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Expanding access to care for generations to come.

To ensure continued access to high-quality, comprehensive care in our communities, Singing River Health System has begun a formal process to determine how a partner could help us enhance our services and achieve our mission.

Goals

We are committed to ensuring our patients receive the best possible care and support now and in the future. To accomplish this, we are focused on partnering with a like-minded healthcare organization that will help us achieve our long-term goals.

Care Convenience

Continuing to provide a full range of care services within our communities remains a top priority. We are seeking a partner who increases medical services where patients can stay close to home to receive the treatment they need.

Equipment and Technology

As the industry changes, Singing River is committed to remaining a leader in providing the safest, leading-edge healthcare solutions. To keep up with evolving technology and regulations, investing in hospital equipment and maintenance is crucial.

Equal Access to Care

Our mission is to provide equal access to care at minimal cost, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. We are seeking a partner with a similar care philosophy, ensuring the overall health, security and well-being of all our patients.

Innovation

We are seeking a partner who can support us in making critical investments in our staff, infrastructure and equipment. Staying in lockstep with the latest developments in medical technology is key to offering life-saving innovation and technology to our patients and ensuring the best outcomes.

Why Now

Our Commitment

As a leading healthcare provider in Jackson County and along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi,  we make patient care and safety our highest priority at all times, serving with exceptional levels of compassion, empathy and attention that exceed expectations and forms unbreakable bonds. Patients and their families are our guests. They are the reason we are here.

At Singing River, we play an essential role in our communities by:

  • Focusing on Safety & Quality. All three of our hospitals have achieved an “A” rating for safety and quality, according to Leapfrog, which provides a grading scale for industry standards.
  • Investing in our local community. As the second-largest employer in Jackson County, Singing River is an integral part of the local economy.

The Challenges We Face

The healthcare industry has continually changed over the last decade, with community hospitals like ours facing the strongest headwinds. The increased cost of staffing, equipment and technology impact our profitability and diminish our ability to invest and grow our system of care. As stated in the Raymond James report that was shared at the BOS meeting on July 5th, some of the challenges we face.

Mississippi has the second-lowest overall health ranking in the U.S., the highest poverty rate in the country and an uninsured population significantly above national averages.
Mississippi is one of 12 states that did not adopt a Medicaid expansion, which means the amount of income that would have gone to health systems in our state is slated to decrease, significantly impacting hospitals like Singing River that provide significant care for underinsured and uninsured populations.
Like many community hospitals across the country, Singing River faces staffing shortages and must focus on retaining staff long-term while attracting new talent to serve our communities.

The Decision at Stake

SALE / LEASE

Like-minded Healthcare Partner

“INDEPENDENT” / NO PARTNER

Jackson County Taxpayer Supported

2023

SALE / LEASE
Like-minded Healthcare Partner

Immediate growth opportunities
Long term capital investment

“INDEPENDENT” / NO PARTNER
Jackson County Taxpayer Supported

Labor market challenges

2024

SALE / LEASE
Like-minded Healthcare Partner

Increased scale / purchasing power
No county millage / taxation

“INDEPENDENT” / NO PARTNER
Jackson County Taxpayer Supported

Inevitable service consolidation
County Millage/Taxation required

2025

SALE / LEASE
Like-minded Healthcare Partner

Increased access to Primary and Specialty care
Successful Shift to Value Based Care

“INDEPENDENT” / NO PARTNER
Jackson County Taxpayer Supported

Lack of purchasing power
Increased threats from competitors

2026

SALE / LEASE
Like-minded Healthcare Partner

Negotiating Power with insurers, employers, etc.

“INDEPENDENT” / NO PARTNER
Jackson County Taxpayer Supported

Lack of capital funding impacts care delivery

Core Considerations

What are we looking for in a partner?

At Singing River, we have fostered a unique culture that encourages employees to connect with patients on a personal level. We’re looking for a like-minded partner that will not only permit but enable that patient-focused culture to thrive for years to come.

We are looking for a partner who can help us keep care local. From preventative and wellness care to advanced surgery, we envision a long-term future where patients can stay close to home to receive the treatment they need.

A good fit is contingent on our potential partner valuing our staff and culture, ensuring we cultivate an inclusive environment that improves employee retention and attracts new talent for the next generation of healthcare in our communities.

A partner must share our vision to provide high-quality, equal access to care for our communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers to help you learn more about our partnership exploration process. You can also submit a question of your own in the submission box. We will update this page regularly to answer new questions we receive.

What’s being announced?

On June 1, the Singing River Board of Trustees passed a resolution to pursue a fully integrated model with a like-minded healthcare organization that will invest in and grow our system. On July 18th, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to pursue this path.

We are looking for a partner who shares our vision to expand access to care, recognizes the value of our culture and equips us with the tools to preserve what makes us unique while enhancing our services to better care for our patients.

The next step in the formal process includes the Board of Supervisors holding a public hearing for community input and consideration. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with a like-minded healthcare system to further enhance the health services we’re able to provide to our communities for years to come.

Why are we looking for a partner?

We collaborate with great partners every day and we have found that through partnerships and working together we can achieve more. Our Board and Executive Leadership Team continuously evaluate partnerships and collaborative efforts to ensure the success of our health system for years to come.

Over the last decade, the healthcare industry has continually changed, with community hospitals like ours facing the strongest headwinds. We must adjust to advancements in technology, how we pay and get paid for services, the way we deliver care, and the ongoing challenge of staffing shortages, not to mention the impact of the pandemic.

The Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership Team are exploring all options to secure the best future for local healthcare in Jackson County and along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi while managing the complexities of a constantly evolving healthcare industry. Our goal is to ensure accessible and affordable healthcare in our community for generations to come.

When did we decide to launch this process?

Singing River has a successful history of partnerships, which have served to improve healthcare in our community. Though we have considered this opportunity for some time, the Singing River Health System Board of Trustees formally considered and passed the resolution on June 1, 2022.

What are we looking for in a potential partner?

We are looking for a partner that shares our vision to expand access to care, first and foremost. It is also important for our prospective partner to recognize the value of our culture and equip us with the tools to preserve what makes us unique while enhancing our services to better care for our patients.

How will this impact services?

Our priority continues to be providing exceptional care to our patients and the communities we serve. The partnership exploration process will not impact daily operations or services we deliver, and our priority will continue to be providing excellent care to our patients and the communities we serve.

We are excited to have the opportunity to explore a fully integrated model that will benefit our employees, physicians and advanced practice providers – ensuring the best possible future of healthcare for the residents of Jackson County and along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

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