Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, improperly used $33,550 in tax dollars to pay for catering services and limousines for funerals of officials, employees and their relatives between March 2001 and June 2003, according to a report by the Miami-Dade County inspector general's office. In a response to a draft of the report, Jackson Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Marvin O'Quinn, who joined the system after the incidents, said he understood why the inspector general's office deemed such expenses inappropriate. O'Quinn added, "However, it is certainly clear to me that these were acts of compassion provided to individuals who had given much of themselves to Jackson." The report comes as the 1,247-bed hospital, operated by the Public Health Trust, struggles to erase steep losses. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. hospital taken to task for funeral expenses
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