Mask Up, Hattiesburg!

Have you masked up? If so, we want to see your photos! Post your photos on Facebook and/or Instagram and use the hashtags #MASKUPHBURG and #MaskUpMississippi. You can also use the Facebook frame on your profile picture!

We are proud to join with the City of Hattiesburg, and other organizations in the Pine Belt to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through #MASKUPHBURG.  

Did you know there are right ways and wrong ways to wear a mask? Be sure to wear yours correctly for maximum protection. Here are a few of the CDC standards on wearing a face covering:

• Wash your hands before putting on your face covering;
• Put it over your nose AND mouth and secure it under your chin;
• Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face;
• Make sure you can breathe easily;
• Don’t put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead;
• Don’t touch the face cover, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect;

Click on the button below to learn more about mask guidelines. 

Hattiesburg Woman Helps Supply Forrest General Milk Depot

Everyone’s journey during this pandemic is different; from volunteering to donating, we have experienced our community members give back to others now more than ever. One of those people is Coty Scott, who has been donating excess breast milk to Forrest General’s Milk Depot. With the demand for human donor milk being on the rise, her donations help premature or sick babies get the nutrients they need.  For more information call 601-939-5504. 

Orthopedic Patients Benefit from Advanced Technology & Experienced Physicians

For over 8 years, Forrest General Hospital and The Orthopedic Institute have been performing MAKO® Robotic Arm-Assisted surgeries, providing relief to hundreds of patients suffering from joint pain of the knees and hips. The innovative procedure, known as MAKO®plasty, translates to shortened hospital stays and a faster functional recovery, according to a study published in The Bone and Joint Journal. (2018;100-B:930-7).

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Forrest General Home Care of Marion General Awarded Superior Performer Status

Forrest General Home Care of Marion General has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score ranked in the top 20 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2019 calendar year.

A presentation recognizing this accomplishment was held Wednesday, July 15, at the home care office in Columbia.

According to Leslie Masters, RN, director of Forrest General Home Care, as a team, this group has the common vision of having patients who are beyond satisfied. “The caring, knowledgeable staff keeps the Forrest Health We C.A.R.E. values in the forefront of their mind and actions,” she said. “We are on a mission to do what is best for our patients.”

For more information about the SHPBest™ awards program, including methodology and award recipient lists, visit

For more information about Forrest Health Home Care Services, visit

CAPTION: From left, Leslie Masters, RN, director of Forrest General Home Care; Kelly Franklin, RN, Patient Clinical manager, Marion County office; and Forrest General VP/CNO Phyllis Chambers Berry, DNP, RN, NE-BC, accepted the SHPBest™ award during a reception at the Marion County office in Columbia.

Are You Cleaning Safely?

In June, the Centers for Disease Control reported findings from a study indicating about 1 in 3 adults used chemicals or disinfectants unsafely while trying to protect against COVID-19. 

Additionally, there has been an increase in the numbers of call to poison centers related to cleaners and disinfectants. 

Below are a few safety tips provided by the CDC for “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home: Everyday Steps and Extra Steps When Someone is Sick,” as well as the EPA’s 6 steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use.

There are additional recommendations for those with households with people who are home due to illness: “Cleaning and Disinfection for Households; Interim Recommendations for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)”

  • For routine cleaning, wear reusable or disposable gloves.
  • Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, counters, phones, keyboards, toilets, sink, faucets, etc. 
  • Clean surface using soap and water, then disinfect.
  • Always read and follow the directions on the product labels to ensure safe and effective use. 
  • Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards. 
  • Ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Use no more than the amount recommended on the label.
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label).
  • Avoid mixing chemical products.
  • Label diluted cleaning solutions.
  • Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets
  • You should never eat, drink, breathe, or inject these products into your body or apply directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm. Do not wipe or bathe pets with these products or any other products that are not approved for animal use. 

Spread the Word, Not the Germs! Expressions Gift Shop 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 from Expressions! Flowers, candy, cards and balloons make a great “Get Well Soon,” gift, or think outside of the box with candles, decorative items, or other decor and beauty items from the gift shop!

The best part is that you don’t even have to leave work or home. Shop online at 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!

          Do you want to join Spirit of Women?
   Do you need a new keytag?  Do you need to update
 your address?  Simply call Spirit of Women at 601-288-4968 or go online to 
HOURS for Forrest Health Engagement Center/Spirit of Women phone are: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rewards Partner Announcements

We have our next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge beginning August 23. Last day to register is August 20th. It will be our last Challenge of 2020! Next one will not happen until January 2021. You can register at 

Our General Class is still on hold due to social distance protocols set for Hattiesburg. Meanwhile enjoy retired discounts on Vietri, Simon Pearce, Corkcicle, and more. We are closing out All-Clad, which means it is all discounted!

Other Announcements and Information

Right now, the world looks a little different. Due to the unexpected events and hecticness of this year, the Sweeteas 2020-2021 program has been paused. Forrest General prioritizes the health of our moms and their kids.

 So, we want to see you playing outside, reading, playing games, talking to loved ones, and having fun with your families! We love every one of our girls, and we are looking forward to seeing them again!

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Monthly Recipe

Apple & Cabbage Salad

Nutritional Info Per Serving

130 calories | 4.5g total fat | 3g protein | 21g carbohydrates | 3mg cholesterol | 180mg sodium | 3g dietary fiber
Makes 4 servings


2 large sweet apples, such as Pink Lady or Gala, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks, unpeeled.
2 cups shredded red cabbage
2 celery stalks, trimmed and diced
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons sliced almonds


  1. Combine apples, cabbage, and celery in a bowl.
  2. Toss gently but well
  3. Stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, orange juice, curry powder, honey, salt, and pepper in a cup.
  4. Spoon over salad and mix gently but well. 
  5. Sprinkle on almonds and toss again.
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