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Singing River Health System leaders push for sale of hospital

Gautier, Miss.-based Singing River Health System's administration is asking Jackson County leaders to sell the hospital, which has been owned by the county for almost a century, due to financial troubles, the Sun Herald reported Aug. 18. 

The hospital was valued at $158 million to $238 million by the Jackson, Miss.-based financial services firm Raymond James. 

Hospital executives said not selling the facility could raise countywide taxes by $5 million, resulting in $8.6 million in taxes a year, according to the publication. 

Residents seeking a referendum have 21 days to obtain 1,500 signatures on a petition in favor of a vote. 

Hospital leadership explained the facility's financial burdens, which include a nursing shortage, rising salaries and higher drug prices. 

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