Wrapped Up!

Oh (rein)deer, Christmas is here!

Forrest Health’s Spirit of Women wants to help you untangle your holiday stress! We have made all the lists and checked them twice to keep you on track as the countdown to Christmas continues.

Holly Jolly Health Tip 🎄
Don’t break the bank, spend smart and stick to a budget. Spend some time shopping holiday deals, utilize free shipping, and plan early! Remember, the true reason for the season is so much more important than gifts!

United States Senator, Roger Wicker, visits Forrest General Hospital

United States Senator, Roger Wicker (R-MS) visited Forrest General Hospital on Thursday where he toured both the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

“This is a very impressive facility, no question about it,” Wicker said. “In terms of inpatient care, it’s got the highest patient load in the state of Mississippi, which is quite remarkable. I learned a lot of things today and had a lot of information reinforced. The same inflation that is hitting households, the grocery and gasoline budgets of average Americans, is really taking its toll on healthcare facilities like this. So, something is going to have to be done when the reimbursement rate from the insurers, including the federal insurers, is coming in at two and three percent and inflation is 8.9 percent. That can’t be sustained, so it’s something we are going to have to address, and I think probably earlier than later. To me, it’s a short-term need that needs to be handled before the end of the year.”

Pine Belt Residents Support Spirit of Women Drop and Shop

Cozy blankets, fuzzy socks, mittens, beanies, and scarves will be available for patients undergoing treatment at Forrest General Hospital’s Cancer Center, thanks to the kindness of those who participated in the Spirit of Women’s inaugural Drop and Shop.

Drop and Shop was a three-week event where community members were asked to “drop” off new, cozy items at participating local stores and boutiques. In return, the donor received a ticket for a discount or special offer at the participating businesses.

In all, more than 215 items were donated.

Fuel to Fight Cancer 5K Raises $20K to Support Forrest General Cancer Center Patients

More than 200 participants in the inaugural Forrest General Cancer Center Fuel to Fight Cancer 5K didn’t let a little, or a lot, of rain stop their forward progress. The race, which started at the Cancer Center, wound its way through the streets of the Thames Elementary School neighborhood before making its way back to the race start. 

The 5K, held on November 5, raised $20,000 which will be used to support the travel needs of cancer patients as they travel to and from the Hattiesburg facility for treatments. These frequent trips often create both a financial and logistical burden for the patients and their families.

Forrest General Hospital Implements Open Hours for Intensive Care Unit

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At Forrest General Hospital, our number one concern is the patients we serve. However, we recognize the vital role family and friends play in helping their loved ones heal. Because of this, the Forrest General ICU has implemented a 24-hour open visitation policy, with the exception of quiet-time hours, which are 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. During quiet-time hours, all visitors will be asked to step out.

“The well-being of Forrest General’s patients is the most important consideration when making decisions regarding visitors and visiting hours,” said Bryan Buckley, director of Critical Care. “We realize how important it is to have loved ones near, especially in the hospital setting.”

Memory Screenings

Hattiesburg Clinic Memory Center will be offering free memory screenings throughout 2023. If you are age 45 or older, you are eligible to receive this service.

The first screening will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration is now open and is required in advance. Space is limited and sessions fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.

To register for a January screening, contact Memory Center at (601) 268-5620. 

Additional 2023 screening dates are:

  • Thursday, Mar. 9
  • Thursday, May 18
  • Thursday, July 20
  • Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Thursday, Nov. 16

Memory Center is on the sixth floor of Hattiesburg Clinic located at 415 S. 28th Ave. in Hattiesburg. To learn more about Memory Center and its services, click here.


A memory screening is a series of questions and/or tasks that take about 20 minutes to complete. The screening can indicate if someone might benefit from a comprehensive medical evaluation. However, it is not intended to diagnose any illness or replace consultation with a qualified health care provider. Screenings at Memory Center are available on select dates throughout the year.

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Madalene's Moms : Holiday Mini Session


FIRST YEAR: Mondays, 9:30 AM – Dec. 5th and 12th

JUST MOVIN’: Wednesdays, 10:30 AM – Dec. 7th and 14th

TODDLER YEARS: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – Dec. 7th and 14th

Madalene’s Moms classes will continue this winter! Whether you are expecting a new addition or you are adding to the family, we have the perfect class for you!

Online Childbirth Education Classes

Order Online at CAREing Expressions Gift Shop!

CAREing Expressions Delivers: Do you have a loved one in the hospital or a friend who had a baby? Take a few minutes to brighten their day with a gift card from CAREing Expressions! Flowers, candy, cards,  and balloons make a great “Get Well Soon” gift, or think outside the box with candles and decorative or beauty items from the gift shop! 
The best part is you don’t even have to leave work or home. Shop online at giftshop.forrestgeneral.com or call 601-288-4283 to find everything you need and have it delivered anywhere in the hospital, excluding the ICU, at no extra charge!



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