Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 050417
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File Number: 050417 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-276-05 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: EXT PROTECTION OF SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY TO DOCTORS AT JMH Introduced: 2/16/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/1/2005
Agenda Date: 3/1/2005 Agenda Item Number: 10A6
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO EXTEND THE PROTECTION OF SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY TO UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DOCTORS ON STAFF AT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND CLINICS OPERATED BY THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST
Indexes: JACKSON MEMORIAL
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Natacha Seijas, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/1/2005 10A6 Adopted P

County Attorney 2/16/2005 Assigned Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 2/9/2005

County Attorney 2/16/2005 Assigned Eugene Shy

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 2/9/2005 2F Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: See Agenda Item 2D, Legislative File No. 050190.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO EXTEND THE PROTECTION OF SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY TO UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DOCTORS ON STAFF AT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND CLINICS OPERATED BY THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST

BODY

WHEREAS, since 1952, the University of Miami School of Medicine and Miami-Dade County (and subsequently the Public Health Trust) have been affiliated for the operation of Jackson Memorial Hospital as a teaching hospital for training and increasing the number of medical professionals in Miami-Dade County and for improving the quality and standard of medical science and education; and
WHEREAS, because of the affiliation, Jackson Memorial Hospital is one of the premier teaching hospital in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Florida is experiencing a medical malpractice insurance crisis which threatens the viability of the University of Miami School of Medicine and also thereby threatens to weaken the affiliation; and
WHEREAS, extending the protection of sovereign immunity to University of Miami doctors who have clinical staff privileges at Jackson Memorial Hospital and clinics operated by the Public Health Trust will assure the continued success of the affiliation and the preeminence of Jackson Memorial Hospital as a teaching hospital and invaluable asset of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, Jackson Memorial Hospital renders medical assistance to thousands of residents from other counties in Florida including Monroe, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier and elsewhere, and sovereign immunity extends to doctors on staff at the public hospitals in those counties unlike the University of Miami School of Medicine doctors on staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board urges the Florida legislature to extend the protection of sovereign immunity to University of Miami School of Medicine doctors who have clinical staff privileges at Jackson Memorial Hospital and clinics operated by the Public Health Trust.
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the chair and members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs is directed to include this issue in the County’s 2005 state legislative package.



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