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