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Jackson International ~ Working internationally to Save Lives

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Either for life changing or life saving medical procedures, Jackson International becomes one of the best options for foreign patients looking for top rated care in the United States. Jackson International links foreign patients in need of treatment for complex medical and surgical care with the exceptional, life saving and life changing medical expertise of Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the top-rated hospitals in the United States.

Among the 50 specialties available at Jackson Memorial Hospital, critical care, high-risk pregnancies and pediatric cardiac surgeries are the most common cases for international patients who seek treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the largest, most comprehensive academic hospitals in the United States, is consistently recognized as one of America’s best hospitals and has been providing the best in medical care for over 90 years. The proximity to Central America, the Caribbean and northern countries in South America makes Jackson Memorial Hospital accessible and vital.

“[It is] the only designated level-1 trauma and burn center located less than three hours from anywhere in the Caribbean Basin,” said Dr. Eneida O. Roldan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Health System. This is crucial for the critically injured, where 24-hour availability of life-saving medical care gives the patient the highest possible chance for survival and recovery.

“At Jackson Memorial Hospital we specialize in complex critical cases,” Dr. Roldan said. “At the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, we receive more than 4,000 patients per year, making Ryder one of the busiest trauma centers in the United States The team of trauma surgeons and specialists are available 24 hours a day along with burn, vascular, cardiothoracic, orthopedic, neurological, pediatric and other specialists.”

Beyond life-saving medical care, programs like Hospitality and Concierge Services have been specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of international patients and their families. Jackson International also reaches out to the international community with many educational programs including observerships, workshops and telemedicine.

International Testimonial

Cruise passengers injured in Dominica are transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital In February 2009, 14 Celebrity Cruise line passengers were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital by air ambulance after a bus crash in Roseau, Dominica.

The tourists on the Celebrity Summit were participants in a “Caribbean Cooking Adventure” in which they learned to prepare and present traditional island dishes. They were returning from the culinary-themed shored excursion when their bus lost control and drove into a ditch. The injuries sustained included broken bones, bumps, bruises and lacerations. After assessing and treating the patients’ injuries, the medical team at Jackson was able to safely discharge the patients.

Jackson Memorial Hospital, as the southernmost level-1 trauma and burn center in the United States, was a key factor in making a difference for these passengers. For that reason and for its world-renowned doctors, Jackson has become the preferred destination for trauma cases in the Caribbean Basin.

Puerto Rican pregnant woman transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital to save her baby Francis Tirado was 19 weeks pregnant when her doctor in Puerto Rico discovered that her baby had fetal hydronephrosis. The condition is caused by the dilation of the branches and pelvic cavity of the kidney, caused by an accumulation of urine resulting from obstruction of normal outflow.

She was referred to Dr. Quintero, Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, who inserted a catheter in the baby’s kidney. This procedure has been done only in two centers in the entire world.

The baby was born at 23 weeks. After spending two months at the neonatal intensive care unit at the Holtz Children’s Hospital, Tirado and her son went back home to Puerto Rico.

Holtz Children’s Hospital

Among the largest children’s hospitals in the southeast United States, Holtz at Jackson Memorial Hospital is known worldwide for its team of pediatric specialists experienced in cardiology and cardiac surgery, transplantation, diabetes, hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant and infectious diseases/immunology.

Holtz provides expert diagnosis and treatment on site for virtually every condition, illness and injury that can affect a child today. To facilitate in making sure state of the art care is provided, Jackson added a brand new, 30-bed pediatric ICU that includes a pediatric cathlab.

“The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holtz is the largest in the country and offers a full range of advanced therapies for neonates,” Dr. Roldan said. “The Holtz has more than 200 cumulative years of experience in taking care of the smallest and sickest newborns. We boast some of the best survival rates and successful outcomes in the country.”  Roldan continues by praising Jackson Memorial Hospital for having one the most acclaimed fetal surgeons for in-uterus procedures in the region.

“When we receive a mother that has a high risk pregnancy, the chances of her having a premature baby are higher than in a normal pregnancy,” Dr. Roldan said. “The neonatal intensive care unit [is] ready to follow up once the baby is born.”

Jackson Memorial is providing interactive online resources for medical travelers (medical tourists) and their families traveling to Miami for complex medical and surgical procedures. These tools also permit their affiliate physician HIPAA compliant access to medical records and information to better provide continuity of care for them.
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