Amid probes over finances, Jackson Health exec leaving
Beset by investigations, Jackson Health System in Miami is losing its top executive, Eneida Roldan, after 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 1,765 beds in five hospitals, in February announced it had revised its estimated 2010 budget deficit to more than $200 million from $46 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 bonds 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 provide care for patients from abroad.