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SRHS retirees picket outside meeting with officials

More than two dozen Singing River Health System retirees picketed outside the Grand Magnolia Ballroom where SRHS officials, employees, state lawmakers and supervisors met to discuss ways to promote the good things about the hospitals. (Photo source: WLOX) More than two dozen Singing River Health System retirees picketed outside the Grand Magnolia Ballroom where SRHS officials, employees, state lawmakers and supervisors met to discuss ways to promote the good things about the hospitals. (Photo source: WLOX)
During the meeting, which lasted more than hour, Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland said he and the Board of Trustees accept the criticism and admit there is no perfect solution to this challenge. (Photo source: WLOX) During the meeting, which lasted more than hour, Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland said he and the Board of Trustees accept the criticism and admit there is no perfect solution to this challenge. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

A meeting in Pascagoula aimed at mending broken relationships was met with protests Monday morning. More than two dozen Singing River Health System retirees picketed outside the Grand Magnolia Ballroom where SRHS officials, employees, state lawmakers and supervisors met to discuss ways to promote the good things about the hospitals.

Tension has been brewing between many SRHS and the former employees after the hospital stopped contributing its portion to the retirees' pension five years ago. Hospital leaders never communicated the move until recently. Now the retirement plan is underfunded by more than $130 million.

During the meeting, which lasted more than hour, Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland said he and the Board of Trustees accept the criticism and admit there is no perfect solution to this challenge. He also pointed out the health system's once ailing finances are turning around, and it showed a profit for the past three months as a result of dramatically reducing expenses.   

Holland said the administration has come up with an 88 percent pension plan proposal that is now in the hands of the courts. 

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