Since September 1, 10 hospitals throughout Mississippi have been out of network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. This affects access to care for patients and their families, puts associate jobs at risk and threatens the economies where the hospitals reside.
The five Jackson hospitals – River Oaks Hospital, Central Mississippi Medical Center, Woman’s Hospital, Madison River Oaks Medical Center and Crossgates River Oaks Hospital -who make up River Oaks Health System are asking community members to stand together and support keeping our hospitals open for the health of our patients and their families.
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 10
- Time: Noon
- Location: River Oaks Hospital in Vision Lobby – 1030 River Oaks Dr., Flowood, MS 39232
On June 25, 2013, without warning or explanation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi (BCBS of MS) sent termination letters to ten Health Management hospitals in the state and has refused to negotiate with us since that time, despite our many attempts.
The hospitals receiving BCBS of MS termination letters included: River Oaks Hospital, Central Mississippi Medical Center, Woman’s Hospital, Madison River Oaks Medical Center, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital, Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Natchez Community Hospital, Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, Tri-Lakes Medical Center and Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center.
Speakers* in order include:
- Dwayne Blaylock, CEO, River Oaks Hospital*
- Emily Oliver, RN, River Oaks Hospital*
- Craig Adams, MD, CMMC*
- Mayor Gary Rhoads, City of Flowood*
*Available for interview after press conference.