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Mississippi hospital crisis tour sheds light on dire situation



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Mississippi’s healthcare system challenges will be the focal point of a state-wide tour involving elected officials, healthcare professionals, and local leaders. From Greenville to Gulfport, they aim to spread awareness of the deteriorating state of hospitals.

Stark evidence of the strain is visible with nearly half of the state’s hospitals teetering on the brink of closure. Specifically, 25 of the total 74 face an immediate threat of shutting down. Local communities across Mississippi are bearing the brunt:

  • Jackson is grappling with a decision by St. Dominic’s Hospital to shut down its behavioral health unit, which led to the loss of 157 jobs. This has further intensified fears of a looming mental health crisis in the region.
  • Tupelo’s North MS Medical Center has made public announcements about impending layoffs. Additionally, employees are bracing for reduced work hours or reassignments to different roles.
  • Greenville stands out as one of the hardest-hit areas by the healthcare challenges.
  • Gulfport Memorial Hospital has also made tough decisions, laying off a staggering 90 employees recently.

The state-wide tour’s primary objective is to illuminate the wide-reaching impacts of the healthcare crisis, emphasizing its ripple effects across various parts of Mississippi.

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