The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce recently awarded its annual Sand in My Shoes Award to Carlos Migoya, the president and CEO of Jackson Health System who saw the hospital revitalized through a project that required campaigning for taxpayer support.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce said in a release on its website that it selected Migoya for the Sand in My Shoes award based on his commitment to the South Florida region.
Migoya campaigned hard to get approval for the revitalization project, with required voters to approve an $830 million debt bond. The hospital has since seen four straight years of surplus, earning $62 million in 2015, the release said.
“The way he explained to the voters how important our hospital was, he stood there, stood his ground, he answered tough and difficult questions,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson said in the release. “He was able to convince the public of his commitment.”
Joe Arriola, chairman of the Public Health Trust the board that governs Jackson, said he pushed for Migoya to get the top job at Jackson, the release said.
“People wanted to hire a former county manager. They brought some doctors from New York,” Arriola said in the release. “I think it was an absolute no brainier to hire him and why was because we needed a businessman with very strong financial knowledge. It was not about medicine. I got a lot of criticism for pushing him but it was the best decision we ever made.”