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Celebrating 20 Years of Saving Lives

Since 1992, the doctors, nurses and staff at Ryder Trauma Center have been dedicated to saving the lives of people with critical injuries. Ryder is the only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center in Miami-Dade County.

EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING IN TRAUMA CARE. That’s why the Department of Defense chose Ryder Trauma Center as its only surgical training facility for the U.S. Army. For more than 10 years, Forward Surgical Teams have trained at Ryder before being deployed to war zones.

Ryder also conducts specialized education and training, extensive injury research, clinical trials and telemedicine programs to share life-saving techniques with hospitals worldwide.

This expertise is what makes Ryder Trauma Center the most experienced trauma center in South Florida.

 
POINTS OF PRIDE

Ryder Trauma Center Points of Pride

  • Since it opened on August 3, 1992 – mere weeks before Hurricane Andrew hit the Miami-Dade community – the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital has been the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center in Miami-Dade County.
  • Saving thousands of lives and providing unparalleled care that has garnered national recognition, Ryder is continually recognized as one of the nation’s best trauma centers. An average of 3,500 patients are treated annually, and Ryder has never diverted patients to another facility.
  • Every day, patients suffering from car crashes, burns, accidents at home or work, gunshot wounds and other critical injuries are brought to Ryder clinging to life. When adjusted for the severity of the injuries, Ryder has a lower mortality rate than expected in major trauma centers nationwide.
  • Ryder is part of one of the nation’s largest public hospitals and has unparalleled depth and breadth of medical resources, so patients receive a continuum of expert care.
  • Ryder is staffed by the faculty of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, whose physicians include some of the nation’s leading trauma surgeons and specialists.
  • Ryder has more dedicated trauma/critical care surgeons and anesthesiologists than any other Level 1 trauma center in the country. Not only have they been trained specially to handle the most critical patients, but collectively they have decades of trauma care experience.
  • Ryder is the only trauma center in the U.S. where trauma anesthesiologists and trainees are involved in the care of trauma patients from initial resuscitation through postoperative care.
  • At any one time, there are approximately 25 surgeons training in trauma. They are provided with hands-on experience in treating Miami-Dade’s most critically injured. Jackson has the largest trauma/critical care fellowship program in the nation. Additionally, about 30 percent of the general surgery training at Jackson is completed at Ryder Trauma Center through fellowships and residencies as well as undergraduate programs.
  • Experience cannot be understated. There is no routine trauma case – each one presents different challenges. Ryder doctors have seen it all and are ready to handle anything that comes through the trauma doors.
  • Centrally located in Miami-Dade County, Ryder has a proven track record of being able to accommodate and treat patients who are brought in from anywhere. People from South Florida, the Caribbean and South America are regularly transported to Ryder for life-saving care.
  • Distance has never impacted nor compromised our ability to treat a trauma patient. Through an objective analysis, patients who came to Ryder from an area with a radius of 50 miles had no difference in outcomes.
  • Ryder has an excellent longstanding relationship with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s air transport and medical evacuation teams. Physicians and nurses have 20 years of cooperation with the crews on a daily basis, resulting in seamless transfers and uninterrupted care from the helicopter to our state-of-the-art landing pad to the trauma resuscitation bay.
  • At Jackson Memorial Hospital, there is already a deep-rooted culture where trauma cases take precedence. For example, if a trauma surgeon calls on a radiology technician or another physician or nurse, that professional prioritizes whatever he/she is doing to help with the trauma case. All appropriate staff at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center are ready to rush to the aid of patients brought into Ryder.

