Wrong im­pres­sion

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

I would like to re­spond to an ar­ti­cle in Mod­ern Health­care (“Amid probes over fi­nances, Jack­son Health exec leav­ing,” Nov. 29, p. 4) that im­plies that my de­ci­sion to not re­new my con­tract as pres­i­dent and CEO of Jack­son Health Sys­tem was due to on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions sur­round­ing the health sys­tem’s fi­nances. My five-page let­ter doc­u­ment­ing my de­ci­sion not to re­new my con­tract de­tails my rea­sons for this very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, and I am dis­heart­ened that those rea­sons were not por­trayed fairly in your ar­ti­cle.

When I was ap­pointed pres­i­dent and CEO of Jack­son Health Sys­tem in June 2009, the sys­tem was al­ready fac­ing a $168 mil­lion deficit. Af­ter an au­dit, that num- ber bal­looned to ap­prox­i­mately $250 mil­lion. Since then, the health sys­tem has been con­tin­u­ously un­der scru­tiny de­spite the fact that we were able to ac­com­plish a turn­around of $150 mil­lion in a few short months. Un­der­stand­ably, sev­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions were launched to ex­plore how Jack­son Health Sys­tem ended up in this predica­ment. The prob­lems that Jack­son is fac­ing are not new and have been on­go­ing for many years, long be­fore I stepped into this role.

As pres­i­dent and CEO, I have led with trans­parency, in­tegrity and hon­esty. But re­cently my per­sonal in­tegrity has been called into ques­tion, and I must draw the line. I am hon­ored to serve as pres­i­dent and CEO of this in­sti­tu­tion, which I have served 14 years in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties. I have worked long and hard to build my rep­u­ta­tion around ethics and hard work. I must also be mind­ful of the im­pact these per­sonal attacks have had on the health sys­tem and my fam­ily.

I al­ways have and al­ways will sup­port Jack­son firmly, and I be­lieve in the crit­i­cal role it plays in our com­mu­nity.

Eneida O. Roldan Pres­i­dent and CEO Jack­son Health Sys­tem



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