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 Mississippi Gulf Coast, 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 form 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 impacts our profitability and diminishes 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 include:

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.

Process Timeline

Now (mid-October)

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is developed

Mid-October

Release RFP for public bids

Later this year

Begin to receive public bids from interested organizations

Later this year

BOS, Raymond James and SRHS review RFP submissions

Later this year

Determine next steps and additional details needed from interested organizations

Core Considerations

What are we looking for in a partner?

As we work together with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Raymond James to develop the RFP, Singing River Health System would like to include the following qualifications for potential bidding organization:

Financial Stability: A partner that can commit to being a capital partner, pay off or assume bond and pension debt, meet specific financial metrics including $2 billion in annual revenue and continue to invest in Epic, SRHS’s Electronic Health Record system.

Keep Care Local: A partner that can ensure patient care transfers do not have to go outside a 100-mile radius and maintain access to existing service lines in Jackson and Harrison counties such as Cancer Service Growth.

Invest in Our Community: A partner that can align with Singing River’s current mission and values, including not-for-profit status that puts people and our community first and could invest the proceeds of the sale that will directly benefit the health and wellbeing of the residents of Jackson County in Behavioral Health care.

Invest in Our People: A partner that can commit to retaining all Singing River employees in good standing, years of service, total wages, accrued Paid Time Off (PTO), EIA, offer similar or competitive benefits and grow apprenticeship opportunities for future clinicians in our region.

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 happening?

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 September 9th the Jackson County Board of Supervisors (BOS) announced they will proceed with a process that would ultimately result in Singing River Health System becoming fully part of a larger, like-minded healthcare organization. The BOS also announced that they have engaged Raymond James, a third-party healthcare-focused advisory firm, to help facilitate the request for proposal (RFP) process.

We’re excited about what this next chapter might look like for Singing River and look forward to collaborating with Raymond James and the BOS to help determine the qualifications for a potential partner in the RFP process.

Why are we looking for a partner? / How would a partner benefit Singing River Health System patients and the community?

Updated 8/22/2022

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. To accomplish this, we are focused on:

  • 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.

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 and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on July 18, 2022 to formally begin the process.

What are we looking for in a potential partner?

Updated 9/20/2022

As we work together with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Raymond James to develop the RFP, Singing River Health System would like to include the following qualifications for potential bidding organization:

  • Financial Stability: A partner that can commit to being a capital partner, pay off or assume bond and pension debt, meet specific financial metrics including $2 billion in annual revenue and continue to invest in Epic.
  • Keep Care Local: A partner that can ensure patient care transfers do not have to go outside a 100-mile radius and maintain access to existing service lines in Jackson and Harrison counties such as Cancer Service Growth.
  • Invest in Our Community: A partner that can align with Singing River’s current mission and values, including not-for-profit status that puts people and our community first and could invest the proceeds of the sale that will directly benefit the health and wellbeing of the residents of Jackson County in Behavioral Health care.
  • Invest in Our People: A partner that can commit to retaining all Singing River employees in good standing, retain years of service, total wages, accrued Paid Time Off (PTO), EIA, and offer similar or competitive benefits and grow apprenticeship opportunities for future clinicians in our region.

How will this impact services?

Updated 8/22/2022

Our priority continues to be providing exceptional care to our patients and the communities we serve. This process is driven by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and will not impact daily operations or services we deliver. 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.

How will the Pension be protected if the system is no longer County-owned?

Updated 8/22/2022

One of the absolute “non-negotiable” requirements for any potential partner is to honor our commitment to the Pension settlement trust fund. Proceeds from the partnership would go straight into the trust fund to maintain payments for the life of the plan, pursuant to the terms of the settlement.

What were the details of a potential petition?

Updated 9/20/2022

The purpose of a petition would be to request the county hold an election to allow voters to determine whether Jackson County should proceed with Singing River Health System becoming fully part of a larger, like-minded health system or for the hospital to remain independent and remain County-owned. The public had until September 7th to sign a petition that would result in a public vote to sell our health system, but the petition did not reach the required 1,500 registered voter signatures.

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