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SRHS finally in the courtroom, but where are the records?

Chancery Court in Jackson County should be jumping this afternoon. Singing River Health System's legal team, attorneys representing health system employees and retirees, retirees following the cases and the media promise to pack the courtroom.

We're not down to the meat of the cases yet, and that is to discover why the Singing River retirement plan failed, who is at fault and who, if anyone, owes damages. No, today attorney Al Hopkins of Gulfport, sitting in as special master, will decide whether Chancery Court Judge Neil Harris should remain on the case.Singing River is asking that Harris recuse himself. Harris is going to let Hopkins make the call, although he probably won't decide today.

We're still awaiting a trove of Singing River records that might shed light on hospital finances. The Sun Herald has requested a modest number of records from Singing River, to no avail.

Attorneys Earl Denham and Harvey Barton, representing retiree Cynthia Almond in one case, have filed two extensive subpoenas for records.

Singing River lawyers are objecting to production of those documents. Subpoenas and arguments involving the records won't be taken up today, we understand.

Why won't the health system just show us business and administrative records? There's a good argument that they are public record.

The Sun Herald has started a document depository of records that have been available. You'll see some records to your right on this page, but this list is more extensive. Look it over. If you can add records, please email me or give me a call at 228-896-2331.

We don't want and can't use any patient records, but I'm sure you already realize this.