FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alyssa Cundari, Committee of Interns & Residents
Jackson Memorial Resident Physicians Endorse Raquel Regalado for Mayor
MIAMI, FL — The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare), the union representing more than 1000 resident physicians at Jackson Memorial Hospital, has endorsed Raquel Regalado for Mayor of Miami-Dade County. This marks the first time CIR has made an endorsement in the Miami Dade County mayoral race.
The members of CIR were impressed by Raquel Regalado’s record as a champion for public health and public safety.
“Raquel Regalado is the most qualified candidate for the Mayor of Miami-Dade,” said Dr. Sabrina Taldone, a CIR delegate and internal medicine resident. “She is committed to supporting the efforts of Jackson and health care providers, including residents and fellows, so that we may improve the access and delivery of health care to our patient population. Her six years of public service experience on the School Board, in addition to her work in the private sector, demonstrate her ability to effectively advocate on behalf of her constituency to bring about real change.”
Ms. Regalado’s record on healthcare speaks for itself- she was one of two prominent Republicans in Miami-Dade County to go on record supporting Medicaid expansion. She also supports a robust and evidence-based response to the Zika virus and has pledged to direct bond money towards primary care, prevention, and healthcare access — all priority issues for the resident doctors training at South Florida’s largest safety-net hospital.
CIR joins several other unions and community organizations in their endorsement of Raquel Regalado and expects that having Regalado as mayor will bring positive changes for healthcare providers, patients, and the community.
Founded in 1957, the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare) is the oldest and largest housestaff union in the U.S., representing more than 14,000 physicians in public and private teaching hospitals across the country. CIR empowers resident physicians to have a voice in their employment and training and to be advocates for their patients.