Singing River Health System has again been named #1 on the MS Gulf Coast for Overall Hospital and Surgical Care.


Contact: Georgia Storey, 228-382-7045

July 5, 2018     

Sarah Duffey, 228-326-0824




Singing River Health System Ranked Best on MS Coast for Medical Excellence  

1st in Medical Excellence in Overall Medical Care and Surgical Care

Pascagoula, MS –Singing River Health System has been recognized by an independent quality ratings firm as the Number One Provider on the MS Gulf Coast for Medical Excellence in Overall Medical and Surgical Care for 2018 based on key clinical performance measures.  


This distinction along with dozens of others was announced by CareChex®, an information service of Quantros, Inc.   CareChex is an innovative medical quality rating system designed to assist hospitals and health systems in improving the quality of inpatient care and promoting medical excellence to consumers, payers and employers across the US.   Unlike other publicly available quality ratings, CareChex provides a composite evaluation of all components of medical quality including process of care, clinical outcomes and patient experiences.  


Besides the #1 ranking for Medical Excellence on the Gulf Coast, Singing River also garnered top rankings in the region for an additional 36 categories, including Overall Hospital Care, Surgical Care, Cancer Care, Major Cardiac Surgery, Heart Attack Treatment and others.   The system was also named #1 in Mississippi for Patient Safety in Interventional Coronary and Neurological Careand among the top ten percent nationally for Patient Safety in Overall Medical Care.   A complete list of the system’s awards are available on their website at .


“This is a testament to the compassion, skill and commitment that our team of caregivers delivers” said Lee Bond, Chief Executive Officer for Singing River Health System.  “CareChex provides the most statistically accurate quality ratings available in the industry, using publicly reported data to look at all aspects of care.   It is an important quality of life measure for all who live and work here on the coast.”  


Andy Weissberg, SVP Marketing Communications at Quantros noted, “Singing River Health System has demonstrated its ability to provide high quality care to the community it serves.  To receive this many awards for medical excellence and patient safety is an outstanding accomplishment for both the physicians and hospital staff.  We congratulate them on their commitment to delivering high quality, patient‐centered care.”


Additional information about the ratings and those of other providers across the nation can be found online at

Singing River Health System is pleased to announce some of its latest clinical achievements.  Recently, SRHS was awarded the American Stroke Association’s “Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award,” and now it has received another set of quality awards for outstanding healthcare.

The full list of awards received may be found below.


#1 on the MS Gulf Coast for:

Overall Hospital Care

Overall Surgical Care

Cancer Care

Major Cardiac Surgery

General Surgery

Heart Attack Treatment

Spinal Surgery and Hip Fracture Repair


# 1 in Mississippi for:

Interventional Coronary Care Patient Safety

Neurological Patient Safety

Vascular Surgery Patient Safety

Top 10% in the US for:

Overall Medical Care Patient Safety

Cancer Care Patient Safety

Interventional Coronary Care Patient Safety

COPD Medical Excellence



Singing River Health System strives to provide the community with top-notch healthcare and are here to serve you. For more information on these achievements, call 228-382-7045.







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Business of the Week: Edd’s Drive-In

If you live in the Pascagoula-Moss Point area, you have likely enjoyed a meal (or 200) at Edd’s Drive-In. Since 1953, Edd’s has been serving up its famous chili cheeseburgers and handmade milkshakes to loyal patrons and newbies alike. The consistently good food and nostalgic atmosphere keeps people coming back for more.

The original location at 3834 Market Street has kept its retro vibe with the green-striped awning and neon ice cream cone signage. Customers place orders at the walk-up window and usually chat with one another while waiting for pickup.

In 2001, the Foster-Martin family purchased Edd’s and have maintained the quality that customers have come to expect for over 60 years. In 2012, a new location was opened at 19400 Highway 63 in Hurley offering the same menu favorites; plus a few new items, like chicken nuggets and catfish plates.

The next time you are in Pascagoula or Hurley, stop in at Edd’s Drive-In and enjoy a chili dog or chocolate malt.  You know you won’t be disappointed!

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Grand Bay NERR to offer Boater Education Classes this Summer

Do you own a boat or WANT to own a boat?  Do you have a child over age 10 who rides with you on a boat?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you need to take advantage of one of two boater education classes being offered this summer.

The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) in cooperation with the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) will be offering a class on June 20th and July 25th to promote boater education to local citizens. Everyone knows that safety on our waters is an important issue, given the access to water and large number of boaters in our area.

The classes are free of charge and open to the public. A DMR Marine Patrol Officer will be instructing each class. These folks are your friends on and off the water.

You must be at least 10 years of age to receive a certificate of course completion.

Follow this link for more information on these classes and others across the region:

This is all classroom instruction at one of the Jewels of Jackson County: the Grand Bay NERR facility.  See below for address and class dates and times.   Get Salty Safely, Y’all!

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
6005 Bayou Heron Road
Moss Point, MS 39562

Class Date and Time:
June 20, 2018 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM
July 25, 2018 From 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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Smithsonian Water Exhibition Delights Local Audiences

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The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, in cooperation with the Mississippi Humanities Council, continues its exploration of water’s environmental and cultural impact as it hosts the local showing of “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “Water/Ways” will be on view through July 7, 2018.

