After narrowing its international list of CEO applicants to three, the trustees of Jackson Health System in Miami have decided to offer the top job at one of the nations largest public hospital systems to an insider, Eneida Roldan. The appointment is pending negotiations.
The Public Health Trust voted April 17 to offer the job to Roldan, who is the interim president and chief operating officer of the four-campus system. Though Roldan began her executive career with Jackson in 2008, she first worked for the public system in 1981 as a resident in anatomic and clinical pathology, and later as a fellow in pediatric pathology in 1985 at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Roldan, a physician, received her MBA in 2003 and has held various executive positions since then, including two years as CEO of Metropolitan Hospital of Miami, where she executed the for-profit hospitals reorganization and sale under Chapter 11 bankruptcy from the previous owner, the not-for-profit Pan American Hospital.
Roldans resume also includes a stint in 2005 as healthcare liaison for Florida state Rep. Julio Robaina, for whom she developed Medicaid reform proposals. Jackson is the largest Medicaid provider in Florida, and has been hard-hit by state budget cuts, losing more than $7 million in Medicaid funding through a midyear budget amendment in January.
Two top executives from Midwestern hospitals were among the three finalists for the Jackson CEO job, which became vacant after Marvin OQuinn left last October to become an executive vice president with Catholic Healthcare West.