HCA is Putting Profits before People : STOP the Kendall Regional Hospital Expansion
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In 2011, HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) opened its trauma center at Kendall Regional Hospital. HCA argued that the growing community desperately needed these services. The neighbors of the hospital in Horse Country Miami (An Urban Agricultural Community) gave up the quiet enjoyment of their homes and farms from Helicopter noise for the “greater public good” to allow this to happen.
The neighbors and residents of Miami Dade were shocked and disappointed to learn the following:
In an April 2016, investigative report by NBC’s Tony Pipitone it was found that,
“Kendall Regional’s average trauma fee was $23,445 or 11 times that of the Ryder Trauma center”.
Ryder Trauma is part of the Jackson Health System governed by the Public Health Trust, a team of citizen volunteers acting on behalf of the Miami Dade Board of County Commissioners.
HCA Holdings is the “number 1” for profit hospital company with almost 42 Billion in revenue in 2016.
· According to a local NSF/CBS news report in June 2016…
HCA challenged a decision by the Department of Health to allow Jackson South (which serves some of the most vulnerable residents in South Florida) to operate a Trauma Center claiming that,
“The opening of the trauma center at Jackson South has decreased trauma patient volume at Kendall and has resulted in a loss of revenue,”
As if the 42 Billion dollar HCA Holding corporation has not profited enough at the expense of the residents of Miami Dade County, HCA’s Kendall Regional Hospital has applied to expand by moving the existing Helicopter Pad closer to the Urban Agricultural Community known as Horse Country Miami, increase the number of beds and build a 9-story garage to help with the horribly mismanaged growth problem at the hospital.
This will cause the residents and farms of the area to
- endure more helicopter noise,
- potentially decrease in property values,
- increased hospital traffic through its neighborhood streets and
- lose privacy due to the height and location of the proposed garage
so that HCA can make more profit at the expense of the residents of Miami Dade County.
Please sign this petition and let the Miami Dade County Board of Commissioners know that you oppose HCA’s Kendall Regional Hospital application to expand.
Send a message that HCA Kendall Regional Hospital needs to be a better corporate citizen and neighbor to the residents of Miami Dade County.
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