Diversity Is Key for the Jackson Family
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.
I remember the main challenge during my first week at Jackson Memorial’s Finance Department was not getting lost while walking to and from my office. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a workplace as big as Jackson– a city within a city; so many buildings, employees, and guests.
During my time in the Finance Department, my journey at Jackson Memorial took me to the hospital’s Image Committee, whose motto was “where ideas make a difference.” It consisted of employees from various departments at Jackson who helped reach the different regions our outreach initiatives were trying to impact.
I eventually became chair of the Image Committee. It was through this group that the hospital was able to coordinate many activities for our employees and the communities we served – picnics, turkey giveaways during Thanksgiving, and cultural celebrations just to name a few.
Today, we are truly blessed to have distinguished leaders throughout our health system who are consistently working to improve the quality of care in our neighborhoods, and who are making sure that access to care is within the reach of every Miami-Dade County resident and those who are seeking cutting-edge medical attention.
Our former President and CEO Ira C. Clark would always say, “You have to be a voice for the less fortunate when possible and necessary.” He reminded employees often that Jackson is a world-class healthcare destination, and a family that embraces the cultural diversity found in our facilities and beyond.
Administrative Assistant to the Chairman
Public Health Trust Board of Trustees
May. 2012 Miracle Stories
Five-month-Old Receives Life-Saving Liver Transplant. Link opens story page.
In 2007, five-month-old Kara Ffrench and 46-year-old Victor Billingsley shared a donor liver in simultaneous surgeries hundreds of miles apart.Explore in story page.
Jun. 1918 Jackson History
Miracle Founder – Dr James M Jackson Jr. Link opens story page.
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.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.