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SRHS community discussion aimed at mending fences

Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX) Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Jackson County supervisors announced Monday they want to mend any broken relationships and reopen the lines of communication with Singing River Health System's administrators, hospital retirees and the board of trustees. The board plans to do that by holding a community roundtable discussion next Monday morning.

State lawmakers are also invited and the main topic will be the good things going on at the health system. Supervisors said they also want to find ways rebuild the credibility of the healthcare institution.

Tensions have reportedly been brewing between the board and health system officials after supervisors publicly disagreed with the community hospital's proposed plan to fund the retirees' troubled pension fund at 88 percent.

Officials had stopped contributing to the pension in 2010 and now it's underfunded by more than $130 million. Many retirees said their main focus is getting their retirement plan fully funded again. 

The community meeting will be held at the Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula Monday at 8am.

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