DA: Criminal investigation launched against Singing River Health System

DA: Criminal investigation launched against Singing River Health System

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade confirms to WLOX News the Singing River Health System is under a criminal investigation.

She said the district attorney's office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state auditor's office are all involved in the investigation.

SRHS has been under constant fire since it was made public that the health system stopped paying into its retirees' pension fund in 2009.

"I am glad we have the appropriate agencies involved to make sure our hospital and county resolve this matter appropriately,” said Jackson County Supervisor Troy Ross. “Everyone can be assured this will be resolved."

SRHS spokesman Richard Lucas sent out this press release in response to the investigation:

Singing River Health System has been cooperating and will continue to fully cooperate with any and all reviews and investigations by any governmental entity. We are presently doing so with the State Auditor's Office, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors, and now the District Attorney's Office. We have been and will continue to be completely open and transparent with all reviews and investigations of this or any nature. We are diligently providing all the information requested by these entities, and will continue to do so. If there is any evidence of wrong doing, we want it brought out and handled as quickly and appropriately as possible. The quality of health care provided by the employees and physicians of Singing River Health System remains unchanged.

Aside from this criminal investigation, several civil suits have been filed against the health system to try to recover money lost in its pension fund and financial shortfalls.

Wade said details of this investigation are limited because the case is ongoing.

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