Lung transplant patients and those with critical respiratory conditions to be treated in new, state-of-the-art facility

January 9, 2023 – The Lung Center at the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI), an affiliation between Jackson Health System and UHealth – University of Miami Health System, is opening a new intensive care unit in the UHealth Jackson Critical Care Pavilion at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The unit, located on the fourth floor of Jackson’s new tower built exclusively for patients in need of the most advanced intensive care, will treat lung transplant and critical respiratory patients. Set to open to patients later this month, the 25-bed unit will be staffed by a highly-skilled integrated care team that includes critical care physicians, nurses, ECMO specialists, and physical therapists. It is the first critical care unit of its kind at Jackson Memorial exclusively for respiratory patients.

The Lung Center at MTI was established in 2022 to provide the most innovative approaches in surgical lung and respiratory care. The center is home to one of the world’s leading lung transplant teams, led by Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD, director of the Lung Center and professor of clinical surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. It features a team of experts in pulmonary medicine, surgical, and critical care. Since the Lung Center at MTI opened less than a year ago, its team of transplant surgeons have performed 75 lifesaving lung transplants at Jackson Memorial. Among those patients is Glenn Forshee.