February is Heart Month: Hug Your Heart

February is Heart Month: Hug Your Heart

You may be socially distancing these days due to the pandemic, but you can always GIVE YOUR HEART A HUG by taking small steps to follow a healthy lifestyle. Heart healthy hugs, such as the ones listed below, help prevent disease and lower your risk for heart attack and stroke. 

Take our heart risk assessment by clicking on the button below. 

Recent News at Forrest General

Each year thousands of people suffer from Pulmonary Embolism (PE), a potentially life-threatening condition where one or more of the arteries in the lungs is blocked by a blood clot. Forrest General is now offering advanced treatment for this condition using the Inari FlowTriever®️ device, the first mechanical thrombectomy device awarded an FDA approval for Pulmonary Embolism. The potential benefits of this non-surgical, single-session treatment, which removes blood clots, may eliminate the need for an ICU stay and clot-busting drugs in patients suffering from PE. The Interventional Cardiologists of Forrest General’s Heart and Vascular Services are proud to be the first to perform a FlowTriever in Hattiesburg.

Forrest General Physical Therapist One of Two in Region With Special Stroke Certification

Physical Therapist Kristi Hatten, right, walks down the hall with patient Laura Broome one last time prior to Broome’s discharge from the hospital on Thursday. 

Kristi Hatten, PT, DPT, CSRS, recently added a new credential to her name – CSRS – which stands for Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist. Hatten is one of two in the region with this special certification.
“At the end of the day when I walk out of here, I know I am part of a good team. We’re part of real stories; we’re changing lives. That’s why I’m here,” Hatten said. Congratulations, Kristi!

Forrest General Provides Life-Saving
Infusion for Young Patient

On most days, Ashton Morgan is a normal, cheerful two-year old. But, every two-weeks he spends his day at Forrest General’s Radiology Department. Ever since Morgan was two weeks old, his family traveled to Jackson so he could receive life-saving infusion treatments.

When the commute put a strain on the family, FGH staff members took matters into their own hands. Dr. Todd Benton, pediatrician, and Shannon Vega, RN, Patient Care Manager-Radiology, did countless hours of research so Morgan could receive the care he needed closest to home.

Since fall of 2020, Morgan has been receiving his care at Forrest General and has been spreading joy and laughter to everyone he meets.

          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 forrestgeneral.com. 
HOURS for Forrest Health Engagement Center/Spirit of Women phone are: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thomas to Officiate
Super Bowl Game

In 2015, Forrest General’s Spirit of Women and the University of Southern Mississippi hosted the seventh annual “Football 101: Chalk Talk for Women” event. Attendees enjoyed hearing from guest speaker, Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first permanent female referee.
Now, Thomas is making history as the first woman ever to referee a Super Bowl!
Spirit of Women coordinator Kathy Emmons Walker remembers that the crowd loved her at Football 101. “She said that she always tucked her hair under her cap, and the players were always shocked when she removed her hat,” Walker said. “She officiated the last Saints game of the season recently but had her ponytail showing. “
Congratulations, Sarah!

Beauty in the Community: Making a Difference in 2022

2022 is the year of giving back! This year, the Forrest General Spirit Girls program will be hosting Beauty in the Community: Making a Difference in 2022. The Spirit Girls are inviting the community to donate gently used formal gowns, shoes, accessories, and storage bins for the 2022 Annual Prom-A-Palooza Event. Storage bins will be used to store gowns and accessories for the following year. They will be accepting donations starting February 1 through March 1. Donations can be dropped off in the Marketing and Communications office located in the Support Services Building at 125 South 28th Avenue, Hattiesburg. Stay up-to-date on Spirit Girls volunteer events and more by visiting their Facebook page @FGHSpiritGirls or follow them on Instagram at @fghspiritgirls. For questions, email Tyra Willamor, Spirit Girls and Sweeteas Coordinator, at tyra.willamor@forrestgeneral.com or call 601-288-1302. 

Other Announcements

February is Heart Month!

February is Heart Month; and it’s time to give your heart a hug! Through having good exercise habits to eating heart healthy foods, you can take steps to improve your heart health. You are never too old or too young to being taking care of your heart. Taking small steps to follow a healthy lifestyle at any age can help prevent heart disease, and lower your risk for a heart attack or stroke. Click on “Learn More” to get more tips on how to improve your heart health. 

Happy Valentine's Day from C.A.R.E.ing Expressions

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 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 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!

Rewards Partner Announcements

Zoom with OLLI at Southern Miss!

Details on membership and the spring class offerings are available at www.usm.edu/lifelong-learning. For more information, call 601-264-2780.


Pre-Order for Valentine's Day! For cupcakes and cookie custom orders, email us at smallcakes39402@gmail.com or call 601-408-7942 for an order form. 

Hug Your Heart: Recipe Edition, Black Bean Brownies


115 calories | 5.5g total fat | 15g carbohydrates | 3g fiber | 2.5g protein