Helipad at Jackson North Approved


The North Miami Beach City Council approved a helipad for Jackson North on March 19, thanks in part to the large crowd of supporters that included the healthcare professionals of JHS. Local 1991 president Martha Baker, RN, was in attendance with a contingent from Jackson North, as were county Commissioner Sally Heyman, JHS CEO Carlos Migoya, School Board Member Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, Dr. Rudy Moise and many others. Thank you to everyone who showed up. Together we are stronger!

Mark your calendars for April 16, which is when Jackson South is scheduled to go before the county commission to request permission to build a helipad for a trauma center on its campus.


The nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals of SEIU Local 1991 have been supportive of Jackson Health System’s efforts to protect Ryder Trauma Center in an increasingly competitive trauma environment.

Members were there to support Ryder at the county commission and at a Department of Health hearing last month.

On March 19, JHS is seeking approval from the City of North Miami Beach to build a new helipad at Jackson North in order to create a Level II trauma center on campus. At a previous planning hearing, neighborhood opposition to the helipad caused the issue to fail on a 3-3 vote. City council members need to hear from us about how building the trauma center would allow JHS to expand Ryder’s world-class services in North Dade, as well as creating new jobs for the surrounding community.

We need people to be in the audience to show support for Jackson North, beginning at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday, March 19. The hearing is at North Miami Beach City Hall, 17011 NE 19 Avenue. Feel free to wear your street clothes. If you live in North Miami Beach, we would love for you to be ready to say a few words in support at the meeting. Let us know at union@seiu1991.org or 305 620-6555. We will provide all the details you will need.

Also don’t miss WMBM 1490-AM March 19 between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. as Local 1991 president Martha Baker, RN, discusses this issue with Bishop Victor Curry and County Commissioner Jean Monestime.

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