Miller School and Jackson Health System Partners Launch New Era

Like many long relationships, the partnership between the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital has had its ups and downs. But in a meeting with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology last week, Miller School Dean and UHealth CEO Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Jackson Health System President and CEO Eneida O. Roldan, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., announced that their institutions’ 50-plus-year relationship has entered a new phase of harmony and teamwork guaranteed to benefit their joint mission, their staffs and patients everywhere.

“This is a new era,” Dean Goldschmidt said. “The discords and lack of understanding and sometimes non-collegial interaction between organizations are over. We are now in a very positive situation where the leadership of the Jackson Health System, Dr. Eneida Roldan, and myself are getting along and planning a joint future for both organizations and we want you to benefit from that relationship.”

The Dean and Dr. Roldan said they chose to deliver their good-news message to OB/GYN first because the department, one of the busiest in the state, is a Jackson “jewel” and delivers good news about new life every day.

“This is a new day. This is a new era,” Dr. Roldan said. “New life. New birth. One goal. One team.”

Dr. Roldan also introduced new members of her management team, and credited them for their commitment to transparency and values-based leadership.

Michael Butler, M.D., Jackson’s new chief medical officer, acknowledged the challenges of working amid layoffs, cutbacks and diminishing resources, but said University of Miami/Jackson employees are imbued with the imagination, courage and creativity to make things work.

“The talent to move Jackson forward is here in this room, and it’s capable right now,” Dr. Butler said. “Focus on what you can do!”

Leo B. Twiggs, M.D., professor and chairman of OB/GYN, said the redesigned residency program is the fruit of the new cooperative spirit between Jackson and the University and will provide new opportunities.

“Those are very exciting and positive things,” Dr. Twiggs said. “As you know, those are our three missions – patient care, teaching and research.”

Indeed, Dean Goldschmidt predicted, one day soon the reinvigorated partnership will look back at the OB/GYN meeting with pride, and as a turning point in a relationship reborn.

“Being married for 50 years is a long time and people change and you have to adapt,” Dean Goldschmidt said. “The best is yet to come.”

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