St. Dominic Health Services of Jackson, Miss., has entered into exclusive discussions to join Baton Rouge, La.-based Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. Under the arrangement, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill., would transfer sponsorship of St. Dominic's to the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady congregation.
According to a St. Dominic's press release, the two nonprofit Catholic systems expect to complete the agreement in early 2019.
St. Dominic's traces its Catholic roots to 1946, when the Dominican Sisters of Springfield purchased the secular Jackson Infirmary. Today, St. Dominic Hospital is a 571-bed hospital that anchors the St. Dominic Health Services system. That system also includes a continuing care campus, a network of clinics, physician network, school nurse program, mobile care, foundation and other programming.
By BETSY TAYLOR
When health needs assessments show that access to affordable, healthy foods is an ongoing challenge in communities, health care systems and their area partners are coming up with targeted approaches to get fresh, nutritious foods to those who need it.
Recent efforts include a mobile food market, gardens for growing and then donating veggies, and a hospital-based farmers' market that has the added benefit of creating jobs for young people and giving neighborhood residents a place to get out of their homes and socialize.