It’s not easy for Jackson Health System to come to terms with the realization that what has worked for more than 30 years is no longer applicable by today’s standards. The late great Michael Jackson asks each of us to “take a look at the man-in-the mirror and do we like what we see!” And, if the answer is “no” then what are we going to do about it?”
For Jackson Health System to look at itself in the mirror and then commit to change is the first step in healing itself. Nobody said it would be easy or that it would feel good but in everybody’s heart of hearts, they knew that it would be a painful but necessary process, if indeed Jackson wanted to stop the bleeding and fight for its very existence.
While Jackson Health System is in better fiscal health than it was six months ago, it is still receiving oxygen and cannot quite breathe on its own but it’s getting better and better as each day pass, but do not be deceived, Jackson has an insurmountable mountain, yet to climb.
According to Jackson’s own fiscal report, the system is projected to be below 10 days of cash on hand for June, July and August. With that starling fact staring them in the face, Jackson does not have the luxury of waiting for a planned day-long retreat on June 22 to discuss strategy. (Exactly what will the finance department do in the meantime while Jackson continues to bleed with overruns?)
Unfortunately, emergency or critical care does not take a holiday. The operations of Jackson is not going to be placed on hold while Chief Financial Officer Mark Knight, Carlos Migoya and others decide what if anything can be done to slow down expenditures and speed up the flow of revenue.
In an effort to continue to be one of the premier health facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe County, Jackson should sponsor low or no cost health fairs throughout the community to highlight the latest medical breakthrough’s and the advantages of receiving healthcare from Jackson Health System.
Also, Jackson should absolutely take advantage of the far reaching power of the internet via Facebook, twitter and last but not least and perhaps the most powerful, “you-tube.” Jackson Health System should have a continuous up-dated video of the nuances of their operation and its value to the immediate as well as surrounding communities.
Jackson Health System should always beware of any grants, public or private that would benefit both the hospital as well as the community. Jackson should always be in a fund raising mode and take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself as a vehicle in that direction.
Jackson should also seek out volunteers that can fill the void in Human Resources and other departments that require skills in administration, computers, etc.; Jackson would be surprised how many people would volunteer their time while seeking employment or retired senior executives who would be willing to offer several meaningful hours a week.
Jackson Health System should have a roadmap with graphs and charts to do a comparison analysis of where it was a year ago; where it is today and where it hopes to be a year, five years and ten years from now; with a best practice model and mentors to ultimately help them to achieve their goals.
Moving forward however, Jackson Health System must adhere to strict rules and regulations as well as checks and balances, so that the situation that they find themselves in today will never happen again.
Jackson Health System can correct itself and come out as an institution worthy of the title, “The Crown Jewel of the Community!” but it needs to keep its “eyes on the prize!”
Good luck to you, Jackson! And “God Bless Every Hand that Plays a Part in Keeping Jackson Health System Moving into the Future and Beyond!”
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