Forrest General is proud to partner with other organizations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask reduces the probability of spreading COVID-19 from one person to the other. Wearing one protects you. Wearing one protects others. Help us continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community by wearing a face covering when you are in public. Some of our healthcare providers and members of our community have shown their support by using the hashtags #MASKUPHBURG and #MASKUPMISSISSIPPI. Check out some of the videos on our Facebook page and/or show your support using the Facebook profile frame.

Let's Talk Telehealth

From information-sharing to remote diagnosis, online medicine is quickly altering the way people can receive care. Many healthcare providers are now commonly utilizing virtual visits to treat their well and sick patients. 

Did you know Family Medicine Residency Clinic offers telehealth options for you and your loved ones? All you have to do is call their office and request an appointment via phone or video. A device with a camera is required for a video appointment. 

FMRC will walk you through what services are available and how it works. Get the medical attention you need in the comfort and convenience of your home.  Have questions? Give our team a call at 601-288-5200.  Virtual visits are incredibly efficient and significantly more convenient. Check out some benefits of virtual visits:

  1. Reduces exposure to transmittable viruses and diseases
  2. Easily accessible electronic health records
  3. Remote diagnosis and treatment recommendations
  4. Monitoring of chronically ill patients at home
  5. Immediate after-visit summary with doctor recommendations and additional resources for more information

REMEMBER, ALWAYS GO DIRECTLY TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM if you have chest pain, trouble breathing, are bleeding, or have any other severe symptoms. 

FGH Cardiology performs state's first new & innovative G4 MitraClip procedure

The cardiology team at Forrest General Hospital has successfully performed mitral valve repair using the newly-innovative G4  MitraClip device. This procedure is a minimally invasive treatment option for people with a severe leak in the mitral valve who are too high-risk for traditional open-heart surgery or select heart patients who remain symptomatic despite guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT). The condition, called mitral regurgitation (MR), is one of the most common heart valve diseases.

With this procedure, Forrest General becomes the first in the state to use the new MitraClip™ G4 technology. In January of 2017, Forrest General became the first hospital in Mississippi to treat mitral regurgitation using transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) with MitraClip™ therapy.

“The MitraClip procedure is very important to our high-risk patients who have no other option for improving their health,” said Christopher Douglas, M.D., Hattiesburg Clinic Heart & Vascular. “We are excited to be the first in the state to offer this cutting edge new generation technology to our patients for optimal results.”

A leak in the mitral valve occurs when the leaflets, or flaps, of the mitral valve do not close completely, allowing blood to flow back into the heart as it pumps. The heart has to work harder, as a result, to keep blood flowing and can raise the risk for life-threatening stroke and heart failure. When MR becomes severe, it can profoundly affect a person’s quality-of-life by causing shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms. If left untreated, MR can ultimately lead to heart failure and death.

Taking part in the MitraClip-G4 repair procedure were, from left, Philip Mangrum, and Jonathan Ojeda, Abbott representatives; Pat Peterson, Radiology tech; Dr. Chris Douglas; Kristin Sullivan, Radiology tech; Dr. Craig Thieling; and Dr. Adam Harless.

Stop Medical Distancing

Keeping your distance from others may be essential to staying healthy, but your doctor is someone you should turn to when you need care. Make sure to stay in touch with your care provider. Seeking care is safe, and now more than ever are physicians are prepared to care for you. To learn more, visit https://stopmedicaldistancing.org

Back-to-School Safety

From back-to-school appointments to adjusting sleep schedules, for most families it’s time to start heading back to the classroom. Anita Henderson, MD, pediatrician at The Pediatric Clinic president-elect of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides some safety tips below.

To view more back-to-school safety guidelines, visit Forrest General Hospital on Facebook. 

Let's Fight the Flu!

Flu season is right around the corner! As the season approaches, it's important to know the preventative actions you can take to stay healthy. For more information about how you can your flu shot, contact your primary care provider.

Preventitive Care

C.A.R.E.ing 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 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!

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Rewards Partner Highlights

Java Werks

Java Werks  is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. only (due to COVID-19). Please check our website www.javawerks.com for more information, menu, and ordering via text. Also, check our Instagram @javawerks for daily information. 

The Kitchen Table

While we are still without a class schedule, we would like to offer Spirit of Women members to enjoy 20% off on the 20th of each month during 2020. When cooking classes resume, we will happily give you your discount when making your reservations! Stay well!

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The Social Spotlight: More Than ZZZ's

You wake up feeling sluggish and the rest of the day you feel like you’re walking around in a fog. Life gets busy and leaves us little time to truly get the rest we need, and if you’re not careful, it can have a negative effect on your health. Getting enough rest involves your mind and body, and making rest a priority is important for your mental and physical health. Usually, when we feel burnt out, we assume it’s because we need more sleep. But getting the rest you need involves more than just catching your zzzs at night.

Nutritional Info Per Serving

138 calories | 12g total fat | 6g protein | 1g sugar | 3g carbohydrates | 91mg sodium | 174mg sodium
Makes 4 servings


1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 

2 oz cream cheese 

1 egg yolk 

1 egg 

1 tablespoon coconut flour 

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 

½ teaspoon garlic powder 

2 tablespoons butter 


1. In a medium bowl, mix egg, egg yolk, coconut flour and Italian seasoning. Beat with a fork until well combined. Set aside.

2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt Mozzarella and cream cheese (about 60-90 seconds).

3. Add cheese mixture to egg mixture. USE YOUR CLEAN HANDS! Squish between your fingers until well combined. Put in fridge for 10-20 minutes until cold.

4. Meanwhile, boil water in a large pot. Place balls into boiling water. After a few minutes, they will rise to the top. Once they all have risen to the top, remove from water.

6. In a large pan, heat butter and garlic powder over medium heat. Place balls into pan and sauté each side until golden. Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings, 5 balls each

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