Note: The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson
County) continue to mount. The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories
about the troubled hospital system since November. It is important to
start from the beginning, so JJ is posting stories about this fiasco starting from several weeks ago, to give readers the history of this
The Sun-Herald reported on December 5 that Singing River was stopped from closing down its troubled pension plan. The newspaper reported:
A chancery court judge on Friday temporarily prohibited the Singing River Health System from terminating its employee pension plan.
Judge Jaye Bradley found health system employees and retirees could "suffer irreparable harm and damage" and could be without a legal remedy if the plan were terminated.
The Denham and Barton law firms in Jackson County filed the lawsuit on behalf of Cynthia N. Almond, who contributed to the retirement plan while she worked at Singing River from 1991 through 2007. Attorney Earl Denham told the Sun Herald attorneys hope to recover for beneficiaries about $140 million the pension plan is short and prevent SRHS from paying liquidation expenses from the plan, including attorneys' fees and other costs.
Attorneys who requested the judge's action, called a temporary restraining order, also asked that Singing River be prohibited from destroying any pension-related records or computer entries.
Denham said a hearing in the case is set at 9 a.m. Monday in Bradley's Lucedale courtroom to determine whether the restraining order should remain in place, although Singing River was requesting more time to respond.... Rest of the article.