Last week, the parent company of three Mississippi hospitals – Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory, Panola Medical Center in Batesville and Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale – filed for bankruptcy. Naturally, this has caused much concern among the patients, staff, physicians and communities that rely on these facilities.
Unfortunately, hospital closures have become a common topic for my letters, and we may see more in the future outside of Baptist. I wish that we could rescue every closing hospital. After all, we are committed to providing quality health care close to home. Yet, our present commitments and responsibilities in our Baptist-partnered communities do not make it possible to extend our resources to multiple additional communities at the same time. But, there are many things that we can do to still help each one of these affected communities.
As Mississippi’s largest health care system, we have successful, high-quality Baptist hospitals, clinics, and ambulatory services able to serve those communities, as needed. We also continue to work with community leaders to meet their needs as best we can. We want our mission that mirrors the threefold ministry of Christ of healing, preaching, and teaching to impact as much of our three-state region as possible.
We’ll continue to monitor this issue, and I’ll let you know of any future developments. In the meantime, let’s pray for the communities affected by this news. We will do all that we can at Baptist to assist them.
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