Economist Conducts Independent Study on Jackson’s Governance

Economist J. Antonio Villamil, a former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, presented a research report on governance options for Jackson Health System.


“There is no governance structure that directly determines the effectiveness of a healthy system,” according to his report. “There can be no rush to judgment when implementing changes to best assure Jackson’s survival and long-term viability.”

The governance structure of Jackson has been vigorously debated recently and is an issue soon to come before the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

The Washington Economics Group, where Dr. Villamil serves as Principal Economic Advisor, prepared a comprehensive research report examining several possible governance structures for Jackson to consider, including public, for-profit and taxing districts.

“There are no magical governance answers,” Dr. Villamil concluded in his research findings on the highly discussed issue of what governance structure is most appropriate to assure Jackson’s sustainability.

The Washington Economics Group recommends that all stakeholders proceed with careful study and deliberation on the issue of Jackson’s future structure and governance.

The study was commissioned four months ago by the nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals at Jackson Health System who are represented by SEIU Local 1991.

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