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Jackson County Board of Supervisors

Jackson County Board of Supervisors

The board is elected by voters in Jackson County, Mississippi. The county is divided into five districts. Supervisors appoint members to the SRHS Board of Trustees from their respective districts. The BoS is responsible for overseeing the SHRS Board of Trustees.

BoS meetings have recently become contentious, as retirees attend each meeting, speak during the public comments portion, and ask questions of the supervisors.  On the advice of Board Attorney Paula Yancey, public comments were limited to three minutes per speaker and questions to the board were barred.

Attorney Billy Guice informed retirees that the board will no longer provide updates regarding BoS actions on the SRHS pension plan, due to the BoS being added to the Almond case.

Barry Cumbest:  District 1, Board President

Melton Harris:  District 2

Mike Mangum:  District 3

Troy Ross:  District 4

John McKay:  District 5

Paula Yancey:  Board Attorney

Billy Guice:  Special Counsel for SRHS matters

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Singing River Health System Board of Trustees

Singing River Health System Board of Trustees

Members are appointed by supervisor for each district and must reside in the district for which they serve. Terms are for five years. The Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff elect hold two non-voting seats on the board.

Board President: Michael J. Heidelberg 1998-2018

Vice President: Michael D. Tolleson 2001-2016

Secretary/Treasurer: Allen L. Cronier 2002-2019

Tommy Leonard 2009-2019

Lawrence H. Cosper 2007-2017

Ira Polk 2010-2020

Scott C. Taylor February 2015 – January 2018

Chief of Staff: Stephen Nunenmacher, MD October 2012 – September 2015

Chief of Staff elect: Hugo Quintana, MD October 2013 – September 2016

Committees

Audit and Compliance Committee

Former Members

Morris Strickland

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Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

Gary Christopher Anderson served as CEO of Singing River Health System from May 1998 until March of 2014. At the time of his exit, his tenure was hailed by members of the Board of Trustees.  It is now known that Anderson left as a result of an $88 million accounting adjustment.

He joined SRHS as the Administrator for System and Support Services in May 1997 and held that position for just over a year before his appointment as CEO.

Anderson came to SRHS by way of his employment at KPMG. There he had served as an auditor and manager from June 1986 – February 1994.

 

 

Connections

Mike Crews:  Former SRHS CFO

Morris Strickland:  Both served on board of Walter Anderson Museum of Art

John McKay:  Anderson was a donor to John McKay

Kevin Holland:  Successor

KPMG: Former employers, continued to keep them on as auditors after becoming CEO

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KPMG

KPMG

KPMG served as auditors for SRHS from 19XX until 2013 when they were replaced by Horne, LLP.  Horne’s examination found that KPMG mis-calculated provision for bad debt to the tune of $88 million. This caused the exit of then CEO Chris Anderson.

SRHS hired Susman Godfrey to sue KPMG in 2014.

Documents

Engagement Letter

 

Connections

SRHS vs. KPMG

Chris Anderson

SRHS Audit Committee

Brunini, Grantham, Grower, & Hewes, PLLC – Local counsel

Taylor McNeel – Local counsel, Brunini

 

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Richard Lucas

Richard Lucas

Lucas has served as Vice President for Communications at SRHS since 19XX.  In his role, he works as spokesperson for the system and is frequent the conduit between the press and SRHS.

Lucas hosts “Live Healthy” on WGUD. The show profiles different aspects of SRHS operations, provides fitness tips, and general wellness.

SRHS hires spin doctors

After the revelation of the pension problems, SRHS hired Nashville based PR firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock.  Jarrard specializes in healthcare crisis management. Unless journalists make the distinction, it is not always obvious whether information is coming from Lucas or from Jarrard.  Certainly, communications prepared by Jarrard are filtered through Lucas to local media.  We think it is important that the public be aware of these facts when reviewing SRHS releases.

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Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock

Kevin Holland:  CEO

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Daniel Coker Horton & Bell

Daniel Coker Horton & Bell

Daniel Coker is currently representing SRHS in a lawsuit against former vendor Jackson County Outsource Group (JCOG).  SRHS alleges that JCOG engaged in over-billing of around $175,000.

JCOG is owned by Gentry Williams, son of SRHS board attorney and usual outside counsel, Roy Williams.

Connections

Celeste Oglesby:  SRHS General Counsel, former associate attorney at Daniel Coker

Jackson County Outsource Group

Gentry Williams

Roy Williams

Brett Williams

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Celeste Oglesby

Celeste Oglesby

Oglesby has served as General Counsel for SRHS since June of 2014. She was previously Senior Counsel for the system from December of 2009 until her promotion.

Oglesby came to SRHS by way of Daniel, Coker, Horton, & Bell where she was an associate attorney.  In late 2014 SRHS retained Daniel Coker to file suit against a former vendor, Jackson County Outsource Group (JCOG).  JCOG is owned by the son of  SRHS’ usual outside counsel and board attorney Roy Williams.  The obvious conflict of interest necessitated the use of another firm.

Litigation
Media Coverage

 

Connections

Stephanie Barnes Taylor:  Predecessor

Audit & Compliance Committee:  Non-voting member

Roy Williams:  Board Attorney, outside counsel

Daniel, Coker, Horton, & Bell: Former employers; SRHS has retained Daniel Coker

Page, Mannino, Peresich, & McDermott: Former employers

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Stephanie Barnes Taylor

Stephanie Barnes Taylor

Taylor served as Chief Legal Office and General Counsel for SRHS from October 2012 – June 2014.  Previously she was in a very similar role with the title of Chief Compliance Officer from March 2004 – September 2012.  Her husband practiced pulmonology at SRHS.

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Celeste Oglesby:  Successor

Audit & Compliance Committee:  Non-voting member

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Nebo Carter

Nebo Carter

Paul “Nebo” Carter served as Chief Human Resources Officer from 19XX until his retirement in 2013. He was also chairman of the Retirement Committee.

Litigation

Carter was added to the Almond complaint in May 2015.

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Kevin Holland:  Current CEO

Chris Anderson:  Former CEO

 

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Lee Bond

Lee Bond

Currently serving as Chief Financial Officer for Singing River Health System. Bond started at SRHS as Executive Director of Finance on March 25, 2013.  He was promoted to CFO one year later after the retirement of Mike Crews.

Bond was previously employed as director of finance at Boyd Gaming.

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Connections

Mike Crews:  Predecessor

Kevin Holland:  Current CEO

Chris Anderson:  Former CEO

Greg Shoemaker: Former Interim CFO