JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Jackson County supervisor called for the resignation of Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland on Monday. The demand from Supervisor Randy Bossarge came during a discussion about the abrupt firing of Dr. Terry Millette, a long-time neurologist at Singing River Health System.
Millette's patients packed the boardroom and demanded answers about why the hospital severed ties with Millette. The patients praised his care and compassion.
SHRS retirees listened to the patients' complaints and pointed to the upheaval as another example of poor management of the county-owned health system.
"I'm publicly asking Kevin Holland to resign as CEO of Singing River Hospital System," Bossarge told the packed supervisors room.
Bosarge reiterated what he said he told Holland in a meeting several months ago. The District 5 supervisor isn't happy with the direction of the hospital or the leadership of its administration.
"I won't allow any more travesty to happen to Singing River Hospital System as long as I'm on this board and a citizen of this county," Bosarge said.
His comments drew applause from many of the people attending the supervisors' morning meeting.
Last week, SRHS officials said questions about how Millette diagnosed and treated patients with Multiple Sclerosis prompted an internal investigation to review his quality of care.
A statement released by SRHS on Nov. 17 read in part, "We immediately began a review of Dr. Millette's medical activity. During the course of this ongoing review, the decision was made that Dr. Millette would no longer base his practice at Singing River."
SRHS released this statement Monday:
The Singing River Health System Board of Trustees issued this statement shortly after SRHS released its statement:
Patients who spoke at the supervisors meeting described Millette as a caring doctor and a good man. Many said Millette called his patients personally to check on their well being.
His sudden departure has left many worried about their continued care and nervous about having to see different doctors who don't understand their conditions.
County supervisors told the crowd they'll look into why SHRS abruptly ended Millette's contract