Honoring Those We Serve: Miami Jewish Health Systems History
Our story began in the late 1930s, when an ailing Adam Reiss, a German-Lutheran who had moved from the Midwest to retire in Coral Gables, called his friend, Ida Cohen, to his bedside to tell her he wanted to donate $10,000 to a home for the aged in our community. Ida took up his mission, and under her leadership ‘The Miami Jewish Home for the Aged’ was incorporated on July 25, 1940, with Ida Cohen serving as the first President.
From those beginnings, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, as we came to be called, grew along with the burgeoning Miami community. Led for many years by Judge Irving Cypen, the organization grew to include not only a nursing home, but also an on-campus hospital, assisted and independent-living facilities, and began exploring innovative diversion programs such as the Program for All-Inclusive Care (PACE) to deliver healthcare services to the local community.
Today we serve more than 10,000 people annually from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. We changed our name to Miami Jewish Health Systems to better reflect the breadth, comprehensiveness and focus of our efforts. As an internationally renowned, innovative leader in healthcare, we serve patients and residents from 5 years in age to 105. We promote longer, healthier, more enriched lives for patients and residents of all ages, cultures and faiths.