At least the cli­mate is sunny

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Look­ing for a new chal­lenge?

Do you en­joy: Work­ing in the spot­light? Lead­ing a pack of ag­gres­sive pro­fes­sion­als? Learn­ing on the job with lit­tle mar­gin for er­ror? Does the job of cir­cus lion tamer not sound ex­cit­ing enough to you? Then you might be in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for a new job in sunny Mi­ami, where one of the nation’s largest pub­licly run health­care sys­tems, Jack­son Health Sys­tem, is look­ing for a new pres­i­dent and CEO.

What makes the job so hard? Let’s start with the fi­nances. The sys­tem had to make an em­bar­rass­ing neg­a­tive ad­just­ment to its pro­jected op­er­at­ing loss for this year, to $244 mil­lion, af­ter Jack­son of­fi­cials ac­knowl­edged they didn’t ac­tu­ally know how much money they were owed. (Note to ap­pli­cants: Make sure you ask about Jack­son’s unique line-item, the “net pa­tient rev­enue ad­just­ment.”)

On the ex­pen­di­tures side, con­sider that in 2004 when a union didn’t get the pay raises it wanted from the hos­pi­tal’s Pub­lic Health Trust gov­ern­ing body, la­bor lead­ers went above their heads—and won. The (pub­licly elected) Mi­ami-Dade County Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers gave the union higher raises than the hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion rec­om­mended, in a sys­tem that al­ready spent up to 56% of op­er­at­ing ex­penses on la­bor.

And think about the peo­ple you have to please: more than two-dozen var­i­ously elected and ap­pointed mem­bers of the Pub­lic Health Trust and the Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers, along with the Mi­amiDade county man­ager and the mayor of Mi­ami.

So to re­view: You can’t con­trol your in­come or ex­penses, and you have enough bosses to en­sure that some­one will al­ways dis­ap­prove of your work.

If you want to know just how fun it can all be, just ask Eneida Roldan, CEO since 2009, who an­nounced last month she wasn’t in­ter­ested in re­new­ing her con­tract. Some­thing about con­stant scru­tiny was men­tioned.

The job cur­rently pays $665,000 a year. Jack­son Health is an equal op­por­tu­nity em­ployer.

It may be in Mi­ami, but this job is no day at the beach.

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