No grand jury indictments for Jackson Health System
A scathing, 44-page grand jury report on the near sudden death this year of one of the nation’s largest public hospitals, Jackson Health System in Miami, has recommended sweeping governance changes but no criminal indictments. The public may have been stunned on Feb. 2 when Jackson revised its 2010 budget deficit from $46 million to $203 million, but leaders at the system should not have been, the grand jury report says. System leaders received a consultant’s timeline on June 24, 2008, that said charity-care costs would exceed tax revenue in 2010. The grand jury—which was convened by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office—recommended making the trust independent of the commissioners to remove politics and make the 17-member body more accountable.