Singing River Hospital System
The Singing River Hospital System (SRHS) began in 1931 as Jackson County Hospital.
The facility was the first community owned and operated hospital in Mississippi, and had 23 beds. SRHS
has evolved steadily and significantly over the years. Singing River Hospital now has 415 beds and Ocean
Springs hospital has 126 beds. The Regional Cancer Center (RCC) opened in 1994 on the Singing River
Hospital campus, bringing cancer care to the area for the first time. The hospital system also has a
Level II Trauma Center, a strong cardiac program, including open-heart surgery, a hospice, two ambulatory
surgery centers, and many other ancillary health care service available.
The Regional Cancer Center
The Regional Cancer Center housed at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Mississippi is a new center
established in 1994. It is the only ACOS-certified comprehensive community cancer center with radiation
and medical oncology services in one facility on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In addition to the main facility,
patients can also receive outpatient chemotherapy at Ocean Springs Hospital, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
The goal of the RCC is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care close to home so that oncology
patients are allowed to maintain an optimal level of independence throughout their course of treatment. The
RCC strives to make convenience, timeliness, and information access its most important priorities.
The RCC is the primary provider of radiation oncology care on the Gulf Coast. The Center provides service
to African Americans, low-income and underserved persons residing in both the rural and urban area of four
of Mississippi's largest counties. These counties include George, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson. While these
counties are not the poorest counties in Mississippi, much of the African American population is underserved.
The poorest population is located in the northwest part of the state known as the "Black Belt."
This institution was awarded a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute. Read an excerpt of
the proposal below:
The Mississippi / Alabama Radiation Oncology Research Partnership is formed to establish and
sustain a radiation oncology research program that will address cancer disparities among African Americans
and underserved populations in the Mississippi region.
Equipment installed at this site: Full TELESYNERGY® system using off-the-shelf software on a Windows XP Workstation.