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Not sure where to leave this so this is as good as any.
I understand that Ted Cain is selling Stone County Hospital to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.
Rumblings have been around for quite a while but a person I spoke to recently confirmed it. Not sure if all the paperwork has been signed yet.
The main reason that I am posting this info is because I believe it may affect Doug’s area of residence.
I have heard a couple of reasons for the transaction but I don’t want to speculate at this time as some of them are pretty personal.
I guess the only direction that MHG can spread is north and the addition will cut off the referrals that were heading to Hattiesburg from Wiggins.
Doug I’m sure that I’m not the only one who knows some of this information and would enjoy hearing some of the conversations from Wiggins.
That is something I had not heard but a topic I would certainly be interested in.
To understand rural healthcare here means understanding where the primary care docs that staff the major clinics practice. The Doc that won the Stone Co Enterprise’s peoples choice award has hospital privileges at George Co Regional which is now affiliated with the Singing River System.
It would take a major emergency to get any of us to go to Stone Co Hospital. Cain was not big on things like offering basic employee benefits last time I compared notes with someone that worked there though that could have changed through time.
The Hattiesburg clinic, which is affiliated with Forrest General, has lost many of their patients to the Peoples choice Doc. Merit (Hattiesburg Methodist) closed their clinic in Wiggins.
At the end of the day this means Memorial and SRHS will battle it out in Stone County moreso that Memorial-Forrest General.
I have a thorough understanding of how Critical Access Hospitals work. The battle has been on since SCH opened with all surrounding hospitals trying to get the referrals.
It will be kind of interesting to see the ambulances drive right past Garden Park on the way to MHG. Yes I do know that MHG is a nonprofit and Garden Park is a for profit but try and explain that to a family that has a person in critical condition.
Actually, MHG was in the process of buying Garden Park back in the 90’s until GP’s books showed some problems that were so “interesting” that the deal was called off. Shortly after that GP decided to go all in and build a new hospital at a more ideal location.
I will not publicly disclose all that I know regarding both hospitals as I do respect the fact that I was exposed to certain information while employed there.
I will say that when the hospital first reopened in Wiggins there was a certain uplifting spirit displayed by the new employees but I it didn’t last forever. The atmosphere and lack of certain benefits definitely played a role in the short lived jubilance.
When the deal goes through the employees may be shocked when they learn of the lack of retirement plans from MHG.
Doug-Have you had an opportunity to shake some trees in Stone County yet?
Kind of surprised at the lack of chatter up there. Some of the doctors on the coast are discussing there new roles, but they are worse than hairdressers and bartenders when it comes to gossiping.
If/when it goes through(knowing Ted anything can change in a second) I hope the employees up there are treated well. The ones I used to know took to a lot of pride in treating their neighbors.
You can email me directly to set up a time to talk if you like.
There is someone I normally see at the gym who hasn’t been this week. Maybe tomorrow morning.
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