Forrest General Family Birthplace receives Gold Star Safety Facility Status

Forrest General Hospital’s Family Birthplace has been recognized as a Gold Star Safety Facility: For Excellence in Obstetric Hypertension Care for 2020. The award is presented by the Alliance for Innovation for Maternal Health (AIM), a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative. AIM works to reduce preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the United States, working through state and community-based teams to align national, state, and hospital-level quality improvement efforts to improve overall maternal health outcomes. As hypertension is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, the MSPQC Severe Maternal Hypertension project aims to equip every birthing facility and emergency department with the tools necessary to promptly and effectively manage cases of several maternal hypertension to maximize outcomes for mothers and infants. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes. In an article published in the American Journal of Managed Care, among 11 developed countries, the U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries. 

To receive Gold Star status, Forrest General partnered with AIM and the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative whose aim is to promote evidence-based quality improvement initiatives at the hospital and community level to improve birth outcomes across the state. According to Tangela Jackson, director of Women and Children’s Services, the Family Birthplace was recognized for completing a set of maternity safety requirements known as “bundles” and promoting their implementation to ensure consistent maternity care. AIM develops maternal safety bundles and promotes their implementation in all birth facilities to ensure consistent maternity care. “We do everything we can to ensure our mothers have safe pregnancies and safe deliveries,” said Jackson. “This designation reiterates the hospital’s We C.A.R.E. values and mission to do what is best for our patients. We want to make the birthing experience a happy occasion with great outcomes for our families.”

Forrest Health Invests in PRCC Nurse Bridge Program

Forrest Health is making a $90,000 investment in a new LPN to RN bridge program at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County campus. The program will help licensed nurses become registered nurses. Phyllis Chambers-Berry, Chief Nursing Officer at Forrest General Hospital, said a shortage of nursing professionals in the workforce paired with the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a real need for nurses. “This partnership will allow us to grow the nursing field across the Pine Belt and provide jobs to those medical professionals who have the initiative to care for patients,” said ChambersBerry. “The opportunity provides great stepping stones and a quick way for students to begin their nursing careers and graduate, so it’s going to mean a lot to this community.” This joint effort with Forrest General and the PRCC Forrest County campus’ Allied Health and Nursing Programs will benefit the healthcare community as well as PRCC, while ensuring that Pine Belt residents have the best possible nursing care. 

This night and weekend RN program will allow already licensed Practical Nurses to continue their education close to home while increasing the amount of RNs available to the local workforce. “Forrest General has been a great partner to us over the last several years, especially since the pandemic hit,” said PRCC President, Adam Breerwood. “They have worked with us on a variety of initiatives and when they came to us and stressed the importance of needing additional nurses in the area, we were happy to step up. They provided the seed money for us to get this program started. The college is committed to the longevity of the program to continue to provide opportunities to put people to work in our healthcare industry.

C.A.R.E.ing Expressions Gift Shop Delivers

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 from C.A.R.E.ing Expressions! Flowers, candy, cards and balloons make a great “Get Well Soon” gift, or thinking outside of the box with candles, decorative items, or other decor and beauty items from the gift shop!

Forrest General Cancer Center First in State to Use HyperArc Radiotherapy Treatment

The Forrest General Cancer Center is the first in the state to provide Varian HyperArc™ high-definition radiotherapy treatment for patients with brain tumors. A component of the Center’s Varian Edge Linear Accelerator, which went online in 2020, this new wave in stereotactic radiosurgery provides a level of accuracy, speed and streamline planning.  “With HyperArc, we are simplifying the entire process of planning and delivering high quality, precise and efficient cranial radiosurgery,” said Dr. Jason Stanford, PhD, DABR, chief physicist & RSORadiation Oncology. “We use a standard pre-defined set of beam geometry, which improves on treatment time and reduces the possibility for errors because of a more efficient automated process. Patients are constantly monitored during the treatment; however, because there is no manual intervention, therapists don’t have to enter the room which makes for faster treatment, more accuracy, a safer plan and an overall good patient experience.”  One of the challenges physicians faced in the past was the need to bring a patient in once a plan was created to make sure the geometric beams worked, which added an additional visit for the patient. With the automated process, pre-determined beams that are proven, eliminate any uncertainty. That provides a comfort level and assurance, not just for the patient, but for the clinicians as well.  Data for this treatment shows that what was once a 15-minute procedure is now down to 10 to 12 minutes, which is a 20 to 30 percent reduction in treatment time. “To many, that 5 minutes may not be much, but to a patient laying on a table awaiting treatment, that 5 minutes makes a significant difference for them,” Stanford said. One of the unique situations regarding HyperArc is that when combined with the Varian Edge Linear Accelerator it offers physicians much more efficiency and  a more robust treatment.

 “We find this to be beneficial for patients who have multiple brain lesions,” Stanford said. “Some patients, in the past, would need to be treated two or three times for multiple lesions. With this technology, we can automate the process and treatment of multiple lesions at the same time.” Due to the Varian Edge’s high definition, it’s able to conform and shape to the tumor much better.  Not all patients are candidates for the HyperArc treatment as physicians use selective criteria in choosing the appropriate patients for this type of treatment. While there are a few programs in the state that have begun working with similar technology, “Forrest General is the leader in implementing this type of process,” said Stanford. “Our administration and physicians had the foresight and were very much onboard to ensure that we have the most up-to-date technology.

Forrest General Spirit Girls Accepting New Applications for 2021-2022 Program

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Spirit of Women presents Celebrate! with Brandon Chase Welborn

Forrest General Spirit of Women presents Celebrate! a virtual event series featuring floral and event designer, Brandon Chase Welborn. This free virtual series will inspire you to add designer touches to your own celebrations throughout the year. Beginning this month, and continuing throughout the fall, you will not want to miss out on the fun! Be sure to follow Spirit of Women on Facebook to view each episode!

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Grilled Avocado with Veggie Ceviche


In a mixing bowl, combine first seven ingredients. Whisk to combine then season with salt and pepper to taste. To the bowl with the dressing, add the corn kernels, bell pepper, red onion, purple carrots, cauliflower, serrano, and cilantro. Toss to combine, season with more salt and pepper if desired then set aside to marinate at least 15 minutes, up to 1 hour. Brush avocado halves and grill pan generously with oil. Place pan over medium-high heat and add avocados cut side down once pan is smoking. Grill for 2-3 minutes, until grill marks form. Transfer the avocados to a serving plate then fill the cavities with vegetable ceviche. Serve immediately.


  • 3 tbsp organic red wine vinegar 
  • ¼ cup lime juice 
  • ¼ cup orange juice 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  •  ½ of a vegetable bouillon cube,  minced to a powder
  •  2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil,  plus more for greasing 
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 ear of corn, kernels removed 
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
  •  ¼ cup minced red onion 
  • 2 purple carrots, peeled and sliced  into thin coins 
  • 1 cup small diced cauliflower 
  • 1 serrano pepper sliced thin
  •  ¼ cup minced cilantro 4 avocados, halved with pits removed.


Calories: 231 | Fat:18g Carbs: 18g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4.4g  Sodium: 430mg | Protein: 3.2g

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