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University of Miami and Jackson Health System Honor the Memory of Jay W. Weiss

6/7/2005

A tribute celebration in honor of the late Jay W. Weiss took place on June 7 at Alamo Park on the campus of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.   During the special ceremony, a sculpture of the longtime philanthropist was unveiled, and Jackson's Ambulatory Care Center was renamed the Jay W. Weiss Ambulatory Care Center.

During his lifetime Jay Weiss was one of the best friends the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital ever had.  Overall, he helped raise more than $150 million for both institutions, including millions in his own special contributions. Weiss served on the University¹s Board of Trustees, and was a former chairman of the Miami-Dade County Public Health Trust, which oversees Jackson Memorial. He also built Southern Wine and Spirits into the country¹s largest liquor distributor.

Weiss died of cancer in January of last year.

"Jay¹s passing was an incalculable loss to this medical center, as well as the underserved and less fortunate in our community," said John G. Clarkson, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UM Miller School of Medicine, during the ceremony. "The dedication of Jay¹s sculpture in the middle of the medical center is symbolic of the love and devotion he had for both institutions and those who work here.  The sculpture¹s location did not happen by accident -- his daughters selected the site and position so that Jay will always be watching over us, but more importantly, watching over the people we serve."

Marvin O¹Quinn, president of the Public Health Trust and chief executive officer of Jackson Health System, said, "Although I am just about to begin my third year at Jackson, I am fortunate to have been touched by Jay while being recruited, and his love and commitment to our mission was one of the things that convinced me to take on the challenge.   Jay's belief in the joint responsibilities of the hospital and medical school, as well as our interdependence on one another, was truly infectious."

The sculpture is the work of artist Ric Frignoca of Bronzeart in Sarasota.  The renaming of the ambulatory care center in Weiss¹ name will be a constant reminder of his fundamental belief that no one should be denied good medical care because of their socioeconomic circumstance.  Last year, more than 600,000 people received primary medical care at the center.