Jackson Health System, Miami, has decided to cancel a $1.8 million contract with Naples, Fla., financial turnaround firm Qorval, which had planned to appoint an executive named in an alleged criminal conspiracy in Chicago as the South Florida system's temporary restructuring officer.
Barry Dubin was set to become the restructuring officer at Jackson under a contract approved Oct. 13 by the public health system's board, until news media reported two days later that Dubin, 31, was named by prosecutors as being a key figure in a plan to steal from his former employer, Chicago's Republic Windows and Doors, where he worked as chief operating officer until the company's collapse in December 2008.
Jackson Health CEO Eneida Roldan initially said she was going to have Dubin removed from Qorval's six-person turnaround team on Thursday, the same night Modern Healthcare published an online story about Dubin's alleged role at Republic. However Qorval said Monday that it had mutually decided with Jackson to terminate the entire contract, which was to cost $200,000 a month for up to nine months.
“There was mutual agreement that they didn't want that to be a distraction that caused a lack of focus in the community,” Qorval spokeswoman Michelle Ubben said.