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For Miami-Dade mayor, no extra power over Jackson Health System

Miami Herald, March 4, 2010

County commissioners rejected Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez's attempt to seize control of Jackson Health System, but called for swift action from the public hospital's leadership to address its financial crisis. The proposed ordinance sought to push aside the current 16 board members of the Public Health Trust, which governs Jackson, and create a seven-person emergency board appointed solely by the county mayor. Jackson is expected to lose $229 million this year unless Jackson Chief Executive Eneida Roldan imposes steep cuts. Roldan said that she would call a special meeting of the Public Health Trust for March 5 to reveal details of her proposal, including jobs and service cuts, the Miami Herald reports.