Miami-Dade County

Finalists selected for Jackson Health System board

Six finalists made the short list Wednesday to fill two vacancies on the board that runs Jackson Health System, Miami-Dade’s $1.5 billion-a-year public hospital network.

Finalists will be interviewed Monday by the nine members of the nominating committee for the Public Health Trust that runs Jackson.

Following the interviews, the committee will recommend two candidates for each vacancy to the Miami-Dade County Commission, which ultimately will select and appoint the new hospital board members this summer.

The finalists are, in order of the number of votes received from the nominating committee:

Peter L. Bermont, 69, a financial broker and adviser who chairs the hospital system board’s pension plan subcommittee and is a past board member and chair of Miami Children’s Hospital. He received eight votes.

Irene Lipof, 67, a Miami Dade College professor and current member of the Public Health Trust. She received six votes.

Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale, 73, who has led St. Thomas University since 1994 and previously served on the boards of Palmetto General Hospital and the former Parkway Regional Hospital, now Jackson North Medical Center. He received six votes.

Ralph Patino, 57, an attorney and board member of the Olympia Theater and a member of the Democratic National Finance Committee. He received five votes.

David Perez, 44, a Coral Gables firefighter and labor union president whose late application was accepted by the nominating council. He received five votes.

Daniel Kavanaugh, 80, a retired attorney and former committee counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives. He received four votes.

Mario Artecona, chief executive of Miami Habitat for Humanity and a member of the nominating committee, said he voted for finalists based on professional experience — particularly in financial, legal and healthcare fields — and civic engagement.

Perez, the Coral Gables firefighter, is president of the South Florida Council of Firefighters, which he said helped campaign for the $830 million bond referendum for Jackson that Miami-Dade voters approved in November.

Perez said he hoped to bring his experience as an emergency medical professional to the Jackson board, particularly as it relates to the Affordable Care Act and the role that paramedics play in delivering patients to emergency rooms.

“It’s important for us,’’ he said, “especially at this level to be a part of the conversation.’’

In other Jackson business Wednesday, CEO Carlos Migoya issued a financial report for April showing a $4.3 million budget surplus for the month — twice the budgeted amount — attributed to strong cash collections and more patients for the Miami Transplant Institute, the solid organ transplant team in partnership with the University of Miami.

Migoya reported that April included some unexpected revenues, as well — primarily from a $1.3 million capital reimbursement from Miami-Dade County, and sales-tax revenues dedicated for the hospital that exceeded budget by nearly $1.6 million.

Through the seven months ending April 30, Jackson has earned a surplus of $13.1 million, more than three times over projections of $4.8 million. However, Migoya reported, the expense of Jackson employees’ 5 percent salary contribution for health insurance continues to cause a drag on the budget.

The Public Health Trust meets at 8 a.m. Thursday at Jackson Memorial Hospital to review the annual operating agreement with the University of Miami and committee reports.