Leon Medical Centers, Inc. and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, Inc.
Benjamín León, Jr., a visionary in the health care field, has been making a difference in the lives of seniors and families of Miami-Dade County for more than four decades.
A native of Oriente, Cuba, Mr. León was born on December 4, 1944. The León family emigrated from the island in 1961. Mr. León arrived in Miami at the age of 16 followed by his parents and brother later that same year.
At that time there was a great influx of Cuban immigrants entering Miami. Recognizing that immigrants were having difficulty accessing medical care due to language barriers and an overwhelmed healthcare delivery system in the county, Mr. León’s father, Benjamín León, Sr., together with Mr. Moises Liber, and a group of physicians and professionals founded Miami’s first pre-paid medical center, Clínica Cubana in 1964. Mr. León, Jr. joined his father as the first Director of Member Services at Clínica Cubana, which helped meet the growing community’s healthcare needs.
Clínica Cubana quickly became one of the most respected medical service providers in the county, offering excellence in medical care.
Mr. León, Jr. alongside his father, Mr. León, Sr., founded Clínica Asociación Cubana (CAC) in June 1970 under which the León family worked arduously to introduce the concept of managed care to the State of Florida. The León family became central figures in the development of the original Health Management Organization (HMO) Act of October 1, 1972. On March 6, 1973, Clínica Asociación Cubana was granted the state’s first HMO license (HMO-73-1) becoming a pioneer in the HMO movement in Florida.
His dedication to improving health care delivery also lead Mr. Leon Jr. to participate in national, government-sponsored pilot programs for Medicaid and Medicare to test whether these could be run through managed care organizations.
Mr. León Jr. later established Leon Medical Centers, Inc. (LMC) in 1996, with the mission of honoring the León family’s tradition of improving the quality of life of Medicare recipients and the elderly. LMC was poised to provide unparalleled medical care, compassion, and offer patients a home away from home.
Under Mr. León Jr.’s leadership, LMC has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious healthcare institutions in the State. A model for institutions locally, as well as nationally, LMC is allied with Miami-Dade’s most prominent hospitals, and employs and contracts with top performing physicians, specialists and healthcare professionals. This results in the finest healthcare delivery system in the county, backed by long-standing healthcare entities.
LMC has been hailed a great success throughout the country, offering a wealth of medical specialties all under one roof. The company has received national and local recognition for its focus on patients’ medical needs, and for providing its famed “personal attention at all times.”
Mr. León Jr. established Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, Inc., an HMO with a Medicare Advantage contract, in May 2005. LMC Health Plans, now owned by Cigna-Healthspring, is designed based on the unique needs of the Hispanic community’s Medicare patients in Miami-Dade County.
With more than 2,300 dedicated professionals who serve more than 44,000 Medicare recipients, Leon Medical Centers and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans are redefining the status quo in the industry. LMC and LMC Health Plans offer superior medical care, providing the Medicare population in Miami-Dade County with the dignity, respect, compassion and human kindness that they deserve.