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center and the surrounding community was expressly chosen by the Mississippi Humanities Council to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. After it leaves Moss Point in early July, the exhibition will travel to five more communities in Mississippi before it returns to the Smithsonian.

“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

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“We are thrilled with the attention Water/Ways is receiving,” said Erin Parker, Programs Manager. More than 130 people attended our opening event and the daily visitor count so far has been wonderful. Parker continued, “We’ve had visitors from as far away as Seattle, Washington to see the exhibition and visit our community. It’s great exposure for the Audubon Center and Moss Point. We’ve had a diversity of programs related to water from different perspectives that are attracting different audiences.”

Upcoming public Saturday programs include “Water/Ways Talk” with Dr. Jim Giesen, Mobile Baykeeper Talk, Writing on the River with Mary Ann O’Gorman, and a DIY Rain Barrel Workshop. Some programs require fees for materials. For a complete listing of related programs, visit the events calendar online at or call 228-475-0825.

“Water/Ways” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more visit,, or Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress and the Mississippi Humanities council.

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First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi Reads to Moss Point Preschoolers

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First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi visited the Moss Point School District Family Education Center this morning to read with a group of preschoolers. After Mayor Mario King made the invitation, MPSD superintendent Dr. Shannon Vincent worked with her staff to organize the event. Deborah Bryant is passionate about early childhood education in Mississippi and travels throughout the state to encourage it.

Preschoolers from Little People Learning Center and Mary’s Little Lambs arrived and waited excitedly. Excel by 5 Chairman Debby Renfroe entertained the children before Carolyn Moore, School Board President and chief professional officer at United Way for Jackson and George Counties, welcomed Mrs. Bryant.

The children listened intently to an interactive story about ice cream, dogs and dinosaurs that taught the importance of sharing, and even sang along with some of the words.

“Excel by 5 in Moss Point was honored to be included in this event with our State’s First Lady,” said Debby Renfroe, Chairman of Excel by 5, Inc. “Many thanks to Mrs. Bryant and the Moss Point School District for recognizing the importance of reading to the preschoolers from some of the wonderful child care centers in our city.”

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Pascagoula River Audubon Center Seeks Christmas Tree Donations

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The site of the tidal marsh restoration project at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point. Photo provided by Mark LaSalle, director of the Center.

If you need to dispose of your live Christmas tree now that the holiday is over, consider donating your tree to restore a local marsh habitat.

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center is seeking donations of live Christmas trees after the holiday season for a project that aims to restore a quarter-acre of tidal marsh in Rhodes Bayou by the Center in Moss Point.

Mark LaSalle, director of the Center, said they have partnered with Jackson County and other agencies to create the restoration project through a five-star urban waters restoration project grant. The tree donations will play a major role in the process.

“Adding the trees will help speed up the process,” LaSalle said. “They will help slow the water down to raise the level of sediment accumulation at the bottom of the marsh.”

Currently, there is a wooden fence outlining the area where the restoration project is taking place, and that is where the donated trees will be placed. The trees will create a barrier to slow down the water to keep it from sediment washing away. The end goal, LaSalle said, is to be able to plant grass in that area within a year or so. 

The restoration project is a result of damage from the area because of saltwater intrusion when historic dredging of the Escatawpa River occurred 50 to 60 years ago. The salt water damaged the fresh-river marsh area and washed the established sediment away. Now, LaSalle said, the Center is helping to restore part of what was lost. 

“We’re happy to honor our wonderful partners and help restore the marsh,” LaSalle Said. “And at the same time we can promote the beautiful tidal marsh habitat.”

LaSalle added that the donated trees need to be as environmentally-friendly as possible – this means they cannot have been flocked, cannot contain ornaments, tinsel or other items and must be live trees (not artificial). The Center hopes to receive anywhere from 50 to 100 trees, but LaSalle said they are happy to take all they can get for the project. Those who would like to donate their trees can drop them off at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center located at 5107 Arthur Street in Moss Point. For more information on the project please call 228-475-0825.

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Birds and Brews

Screen-Shot-2017-12-20-at-3.18.31-PM Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Birds and Brews

December 21 marks the start of the winter season, and the Pascagoula River Audubon Center is celebrating the evening with birds and brews.

From 4 to 7 p.m., participants can enjoy a guided hike to look for and listen to the center’s beloved Great Horned Owl pair, enjoy a solstice bonfire, play seasonal trivia and welcome the official start of winter. The event will also include local beer, wine, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center Programs Manager Erin Parker said the event is an opportunity for members and those who have never been to the center before to experience what the center does in a unique way.

“We always say it’s a really fun date night,” Parker said. “It’s also a nice way for adults to come without having to watch the kids – a great adult-only visit to the Center.”

Parker said participants can drop in at any time during the 4 to 7 p.m. timeframe. In addition, she said the the Great Horned Owl pair is always a great attraction for this annual event.

“This is one of our most popular Birds and Brews events,” Parker said. “The owls are really active in the evening, and it’s fun for people to go out and look at the owls and listen to them.”

