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  • Spotlight Interview with Adam Taylor, Jackson Health System

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    December 14, 2016
    Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Miami?
     
    A: I grew up in Seattle, and moved to South Florida nearly 20 years ago, so I guess I can call myself a Florida “native” at this point. I received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Washington State University, and was very involved in student activities and the campus community there. In 1998 I followed the sun across the country to begin my career doing communications and marketing for alumni relations and fundraising at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where I also completed my master’s degree in intercultural communications. In February of 2008, I joined the communications and outreach team at Jackson Health System and relocated to Miami. That year also happened to be Jackson’s 90th anniversary, so I jumped in, feet first, at a very exciting time in the organization’s history and it’s been non-stop ever since.
     
    Q: What is it about working at Jackson Health that inspires you?
     
    A: There is simply one thing that inspires me to come to work every day – Jackson’s valiant mission. Jackson is the community’s hospital, taking care of anyone and everyone that walks through our doors. Our more than 11,000 employees pour their hearts and souls into their work each and every day. Their compassion for our patients is unmatched, and I’ve witnessed that care firsthand as a Jackson patient myself. The medical miracles we continue to achieve through our clinical partnership with the University of Miami are astounding – and it’s very meaningful to me to be a part of that. I’m sure you’ve read about these amazing patient stories, from keeping a little girl alive without a heart for the many months she awaited a transplant to a gymnast who walked out of our rehabilitation hospital after he was paralyzed by an accident in the gym. I could go on and on, but this column just isn’t long enough!
     
    Q: Jackson Health has been a big supporter of various LGBT organizations and initiatives in South Florida. Can you share what these are and why?
     
    A: Jackson has always been committed to supporting and caring for the LGBT community. On the brink of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Jackson took care of those who were affected when no other hospitals in Miami would. And now, Jackson continues to lead the way in its approach to providing culturally competent LGBT care and embracing the transgender community at every step of their healthcare journeys. Jackson has even been officially recognized for this by achieving “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” status from the Human Rights Campaign for the past 6 years. I could not be more proud of this honor and of our leadership and our organization for making LGBT initiatives a top priority.
     
    We have supported numerous organizations and initiatives in South Florida, including the MDGLCC, LGBT Visitor Center, Equality Florida, Aqua Foundation for Women, Unity Coalicion, Pridelines, Care Resource, Miami Beach Gay Pride, Gay8, and Celebrate Orgullo. We also have a presence in a variety of LGBT publications.   
     
    Q: What makes MDGLCC worthy of Jackson Health’s support?
     
    A: The MDGLCC is a strong advocate for strengthening the health of our community, so it makes perfect sense for Jackson to provide its support. As a Corporate Partner member, Jackson is committed to working hand-in-hand with the MDGLCC to help fulfill its noble mission.
     
    Contact:
    Adam Taylor, Director, Creative and Brand Integrity
    adam.taylor@jhsmiami.org, (305) 585-7208
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