BRADENTON, Fla. — The financially ailing Jackson Health System in South Florida could become the latest public nonprofit entity to be taken private despite an ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry believed to be related to bond disclosure issues.

The Boston-based Steward Health Care System LLC, an affiliate of the private-equity group Cerberus Capital Management LP, sent a nonbinding letter of interest on Monday to the board that oversees Jackson, a publicly supported six-hospital system with 2,482 licensed hospital and nursing home beds.

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