Forrest General Healthcare Foundation announces winner of Win This Car!

CAPTION: Peggy Boutwell, right, accepts the keys to her new 2021 Honda CR-V-EX-L from Martha Dearman, executive director of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation’s Win This Car! giveaway. Funds raised support healthcare in the community.

Christmas came early for Hattiesburg’s Peggy Boutwell when her name was drawn as the winner of a fully-loaded 2021 Honda CR-V EX-L given away by the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation. The virtual drawing was held Thursday, December 10, in the showroom of Vardaman Honda on Broadway Drive and broadcast live at the top of WDAM-TV’s 6 p.m. newscast as well as live on the Foundation’s Facebook page. The pearl white Honda SUV was adorned with a big red ribbon and was by far the largest gift on the showroom floor.

Forrest General Names Annual Award Winners

Forrest General Employee of the Year, Stephanie Brown, center, is pictured with Forrest Health Vice President Millie Swan, left, and President/CEO Andy Woodard.


Forrest General’s top employee, leadership and physician awards were presented on December 18.

Employees recognized included Forrest General’s We C.A.R.E. Award recipients, honored for upholding the hospital’s We C.A.R.E. values; and the 2020 employee of the year, Stephanie Brown.

Also honored were the winners of the 15th Annual Philip Rogers Award. The award is named for Dr. Philip Rogers, a nephrologist with Hattiesburg Clinic, who dedicated 32 years of his life to serving the people of South Mississippi as a physician, mentor and humanitarian. For a full list of awards, click on the button below. 

Forrest General Conducts First FDA-Approved WATCHMAN FLX™ Implant in the State

CAPTION: Taking part in Tuesday’s procedure were, from left, Brooke Orman and Joy Lynn Nash, Boston Scientific Clinical representatives; Mark Borganelli, M.D.; Diego Alcivar, M.D.; Craig Thieling, M.D.; and Allison Henderson, PA and Watchman team coordinator.

On December 8, Forrest General became the first hospital in the state since FDA approval to offer the commercial WATCHMAN FLX™ implant. The procedure is for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and offers an alternative to long-term blood thinners.

The WATCHMAN FLX™ is the only FDA-approved implant proven to reduce stroke risk in people with AF not caused by a heart valve problem. More than six million Americans are affected by AF – an irregular heartbeat that feels like a quivering heart.

The WATCHMAN™ technology, which has been implanted in more than 100,000 patients worldwide, closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots that can form in the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking blood thinners. The newest version of the implant has an updated design to help treat more patients safely and effectively to ensure the best long-term outcomes.

A Forrest General medical team consisting of cardiologists, Diego Alcivar, MD, FACC; Craig Theiling, MD, FACC; and Thad Waites, MD, FACC, conducted a flawless procedure on Tuesday which lasted about an hour. The patient remained in the hospital overnight and went home the next day.

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Spring Event with Lacey Chabert has been canceled

Due to the unknown, we are unable to move forward with the annual Spirit of Women’s Spring Event for 2021, with Hallmark and Mean Girls Actress Lacey Chabert. Please know that as soon as the environment allows we will be working hard to bring the event back so we can all be together. In the meantime, we hope everyone is staying safe! Remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear your mask. Watch for information as we move through 2021, and follow along on social media as we keep you up-to-date on upcoming virtual events!

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As the New Year begins, it’s time to focus on your goals! Whether you want to improve your physical, emotional or mental health, there are steps you can take to start accomplishing them. When someone is strong, they take care of themselves, show confidence and proactivity, and serve as an inspiration to others. Staying fit and having emotional strength are also important components of your overall health. Maintaining physical activity through the decades will keep your muscles, bones and joints, strong, which is important in keeping your health in check. And studies show that people are mentally and physically healthier, have stronger immune systems, which can help you fight disease. 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!

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Join us for our six week floral course, January 26- March 2. More ideas for January are to come, so follow us on social media to stay in the know!

Class Schedule: January 5: Cozy Soup, Foccacia & Babka
January 21: Just One Ducky

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Recipe: Rasberry Jalapeno Chocolates


22 calories | 1g total fat | 3g carbohydrates | 1g protein



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