In addition to the guided owl tour, participants can also tour the whole Center, including the art show from the Center’s Plein Air Art Festival earlier this year. The artwork is all done by local artists, and each of the pieces was created in the one-day festival.  

Parker said this will be the last event for 2017, and the events will continue on a quarterly basis with different themes beginning in 2018. 

“We’d like to encourage anyone who’s considering visiting the Center for the first time to come out,” Parker said. “It’s a great way to see the Center and interact with staff. We get a lot of members who come to these events, which we love, and we’d also like to encourage new folks to visit as well.”

Prizes are available for winners of the trivia game, and the night will end with a bonfire outside if the weather permits. Parker said the event is set up for those who’d like a more relaxed evening.

“It’s a nice way to kick off the weekend,” Parker said. “You can stop by, relax, and get some downtime before the holidays.”

The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. This event caters to those 21 years of age and older only. For more information, call 228-475-0825.

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Chevron Veterans Employee Network Unveils Memorial, Commissions New Flag

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The Veterans Employee Network at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery hosted a brief ceremony on Nov. 9 to commission a Veterans Memorial and American flag.

The memorial and flag pole were installed at the refinery’s PNC campus earlier this year, and the commissioning ceremony was scheduled to coincide with Veterans Day festivities.

The ceremony included remarks and the raising of the American flag by the Moss Point High School NJROTC Color Guard.

The memorial inscription reads:
This memorial honors all American veterans
who, although separated by generations,
shared a common undeniable goal to valiantly
protect our country’s freedom. The memories
of those brave men and women will continue
to live on wherever and whenever democracy exists.
Chevron salutes our veterans, forever a symbol
of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom.

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BEN Launches High School Mentoring Program

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The Pascagoula Refinery’s Black Employee Network (BEN) recently launched a mentoring program with Moss Point High School (MPHS) for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The mission of the program is to offer students a diverse view of career opportunities available within Chevron. Approximately 160 ninth-graders are participating in the program.

Each month, BEN hosts a career day session at the high school. Chevron volunteers use an interactive activity to explain to the students what their careers entail, and offer advice about how students can pursue the different roles presented.

“We want to make sure we’re giving a broad perspective, so we feature both technical and non-technical elds during the presentations,” explained program organizer Makamba Sackey (process engineer). “So far, there has been phenomenal support from employees and management to support the growth and learning of the youth in our community.”

Special thanks to the following BEN members and re nery employees who have assisted with the mentoring program: Reggie Aaron (Technical), Marcus Coleman (Technical), Kentrell Owens (Technical), Khristine Pizarro (Technical), Stephanie Castleberry (Lab), James Williams II (PSM), Kristin Davis (Technical) Rachelle Lancon (Technical), Josh Boor (Technical), Shane Burns (Technical) and Bruce Chinn (Refinery Manager).

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Santa, Boat Parade and More at Moss Point Christmas by the River

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Moss Point will welcome in the holiday season with Christmas by the River from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The annual event kicks off with Breakfast with Santa provided by Waffle House at 10 a.m. The breakfast is free for children and $5 per adult and includes a free photo with Santa.

Christmas by the River Organizer Becky Jolly Wood said she expects there to be about 300 children at the breakfast and that it’s a great way to start the day-long celebration.

“We try to make it special, we really do,” Jolly Wood said. “It’s something fun for the children.”

At 3 p.m., a land parade will begin at the Southgate Shopping Center. Line up will be at 1:30 p.m. Jolly Wood said it’s an event anyone can be part of – they can decorate their vehicles and join in the line. In addition, Moss Point native Tony Sipp, a Major League Baseball World Series Champion, will be the land parade’s grand marshal. 

Throughout the day, live music will be playing and participants can walk through vendors selling food, drinks and other items. 

“You’ll see people walking around and talking to everyone,” Jolly Wood said. “You can see everyone in the community.”

Additional activities will happen in the evening, starting with the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at the Pallet Mill. From there, one of the main attractions, the lighted boat parade, will start at 6:15 p.m. at the riverfront. 

Jolly Wood said that boat parade participants will be judged, and that the only rule is that they are not allowed to include a live Santa – the last boat in the parade will be reserved for him. There will be three children judges and four or five adult judges, including Tony Sipp, to determine the winners who will receive trophies and gift cards.

This year, there will be a special trophy in the honor of Moss Point resident, business owner and community supporter Wendy McKinney, who passed away earlier this year.

“We are all still grieving,” Jolly Wood said. “She was someone who, if you needed anything, all you needed to do was tell her. We wanted to do something special to remember her.”

After the winners are awarded, Santa will pass out candy and other small gifts for the children. It’s another chance for families to get a free photo of their children with Santa. During this time, the final selection of names chosen to be included in the Moss Point Walk of Fame will also be announced.

To finish out the night, a fireworks show will follow the boat parade.

Jolly Wood said that when it comes down to it, she hopes the event is fun for all families, as they work hard to make it special – especially for the children.

“There’s not one particularly special part of the day,” she said. “I think it’s just about seeing the happiness on all of the children’s faces.”

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