The University of Miami Health System will offer internal medicine and lab services on the island.
The University of Miami is launching a concierge medicine program on Palm Beach, a bold move to serve and attract island residents.
The UHealth Premier Concierge Medicine Program will be located at 218 Royal Palm Way. The practice will include internal medicine physicians and an on-site laboratory.
It’s the first UM Health System concierge medicine practice in Palm Beach County. UM Health has two offices in Miami-Dade County.
The move follows the recent revelation that UM Health will build a major healthcare clinic in downtown West Palm Beach.
UM Health has leased 7,000 square feet at Flagler Banyan Square, the mixed-use project on the old City Hall site, at Banyan Boulevard between Olive Avenue and Flagler Drive. Plans are to open the clinic in the fall.
With these two deals, UM Health joins the crowd of other out-of-area health care providers establishing or expanding their presence in Palm Beach County to treat existing patients and lure new ones.
Not only are many Palm Beach County residents wealthy and insured, they also are grateful patrons known for their philanthropy.
Other out-of-area providers opening or expanding offices in Palm Beach County are Cleveland Clinic, NYU Langone Health, Mount Sinai New York, and the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Many of them have set up shop near Palm Beach, in downtown West Palm Beach.
But only UM Health is setting up offices in both cities.
UM Health’s decision to launch clinics in both West Palm Beach and Palm Beach indicates the health care powerhouse wants a bigger share of the lucrative medical market in Palm Beach County, and is prepared to be aggressive about its plans.
UM Health already has a strong brand in Palm Beach County due to its many specialty practices.
For instance, its Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently received National Cancer Institute designation, an accomplishment celebrated on Friday on Palm Beach at the residence of Janet and Mark Levy.
The concierge medical practice on Palm Beach was announced at the gathering by Dr. Edward Abraham, executive vice president for health affairs and chief executive of UHealth.
In a statement, Abraham said the Palm Beach concierge practice brings UHealth doctors “further into the Palm Beach community, increasing access for our patients in a setting that is closer to their homes.”
UHealth Premier services include an annual exam, little-to-no wait times, same-day or next-day appointments, and phone contact with a UHealth premier physician, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Annual membership fees typically are required for enrollment in concierge practices. Details of the Palm Beach practice, including its opening date, could not be obtained by presstime.
Meanwhile, the UM Health clinic in West Palm Beach will feature specialized care in a number of fields. They include urology, gastroenterology, cardiology, neurology, and dermatology.
In addition, UM Health already has UHealth at Palm Beach Gardens, delivering services in neurosurgery, transplant, family medicine and otolaryngology; and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Miami-based eye hospital with a location in Palm Beach Gardens since 2006.
At the Palm Beach Gardens campus, Bascom Palmer recently opened the Lois Pope Center for Retinal and Macular Degeneration Research. Pope, a Manalapan resident and philanthropist, donated $12 million to the research center.