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Miami-Dade panel proposed to oversee $830 million in Jackson hospital bonds


An emergency medical professional, an engineer, a real estate developer, a lawyer, an architect, an accountant and a financier.

Those are the types of people a Miami-Dade commissioner is proposing for a citizens’ panel to watch over $830 million in public money approved by voters last year to upgrade Jackson Health System.

The oversight committee proposed by Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson will be made up of nine volunteers with a variety of professional experience, according to a draft ordinance scheduled for a first reading by the full County Commission Feb. 19.

Creating the watchdog committee fulfills a campaign promise made by Edmonson and others during the run-up to November’s referendum on public financing for renovations, equipment upgrades and new construction that Jackson’s leaders believe will attract more insured patients to the county’s public hospital network. Insured patients help pay for the uninsured and indigent patients whom the hospital serves.

More here.