After a rocky financial year in 2017, leaders at North Mississippi Health Services see positive signs for 2018.
Daily Journal health reporter Michaela Morris (3:11) joins Emma Kent and Derek Russell on today’s episode to talk about the state of the Tupel0-based hospital system.
Since Jan. 1, the system has received $1 million a month less than anticipated from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi on top of reductions from Medicare and Medicaid. In August, it announced a plan to achieve $31 million in annual savings.
The early results have been good, with a return to profitability during the first month of the new fiscal year. And the system has been able to maintain its strong AA bond rating.
Also on today’s episode, chief photographer Thomas Wells (12:00) talks about his recent photo essay on Blue Springs resident Larry Coker, who operates a sawmill as a hobby.
And Emma talks about a pair of stories she’s recently reported.
Last week, Mississippi State University held a ceremony to mark the opening of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and the Williams Collection of Lincolniana (19:11).
The Grant Library is a $10-million, 21,000-square-foot expansion of Mitchell Memorial Library. Its opening makes MSU one of six universities nationwide to house a presidential library.
Meanwhile, Tupelo School District Superintendent Gearl Loden announced on Tuesday that he plans to retire at the end of the current school year. Emma (24:30) talks about the impact Loden had on a district that was reeling when he was hired in 2012. She also discusses the district’s search for its next leader.