #22 jersey for the Miami HEAT. While playing alongside Lebron James and Dwyane Wade, Jones went on to win two championship rings with the HEAT.
He later joined the Cleveland Cavaliers and won his third NBA championship. He is currently the vice president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns.
Regardless of where he has lived, Jones has always remained connected to his Miami roots and the very place where he was born. A philanthropist who founded the James Jones Legacy Foundation, Jones is dedicated to helping at-risk children by providing them with support and guidance from positive role models.
Over the years, Jones has dedicated his time to visiting sick children at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Whether he’s playing video games with patients in the teen lounge, delivering gifts during the holidays, or just stopping in to sign autographs and take photos with patients and their families, Jones definitely leaves a lasting impression on everyone who crosses his path.
Dec. 2016 Miracle Stories
Removal of Brain Tumors from Pregnant Woman Is Followed by a Successful Delivery. Link opens story page.
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.Explore in story page.
Nov. 1986 Jackson History
First Adult Heart Transplant. Link opens story page.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1986, Mark Frye underwent heart transplant surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital.Explore in story page.
Feb. 1991 Jackson History
First Pediatric Heart Transplant. Link opens story page.
On February 17, 1991, Bruce Brown became Jackson’s first pediatric heart transplant patient at age 16.Explore in story page.