Commissioners to reconsider board structure for Jackson Health System (Miami Herald)

December 3, 2012 – Struggling to find the best long-term solution on how Miami-Dade’s public hospitals should be governed, county commissioners are expected Tuesday to reconsider a resolution that a deeply divided commission approved six weeks ago to permanently shrink the Jackson Health System’s governing board to seven members. The motion passed in October, pushed hard by Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, with the key vote 6-5 in favor. Martinez left the commission in November, and as soon as he left the board brought up the issue of reconsidering. Marcos Lapciuc, Jackson board chairman, has urged commissioners to keep the board at seven because it would be “more engaged and more nimble.” Martha Baker, president of SEIU Local 1991, blasted the proposal as a “power grab,” because the majority of the nominating council would be current board members, with the nominees then being approved by the County Commission.

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