Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should old acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne

2024…. It’s just another auld lang syne. A new year. A new you. A fresh start.

Do you have health goals, financial goals, do you want to stop smoking, spend more time with your family, read more books, or get more sleep? There are millions of others out there hoping for the same thing.

Are your goals and plans in place or are you just going to wing it? A lot of people believe that by making resolutions you are setting yourself up to fail. Research shows that only about 16 percent of people are able to follow through with their resolutions.  Most give them up within one to six weeks after starting, citing their failures on lack of time, resources and motivation. But in order to meet your goals you should have a plan in place to make the whole process much easier.

Click the button below for some tips and things to think about as you embark on a fresh slate of 365 days. 


The Forrest General Hospital Spirit Girls took every opportunity to serve our local communities over this past year! Just take a look at those stats… 2,311 volunteer hours, 86 separate volunteer events! These young women are an asset to our community, and we are so thankful for their commitment to the Spirit Girls program.

The girls ended the year at Meador Homestead for their December meeting, where they enjoyed hot chocolate, painted mini-nutcrackers, and recognized the 27 high school seniors graduating this year. Seniors received their graduation cords and purple orchid watercolors in honor of their time in Spirit Girls. 


During this season of giving and abundant blessings, Tony and Sylvia Wilberding of Dixie have much to be thankful for. In return, the couple has donated more than 3,000 small hand-held crosses to the Forrest General Cancer Center. The crosses are placed in a basket in the information area of the Cancer Center waiting room and on tables in treatment areas. The donations began in November 2022, but the thought of doing something like this had been brewing prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before COVID-19, the couple had a desire to follow God’s command to serve others, make disciples, and show God’s love. “We thought about volunteering at the Cancer Center because of our connection with our niece, Ramona Martin, who serves as a patient navigator, there,” said Sylvia. After brainstorming with Ramona, they decided the gift God had given them, wood working, was perfect. The small wooden crosses that would fit in the palm of one’s hand would be their gift, but COVID making it impossible to place the crosses in the Cancer Center. Then another malady struck.


In 2022, Tony was preparing for back surgery only to discover he had lung cancer, which took priority in his healthcare regiment. Following surgery, his surgeon felt sure all the cancer had been removed but advised the Wilberdings to see an oncologist. It was determined that Tony would not need chemotherapy or radiation, but he would need a CT scan every three months for the first year. With clear scans thus far, these days he’s on a 6-month schedule. “During this period, I realized how God took over and guided others to help me and what comfort and strength God gave me and my wife, who stood by my side,” said Tony. “This and a couple of Bible verses (Romans 8:28 and Proverbs 3:5) kindled our desire to share our faith with others, and the cross ministry was back on track.” By May 2022, Tony felt strong enough to begin making the crosses, with Sylvia’s help, and their new adventure began.

The crosses aren’t ornate or embellished with anything. They remain in their natural state. Each one is a simple wooden cross formed from a single piece of wood. Each has a small hole drilled at the top so it can be put on a piece of ribbon or a hook to be displayed however the recipient sees fit. In the beginning, the Wilberdings supplied the wood, which was mainly Honduran Mahogany and cypress. Now, Bill Rainey of Rainey Millworks in Hattiesburg is providing the wood stock from his cutoffs which mainly consists of sapele, maple, poplar, oak, walnut, and alder. The production of the crosses is a 10-12 step process which includes such steps as planing the wood stock, tracing the pattern, and drilling a hole for it to hang. The process is roughly 5 minutes per cross. While Tony draws the pattern and meticulously makes the cuts, Sylvia helps by sanding the crosses on both sides, drilling the holes, and takes care of inventory and delivery.

“We make several hundred at a time,” said Tony. “We spend two to four hours a day for four or five days per week in the shop. With colder weather coming and an unheated shop, the Wilberdings are currently working on about 1,200 crosses which they hope will get them through the next three colder months.

The crosses are the Wilberdings way of giving back for the many blessings they have both received, and they want others to receive the same experience. The crosses are more of a testimony for a life well lived. “Our blessing is the hope that others will feel God’s comfort, and they will also have hope,” said Tony.

Mother Teresa was quoted, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

The Wilberdings are doing just that.

To learn more about the Forrest General Cancer Center, visit forrestgeneral.org/cancer.


Forrest General Hospital proudly announces the winners of the 18th annual Dr. Philip W. Rogers awards. The award is named for Dr. Philip W. 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. These awards are presented to healthcare workers who exemplify commitment to the field of medicine and excellence in patient care. The award is given to individuals based on nominations received from their peers. Each winner represents one of Dr. Rogers’ most admirable characteristics – Innovator, Leader, Mentor, and Humanitarian.

