Tupelo-based Eight Days of Hope is gearing up to help people in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
The Daily Journal’s Scott Morris (4:12) spoke with Executive Director Steve Tybor and his wife, Charmaine. Scott joins Derek and Lauren Wood on today’s episode to talk about the efforts of the non-profit and other ways you can help those impacted by the storm.
Eight Days of Hope’s rapid response team is preparing to spend the next two months in Texas. They’re seeking donations of generators, batteries, box fans, extension cords, power tools and cash.
Scott also spoke with leaders at the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Blood Services about their needs as they respond to the disaster.
Also on today’s episode, business editor Dennis Seid (10:08) discusses the upcoming closing of Shockley’s restaurant, which has been a staple in Tupelo for nearly 60 years. It’s best known for its pancakes, bacon, grits, chicken and dumplings and chicken and dressing.
Owner Ruth Ecrement said a combination of factors led to the difficult decision of closing it for good, but she left open a small possibility of re-opening in a different location.
Meanwhile, Michaela Morris (17:16) talks about the challenging financial situation for North Mississippi Health Services, the parent company for Tupelo’s hospital.
Last week, NMMC-Tupelo filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross. The suit accuses the state’s largest commercial insurer of making unilateral contract changes that the hospital says are costing it at least $1 million a month.
The health system’s finances have also been stressed by Medicare changes that have cost it $54 million over the last five years. As a result, it announced late Tuesday a plan to reduce expenses by $31 million – and to raise revenue by $7 million – by the end of 2018. The plan includes closing its 20-bed skilled nursing facility and its Community Health Department, as well as closing seven beds at the Behavioral Health Center.