New UHealth Medical Center Will Rise in North Miami

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At a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, University of Miami officials and community leaders celebrated the start of construction of the University of Miami’s UHealth at SoLé Mia, a state-of-the-art medical facility which will expand health care services to North Miami, Aventura, and surrounding areas.



Wearing white hard hats and wielding gold-painted shovels, University of Miami President Julio Frenk and a host of universities, UHealth, local governments and business leaders threw shovelfuls of sand orange and green on the artificial turf, their symbolic effort marking the construction launch for UHealth at SoLé Mia, the new world-class medical center in North Miami.

The morning event took place under a bustling tent located on the vast construction site. In his remarks, Frenk acknowledged the many people whose vision, expertise and efforts had led to the landmark day and the launch of the construction of “what will be the crown jewel for the University and in the community. “.

“To consider and then build a medical facility of this magnitude does not happen by accident,” Frenk said. “It comes from a commitment to be a preeminent academic health system and people here today who are driven to achieve excellence and improve access to health care.”

When completed, UHealth at SoLé Mia will become UHealth’s largest outpatient site and provide world-class medical care to patients in North Miami-Dade and South Broward counties. Construction of the 7-story, 363,000 square foot medical center is expected to be completed in 2025.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was among the dignitaries who celebrated the project and its community design. Levine Cava noted that her previous work experience had made her “deeply aware of the critical need for quality health care and for that care to be accessible to all”.

“This visionary space, this gem in the making demonstrates a commitment to a community focused on healthy living and now anchored by a world-class healthcare institution,” said the mayor.

In his remarks, North Miami Mayor Phillipe Bien-Aimé recalled the groundbreaking ceremony 10 years ago for SoLé Mia, the 184-acre mixed-use development in North Miami developed by the Soffer families. and LeFrak.

Bien-Aimé said the city had long hoped for a first-class medical center to serve its residents and that the ceremony a decade ago had given it hope that it would happen.

“Today, we are thrilled and thrilled to now have it – first-class, first-rate access to medical services – that our residents will have less than 10 minutes from homes,” the mayor said. “It elevates everything around us.”

Richard LeFrak, CEO of LeFrak, said the day was particularly satisfying for him and his family and discussed the proposed economic impact.

“It’s easy to plan a large-scale community like SoLé Mia on paper, but seeing that vision come to fruition in a place people call home and love to be is personally hugely rewarding,” said LeFrak. “Upon completion, more than 15,000 people will live or work here.”

A number of parts of the master plan have already been completed, he noted, including the first 800 residential units. The opening of the medical center will coincide with the completion of a 30-story residential tower.

“When UHealth’s medical center is complete, more than $1.2 billion will have been invested in SoLé Mia’s infrastructure and development, creating thousands of jobs,” LeFrak said.

The two mayors also cited the investment, jobs and economic activity the construction will generate for the region.

Dr. Dipen J. Parekh, Chief Operating Officer of UHealth, invited Dr. Henri R. Ford, Dean and Director of Studies at Miller School of Medicine, to join him on the podium.

Parekh described the new facility as a healing, wellness and prevention-focused healthcare destination, and detailed the wide range of high-quality care and treatment the new facility will provide, including health care specialists. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only cancer center. in South Florida to achieve National Cancer Institute designation;; Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation’s top-ranked eye hospital; and the Desai Sethi Institute of Urology; as well as physicians from UHealth’s nationally ranked neurology and neurosurgery programs.

“UHealth at SoLé Mia will set the standard for high-level healthcare in this community and patients will have access to specialties that are at the forefront of medicine,” Parekh said.

The medical facility will be modeled after UHealth’s award-winning Lennar Foundation Medical Center, located on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. Since its opening in December 2016, the Lennar Center has been hailed as an innovative clinic for its ability to provide a positive patient experience by providing expert care and treatment in a warm and inviting environment.

Members of the University of Miami Board of Trustees who attended the ceremony included Board Chair Laurie Silvers; Manny Kadre, Vice President; and directors Richard Fain, George Feldenkreis and HT Smith, all of whom have been credited with being actively involved in the planning and visioning of the state-of-the-art facility.




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