Health District (Miami)

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Health District
Civic Center
Neighborhood of Miami
View westward of the Health District, with the Midtown Interchange foreground and Miami International Airport right-background
View westward of the Health District, with the Midtown Interchange foreground and Miami International Airport right-background
Health District within the City of Miami
Health District within the City of Miami
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade County
City Miami
 • City of Miami Commissioner Richard Dunn
 • Miami-Dade Commissioners Audrey Edmonson
 • House of Representatives Cynthia Stafford (D)
 • State Senate Larcenia Bullard (D)
 • U.S. House Frederica Wilson (D)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,705
 • Density 5,565/sq mi (2,149/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-05)
ZIP Code 33136
Area code(s) 305, 786

The Health District, also known as the Civic Center, is a neighborhood in the city of Miami, Florida USA. The Health District is bound roughly by Northwest 20th Street and 14th Avenue to the northwest, the Dolphin Expressway and the Miami River to the south and west, and the Midtown Interchange and I-95 to the east.

The Health District has the country's largest concentration of medical and research facilities after Houston.[1] The neighborhood is composed primarily of hospitals, research institutes, clinics and government offices, and is the center of Miami's growing biotechnology and medical research industry. It is the home of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the UM Life Science and Technology Park.[2][3] The Health District is approximately five minutes north of Downtown Miami via rapid transit on the Miami Metrorail.


The neighborhood has its roots as a health district with the opening of Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1915, with some of the original buildings, such as "The Alamo" still standing. Today, the Alamo serves an era museum of Jackson's history throughout the years. Jackson Memorial Hospital is the major public hospital of Miami, and Jackson's hospital in the Health District is the health system's primary hospital.[4]

Hospitals and research institutes

The Health District is the center of Miami's medical, research and biotechnology industries, and as such is home to many of the city's largest hospital systems. The largest is the public hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, which also has two branch hospitals in northern and southern Miami-Dade County. Jackson has affiliations as teaching hospitals with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since 1952 and more recently with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Other hospitals include: Miami VA Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital (formerly Cedars Medical Center), and Holtz Children's Hospital.[5]

Some of the research institutes in the Health District are:[6]


Civic Center is served by Metrobus throughout the area, and by the Miami Metrorail at:

The Health District is served by Civic Center station, a station of the Metrorail rapid transit system. It connects directly to all the major hospitals and research centers, and connects the district to Downtown Miami, Dadeland, and Hialeah, as well as to Miami's commuter rail system, Tri-Rail. In March 2012, the new Miami Trolley system inaugurated its first route which passes through Civic Center on its way to Marlins Park.


Colleges and universities

Historic Civic Center