MIAMI — The Jackson Health System announced that “the vast majority” of rooms at its flagship Jackson memorial Hospital will become private rooms by early 2012.

The switch is said to be in keeping with the health system’s moves to transform itself in the wake of large financial losses.

The announcement added. “Patients, regardless of their ability to pay, will be afforded the comfort of an individual room.”

According to Jackson, private rooms are “a medical best practice that can help reduce cross-contamination and infection in the hospital, while ensuring that patients have privacy as they recover.”

The system is expecting that it will also reduce time it takes hospital employees to match compatible patients in shared rooms.

“There is no question that Jackson provides the best health care in South Florida but we also want to provide the best and most comfortable experience for all patients during their hospital stay,” Carlos A. Migoya, Jackson’s president/CEO said in the statement.

“Treating patients like guests is one of the many steps we are taking to make Jackson the hospital of choice in South Florida,” he said.

According to Jackson, no major capital investment is needed to switch to private rooms and it will not reduce the number of patients who can be treated.

The statement said Jackson is also implementing operational changes that will allow for many patients to be discharged more quickly, thus reducing the number of days each patient needs a room. 

The change to private rooms is limited to Jackson Memorial and will not extend to intensive care units as yet. Officials will monitor the results to determine whether it should be extended to other facilities.