For more information on services offered by Forrest General Hospital or to find a physician, visit www.forrestgeneral.org.


Forrest General Hospital’s employee, leadership, and physician awards were presented on December 7th at the annual Employee Christmas Party. 

Employees recognized include Forrest General’s We CARE Award recipients, honored for upholding the hospital’s We CARE values, the annual DAISY Award winner, and the 2023 Employee of the Year, Amy Alfonso, RN.

We would like to congratulate these hard working, dedicated employees on a job well done. THANK YOU for supporting our mission to do what is best for the patient! 


To view photos from the Employee Christmas Party, click the button below.


Are you tired of seeing all the typical January blog posts about resolutions? Enjoy a few light-hearted minutes of interesting health-related trivia.

Did you know…

  • Your eyes blink around 20 times a minute. That’s more than 10 million times a year.
  • Your ears never stop growing!
  • Earwax is actually a type of sweat.
  • The tongue is covered in about 8,000 taste-buds, each containing up to 100 cells helping you taste your food.
  • In the U.S., two out of three people do not have perfect vision (20/20).
  • More germs are transferred by shaking hands than by kissing. Our hands come into contact with millions of germs and bacteria each day.
  • Lack of sleep can kill someone sooner than starvation. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, obesity, and a host of other life-threatening conditions.
  • Ten percent of your body mass is made up of your blood. The average adult human blood supply clocks in at around eight to 10 pints or roughly five liters. As such, your body has enough iron to make a three-inch-long nail.
  • A quarter of human bones are found in the feet. One-fourth of all of the bones in your body are in your feet—which are made up of 26 bones and 33 joints each—for a grand total of 52 bones in each foot.
  • Humans are the only animals who cry when emotional. Other animals may shed tears, but they don’t do so out of sadness.
  • Most people produce enough saliva in their lifetimes to fill two swimming pools or about 500 bathtubs. Saliva protects our mouths from oral infections while also helping us begin digesting our food.
  • In most people, the left lung is 10% smaller than the right. This is because the heart takes up a significant amount of space on the left side.
  • Human noses can remember 50,000 different scents. Still, the human nose is not nearly as powerful as a dog’s, whose sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 times better than ours.
  • Our brains don’t feel pain. We have pain receptors and process pain signals in our brains, but the brain itself does not feel pain.
  • The tongue is the strongest muscle in the entire body. And like fingerprints, our tongues have a unique tongue print.
  • When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph
  • The body has 2.5 million sweat pores. And those of us in South Mississippi have probably felt every one of them at one time or another.
  • If you walked for 12 hours a day, it would take the average person 690 days to walk around the world.
  • A sneeze generates a wind of 100 mi/hr, and a cough moves out at 60 mi/hr.
  • Our heart beats around 100,000 times every day or about 30 million times in a year.
  • Our blood is on a 60,000-mile journey per day.
  • Our eyes can distinguish up to 10 million color surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.
  • The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.
  • Our lungs inhale over two million liters of air every day, without even thinking. Their surface area is large enough to cover one side of a tennis court.
  • It is not possible to tickle yourself. When you try you are aware of the exact time and manner in which the tickling will occur, unlike when someone else tickles you.
  • When you blush, the inside of your stomach does too.
  • Enamel, found on our teeth, is the hardest substance in the human body.
  • The extra skin on your elbow, known at the weenus, is basically nature’s Silly Putty because there are fewer sensory neurons located there. That means you can keep kneading it all day long, and as hard as you want.


Start your new year off on the right foot by attending the January Bariatric Support Group Meeting. Our topic this month will be Meal Prep. Meetings are held in the Forrest General Hospital Cafeteria Meeting Rooms from 6pm – 7pm.


Forrest General Hospice Services offers a Bereavement Support Group that meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Asbury Hospice House dining room. If you are looking for spiritual and emotional support after the death of a loved one, please join us! 

Madalene's Moms : Winter Session


Whether you are expecting a new addition or you are adding to the family, we have the perfect class for you!

PREGNANCY EXERCISE: Tuesdays, 5:30 PM – January 23rd, 30th, February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

JUST MOVIN’: Mondays, 9:00 AM – January 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

FIRST YEAR: Mondays, 10:30 AM – January 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

TODDLER YEARS: Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – January 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

EVENING CLASS: Thursdays, 5:30 PM – January 25th, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Order at CAREing Expressions Gift Shop!

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 card from CAREing Expressions! Flowers, candy, cards,  and balloons make a great “Get Well Soon” gift, or think outside the box with candles and decorative or beauty items from the gift shop! 
The best part is you don’t even have to leave work or home. Shop by calling 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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