Petitions oppose changing Covington Hospital management

Dozens of petitions are being circulated in Covington County, calling on county officials to vote against a new management team for the county-owned hospital.

The hospital's board of trustees recently approved Pioneer Health of Magee as the new billing manager for the financially struggling medical facility in Collins.

Organizers of the petition drive say more than 1,300 signatures have been gathered and will be presented to the supervisors at their next meeting September 28.

We are told organizers want Rural Health Developers of Belzoni to take over the management role of the hospital.  The petition does not address the management of the yet-to-be-opened nursing home, which trustees gave to Dry Creek Management of Mt. Olive.