"We have made significant progress," that's what Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland said in an email this week to employees about the health system's pension program funding issues. Holland wrote, "We have made significant progress in recent days to reach some decisions on our pension program,and you'll be receiving more information early next week."
Holland also stated, "this information will include invitations to Town Hall meetings that we will begin undertaking as part of our communication effort to get you as much information as possible. The pension plan remains our highest priority right now, and we will continue working towards its resolution through the holiday period."
SRHS employees and retirees learned several weeks ago the health system had stopped contributing to their retirement plan back in 2009.
On Monday Jackson County Supervisors gave the green light to county officials to negotiate a contract with an out of state financial group in hopes of uncovering and resolving any more money issues at Singing River Health System. SRHS CEO, Kevin Holland, said following that decision that he welcomes the extra oversight and will work with the supervisors on the investigation.
Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris said at this time there is not anything officially on the agenda concerning Singing River Health System for the supervisors' next board meeting which is set for Monday, December 1st. However, he said anyone can address the board during the public comment period during the meeting.