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Supervisor: ‘What we need is a statement from SRHS, Dr. Millette’

Ocean Springs patient worried after Singing River doctor abruptly removed

William Deaton and his wife, Michelle, question why Singing River Health Systems removed Dr. Terry Millette from their practice and worry about what will become of the care for his multiple sclerosis.
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William Deaton and his wife, Michelle, question why Singing River Health Systems removed Dr. Terry Millette from their practice and worry about what will become of the care for his multiple sclerosis.

Members of the audience asked the Jackson County Board of Supervisors on Monday if they ever found out why the county hospital system abruptly ended its association with neurologist Dr. Terry Millette.

At the last supervisors’ meeting, two weeks ago, Supervisor Randy Bosarge called for Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland to resign after hearing impassioned statements from patients of Millette’s about how the hospital system had cut them off from their doctor and mishandled their transition of care. Multiple sclerosis patients, some undergoing infusions with Millette, were being told they needed to be re-evaluated but also were urged to stay with the hospital system.

Bosarge told Eddie Manning and others in the audience Monday that he looked into the Millette issue and wasn’t fully satisfied with what he found.

“I’m under court order. I can’t talk about it,” Bosarge said. “I want to, but I can’t.”

He said he got no direct response from Holland about the resignation, but what he wants to do is urge the SRHS Board of Trustees to open their meetings to public comment, and allow people to express their frustration directly to the hospital and its board.

Ashley Verrett said she was called in on Sunday night and told not to report to work with Dr. Terry Millette's office on Monday.

Supervisor Ken Taylor said after looking into the Millette issue, “It looks like SRHS took a responsible action, but I can’t talk further because of HIPAA (federal health care privacy laws).”

“What we need is a public statement from the hospital,” Taylor said, “and maybe one from Millette.”

On Wednesday evening, Holland issued a statement to the Sun Herald saying the care for Millette’s patients is “ongoing” and encouraging patients who have not checked in with the hospital system to call 228-809-2000. He said the call center has so far handled more than 1,000 issues for Millette’s patients, including referrals, appointments, prescription refills, disability filings, tests and treatments. SRHS is keeping Millette’s office open in the Healthplex, just east of Singing River Hospital, Holland said.

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