Unique Services & Designations

  • The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is designated as the “hospital of choice” for anyone protected by the Secret Service, including the president of the United States (whose blood is kept “on file” at all times). Ryder is routinely alerted anytime the president is in South Florida.
  • Because of the wide variety of trauma cases ̶ and some of the most challenging ̶ the U.S. Department of Defense chose Ryder Trauma Center as its only surgical training facility for both active and reserve U.S. Army Forward Surgical Teams before they are deployed to war zones. For the past 17 years, these teams have treated injuries at Ryder similar to what they will encounter on the battlefield. When in the field, team members continue to consult Ryder trauma surgeons on difficult cases via satellite phone and telemedicine.
  • The UM/JM Burn Center was established in the 1960s, but was incorporated into Ryder as soon as it opened. Since 2008, it is the only American Burn Association-verified center in South Florida and one of three in Florida. Hundreds of burn victims – adults and children – are treated annually as inpatients but also are followed through outpatient care for as long as needed, both physically and mentally.
  • Jackson Health System is designated as the primary responder in the event of a Miami-Dade County disaster, bioterrorist attack and/or public health emergency. In responding to thousands of emergencies of various types and magnitudes, Jackson has assessed potential threats, evaluated resources, developed response plans, trained personnel and conducted exercises. Ryder Trauma Center is one of four main components to Jackson’s emergency preparedness.
  • Ryder is outfitted with telemedicine capabilities, which allow physicians to video-conference and share their medical expertise with many other facilities such as Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Ryder staff hold weekly teleconferences with hospitals in Sao Paulo, Bogota, Manaus and other areas of Central and South America.
  • Telemedicine capabilities also allowed Ryder staff to help victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti by communicating daily with doctors in the University of Miami field hospital. The U.S. Department of Defense has interest in further developing Ryder’s unique brand of telemedicine.
  • An integral part of Ryder, the William Lehman Study Center conducts extensive research into how auto injuries occur, and how to treat and prevent them. Ryder’s cutting-edge research is heavily funded by the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other sources. Ryder research contributed greatly, for instance, to the requirement for side air bags in vehicles and to specific procedures adopted by rescue personnel at the scene of an accident.

Facility Facts

  • Ryder was created and built from the ground up as a trauma center. Every piece of its construction was crafted for maximum safety and efficiency in order to speed up the delivery of care during the “golden hour,” and thus lower the preventable death rate.
  • Ryder is a stand-alone building complete with a trauma resuscitation unit, x-ray/CT scans/digital fluoroscopy systems, a 25-bed trauma intensive care unit, the UM/JM Burn Center, 135 patient beds, a specialized rehabilitation unit, a designated pediatric unit, six operating rooms and a trauma medical-surgical unit.
  • It takes a mere 15 seconds for a person to be brought from the helipad to a resuscitation room, due to the swift elevators that lock out any other passengers.
  • Both the resuscitation rooms and adjacent operating rooms are designed and equipped so that three separate surgical teams can work on a patient simultaneously. If a person had, for instance, head, chest and leg injuries, all injuries would all be treated at the same time.
  • The rooftop helipad was designed to hold 22,000 pounds, so it could accommodate the landing of a 20,000-pound Blackhawk helicopter. Not only is the U.S. president often carried by these helicopters, but they were pressed into service as air rescue units after Hurricane Andrew.

 
SUCCESS STORIES

Ryder Trauma Center Success Stories

To learn more about the following patients treated at Ryder Trauma Center and their extraordinary stories of survival, click on the images or names below.

Jorge Valdes Cooper Grecco Shauna Pender James Beckham
Jorge Valdes Cooper Grecco Shauna Pender James Beckham
Steven Avila Feride Buch Michael Brewer Romel Joseph
Steven Avila Feride Buch Michael Brewer Romel Joseph

 
EVENTS

Ryder Trauma Center 20th Anniversary


Tuesday, June 5
Summer Safety Tips – Media Event
10:30 a.m.
JMH Clark DTC 252

Wednesday, June 6
Car Seat Checkup
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ryder Trauma Center
First 50 cars will receive a goody bag with JHS information and the first 25 in need of a new seat, after they’ve completed the checkup, will be given one.

Wednesday, June 20
Ride for Ryder View Flyer, Media Event
6 a.m. – Check-in
6:30 a.m. – Bicycle Ride Begins
7:30 a.m. – Media Event
(Ride begins in Virginia Key Park on the Rickenbacker Causeway and ends at Ryder with media event)

Tuesday, June 26
Honoring Miami Police Officers Saved at Ryder – Media Event
10 a.m.
Ryder Trauma Center

Wednesday, July 18
UM/JM Burn Center – Media Event
10 a.m.
Ryder Trauma Center

Friday, August 3
Ryder Trauma Center’s 20th Anniversary – Media Event
Time TBD
Ryder Trauma Center



For more information about any of our upcoming events, please contact Jackson Health System’s Department of External Affairs at 305-585-7213 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
VIDEOS

Ryder Trauma Center
20th Anniversary Kickoff
Celebration Press Conference

In two decades, Ryder Trauma Center has become a national and international model in trauma care. Thousands of lives have been saved at Ryder — adults and children on the brink of death after car crashes, burn injuries, gun violence and other traumatic events.

