Jackson Health System, Miami, is in preliminary discussions to transfer operations of its six community health clinics to another organization, possibly one of the other community-based clinic networks already operating in Miami-Dade County.
Thresia Gambon, interim associate chief medical officer, said that the publicly funded four-hospital safety net hospital system operates its primary-care community clinics at an annual loss between $19 million and $22 million. But its not clear what organization might take on the operations or whether the transfer would involve a financial transaction, she said.
Jackson is in discussions with the Miami-Dade Health Action Network, an organization that includes a group of 33 federally qualified clinics across the Miami area operated by six separate organizations that share a common back office, Gambon said. The talks also include the Florida Health Network, which operates another 19 free clinics in Miami-Dade County.
We started discussing who can provide care and bring down the most federal dollars and be the most sustainable, and provide the best level of quality for our community, Gambon said. Its too early to say whether the eventual agreement might involve closures of some of the five dozen clinics run by the various agencies, although one of the main goals of any deal would be to improve community access while providing top quality, she said.