Beset by investigations from federal securities regulators, county auditors, and a local grand jury, Jackson Health System in Miami is also losing its top executive, Eneida Roldan, after just two years on the job.
Roldan announced in a five-page letter to the public hospital’s governing board, the Public Health Trust, that she would not renew her two-year contract expiring in June 2011 because of recent pointed inquiries that have questioned her "integrity and moral fiber." "I have been under personal attack since the beginning of my tenure," Roldan wrote.
Jackson Health, which has 1,858 beds spread across five hospitals, shocked the public in February when officials announced the system had revised its estimated 2010 budget deficit from $46 million to more than $200 million. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subsequently opened an investigation, which is ongoing, into what system officials knew about Jackson’s finances when they sold $83 million in revenue bonds to investors in August 2009.
In August 2010, a Miami-Dade grand jury leveled blistering criticism at the system’s financial management. Then, last month, the Miami-Dade inspector general’s office criticized wasteful spending and mismanagement in a Jackson program designed to entice paying healthcare patients from abroad to receive care at Miami’s public hospital.