On Trauma Awareness Day, May 16, 2012, drunk driving crash survivors returned to Ryder to thank doctors and staff for saving their lives. Read More.

President Migoya Walks the Line to Promote Safety  :: JHS President & CEO Carlos Migoya puts on Fatal Vision Goggles to demonstrate the dangers of drinking and driving. To discourage others from getting behind the wheel while under the influence, Fatal Vision Goggles were available during our Ryder Trauma Center 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration. The goggles simulated impaired vision caused by drugs or alcohol.
Stories of Survival Police Injured in the Line of Duty   :: For the past 20 years, anytime a police officer in Miami-Dade County was seriously injured there is only one place they turned for medical care- Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. These officers- many of them injured in gun violence and car and motorcycle crashes- say that the doctors and nurses at Ryder saved their lives.
UM/Jackson Doctors Update Media on Yasser Lopez   :: UM/Jackson doctors update media on the condition of 16-year-old Yasser Lopez. As the last day of school approached, Lopez went spearfishing with friends. On June 7, 2012, one of his friends was loading a speargun and the spear accidentally deployed, hitting him in the head. Lopez was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center with approximately three feet of the spear protruding from his forehead. A rebar cutter, provided by Miami- Dade Fire Rescue, and vise-gripes (locking pliers) were used to stabilize the spear in the patient's head. 18 inches of the protruding spear was removed on the outside of Yasser's forehead to allow doctors to do a complete radiographic evaluation of the patient. Lopez was then rushed to the operating room where doctors were able to successfully remove the spear from his skull and brain. The surgery lasted approximately three hours.

President Migoya Walks
the Line to Promote Safety

JHS President & CEO Carlos Migoya puts on Fatal Vision Goggles to demonstrate the dangers of drinking and driving.

Stories of Survival Police
Injured in the Line of Duty

For the past 20 years, anytime a police officer in Miami-Dade County was seriously injured there is only one place they turned for medical care- Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

UM/Jackson Doctors Update
Media on Yasser Lopez

UM/Jackson doctors update media on the condition of 16-year-old Yasser Lopez.

UM/Jackson Doctors Give Update on Ronald Poppo  :: Ronald Poppo's physicians provided the media with an update on his condition, as well as information on the treatment he has received at Ryder Trauma Center. Mr. Poppo was brought to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center on Saturday, May 26, after being attacked on the MacArthur Causeway.
Water Safety Tip #1 Throw, Don't Go!  :: As part of the countdown to the 20th anniversary celebration of Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson's Injury Prevention Coordinator, Cindy Magnole, R.N., B.S.N., shares safety tips to keep children safe in and around water.
Water Safety Tip #2 Water Toys  :: As part of the countdown to the 20th anniversary celebration of Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson's Injury Prevention Coordinator, Cindy Magnole, R.N., B.S.N., shares safety tips to keep children safe in and around water.

UM/Jackson Doctors Give
Update on Ronald Poppo

Ronald Poppo's physicians provided the media with an update on his condition, as well as information on the treatment he has received at Ryder Trauma Center.

Water Safety Tip #1
"Throw, Don't Go!"

As part of the countdown to the 20th anniversary celebration of Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson's Injury Prevention Coordinator, Cindy Magnole, R.N., B.S.N., shares safety tips to keep children safe in and around water.

Water Safety Tip #2
"Water Toys"

As part of the countdown to the 20th anniversary celebration of Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson's Injury Prevention Coordinator, Cindy Magnole, R.N., B.S.N., shares safety tips to keep children safe in and around water.

Ryder Trauma Center BEHIND THE SCENES  :: At the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, patients arriving via ground or air rescue are rushed to one of five specially designed, newly renovated resuscitation bays. Click on the video to watch one of our trauma nurses' give you an inside look at one of our bays.

Ryder Trauma Center
BEHIND THE SCENES

At the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, patients arriving via ground or air rescue are rushed to one of five specially designed, newly renovated resuscitation bays.