Jackson Health System board seeking two new members

04/03/2014 5:18 PM

04/03/2014 5:20 PM

For the second time in eight months, the board that runs Jackson Health System is attempting to fill a vacancy on the seven-member panel that governs Miami-Dade’s $1.5 billion-a-year public hospital network.

The board, which has met for nearly a year without all the seats filled, will begin soliciting applications this week from Miami-Dade residents who want to serve on the Public Health Trust.

Advertisements will be posted beginning April 6, with applications due by 2 p.m. on April 21.

In August, three finalists were selected but never recommended to Miami-Dade commissioners for final approval. The finalists will be invited to reapply, according to a record of the nominating committee’s March 31 meeting.

The board’s effort last year stalled after the nominating committee’s preferred candidate, Jose Ramon Mas, chief executive of the engineering and construction firm MasTec, withdrew his application due to a potential conflict of interest because his brother serves on a competing hospital’s governing board.

The vacancy was created when a trustee, Stephen Nuell , resigned in May amid a Miami-Dade ethics investigation. The nominating committee will also be looking to fill another expected vacancy that will open up in June when a current member’s term expires.

The nominating committee will meet May 14 to review applications and select finalists, with interviews on May 19. The County Commission ultimately will select and appoint the board members, most likely in the summer.

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