Home for the Holidays Video Release Schedule

Spirit of Women presents “Home for the Holidays” featuring holiday and floral designer, Brandon Chase Welborn. This virtual event invites you to experience the magical holiday and Christmas transformation of Chase’s residence. He’ll provide easy “do-it-yourself” tips and tricks for decorating your own home, holiday entertaining ideas, and gift wrapping. He will be joined by special guests Anne-Love Helveston, with All the Love and Honey, and Kate McElroy with Walnut Square Gifts and Stationery. This virtual event will be sure to inspire you this holiday season. 

Holiday Decorating with Brandon Chase Welborn: The Week of November 16

Wrap it Up with Brandon Chase Welborn and special guest Kate McElroy with Walnut Square Gifts and Stationery: The Week of December 4

Holiday Entertaining with Brandon Chase Welborn and special guest Anne-Love Helveston, with All the Love and Honey: The Week of December 11

Forrest General Healthcare Foundation hosts fifth Win This Car raffle

The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation is selling tickets for a chance to win a 2021 fully loaded Honda CR-V EX-L. Tickets are $75 each, and only 1,200 tickets will be sold. A virtual drawing of tickets will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 10, 2020, at Vardaman Honda, 802 Broadway Drive. Proceeds from this year’s Win This Car will benefit healthcare in the Pine Belt Community. 

There are several ways you can purchase tickets. Participants may use a credit card to order tickets online or by mailing a completed order form with $75 payment to Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 19010, Hattiesburg, MS 39404. Tickets are also on sale in the Foundation office at 125 S. 28th Ave., Suite 149, Hattiesburg, or you may fax a completed order form to 601-288-4367. The deadline for purchasing tickets is 4 p.m. on Friday, December 4. 

Warm Service


Safe Environment


Exceptional Care

The Emergency Room is often the first point of entry into Forrest General, and it is important for patients to feel welcomed and know they are in a safe environment. Millie Swan, vice president of Forrest Health, recently interviewed Eric Jordan, MD, medical director of Forrest General’s Emergency Department. Jordan, a native Hattiesburg resident and long-time Forrest Health employee, talks about what to expect when visiting the ER during the pandemic and provides reassurance that the hospital is committed to safe and compassionate patient care. Take time to watch this short video, which originally aired on October 8, and get to know Dr. Jordan and learn more about Forrest General’s emergency services.

FGH Unveils State-of-the-Art Heart Catheterization Lab

Cardiologists/Electrophysiologists Mark Borganelli, M.D., and Diego Alcivar, M.D., in Wednesday’s ribbon cutting of the fifth cardiac catheterization lab at Forrest General Hospital. The lab is designated for the treatment of electrophysiology patients who have trouble with heart rhythms.

Forrest General Hospital unveiled its fifth cardiac catheterization lab on Wednesday and it is a brand new EP Lab. This expansion will help to accommodate the large volume of cardiac patients who depend on the quality heart and vascular services at Forrest General for life-saving diagnostics and treatment.

The new, state-of-the-art suite is the second electrophysiology lab dedicated for the treatment of patients with heart rhythm disorders.

The lab is a dream come true for Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Mark Borganelli, M.D., who has been a member of the Forrest General staff for the past six years and who cut the ribbon to officially open the facility. Before the day was out, he had christened the room with the completion of three heart ablation procedures.

Millie Swan, vice president, is glad to have the new suite open. “There have been a lot of people who have worked together to make this happen,” Swan said. “We are excited to be able to provide this modern and advanced EP lab for our patients as well as our doctors and staff members.”

Borganelli said the addition of a second lab used to fix the heart’s electrical issues will allow both he and fellow Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Diego Alcivar, M.D., to conduct procedures simultaneously for a much more efficient schedule. The hospital has four other labs for regular heart catheterization procedures including interventional, peripheral vascular, and structural heart procedures.

The large suite, roughly three times the size of the previous suite, provides plenty of space for the necessary equipment as well as full anesthesia capabilities and room for staff to move around more freely. “The other lab dedicated to EP can be used for smaller procedures,” Borganelli said.

The suite also houses the latest technology in X-ray equipment. “There is nothing better,” Borganelli said. “This is some of the finest equipment in the world. Here in cardiology at Forrest General, we can now do anything other large health facilities can do except heart transplants.”

He thanked the staff as well as Forrest General’s administration. “We cannot thank you enough. I appreciate this more than you know,” he said. “It’s like a nice new home.”

Dr. Alcivar said he was honored to be a part of this team. “This is the fruition of Dr. Borganelli’s hard work. He has built this program during the course of the last six years, and this is the ideal continuation of his great program in this great facility,” he said. “Our goal is to grow EP and continue to provide better treatment for our community. The idea of a hybrid room such as this is to provide all the services we can. I’m honored to say that here in Hattiesburg we have the capacity for all of these services.”



Forrest General Spirit Girls Making a Difference

Even though they can’t currently meet in person, this year’s class of Spirit Girls has been busy. To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of the Spirit Girls decorated the Forrest General Cancer Center with pink pumpkins bearing words of encouragement as well as pink ribbons.

 “This is something the girls enjoy doing every year,” said Tyra Willamor, Spirit Girls coordinator. “We’ve done this for at least the past four years if not longer.”

The group also placed brightly colored pumpkins at the Asbury Hospice House. “The pumpkins the Spirit Girls decorated for the Asbury Hospice House bring smiles to the faces of the patients and visitors along with the staff,” said Becky Pardue, director Asbury Hospice House and FGH Hospice. “They have helped us feel a sense of fall, and we greatly appreciate their service!”  

The Spirit Girls also recently made a large donation to Southern Pines Animal Shelter. Donations included 500 toilet paper/paper towel rolls, 500 water bottles 300 pounds of dog and cat food, 100 pet toys, as well as countless trash bags, blankets and towels to keep the dogs and cats warm this winter.

According to Ginny Sims, shelter executive director, the paper towel rolls and water bottles collected by the Spirit Girls will find a second use at the animal shelter serving as enrichment for shelter pets. “They become treat holders and toys that offer mental stimulation to our shelter pets helping to make their time with us less stressful and more enjoyable,” Sims said. “We aim to make sure every pet receives kennel enrichment daily, so these donations help us achieve that goal! We are so grateful for the Spirit Girls and our community of supporters that make lifesaving possible!

Spirit Girls Blakely Byrd and Shruti Madhav help decorate the Forrest General Cancer center for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

“Southern Pines takes in more than 7,000 pets in need each year, so when groups like the Spirit Girls come together to organize donations it makes all the difference. Having a community of people come together with a specific goal to help the pets at our shelter helps us keep providing them with vital things they need to stay happy and healthy.”

Willamor is proud of the Spirit Girls who want to make a difference in their community. “Even through all of this year’s events, Spirit Girls still want to make a mark in their community,” she said. “These are just some of the way the girls can continue to help, encourage, inspire and give back to a community they love and adore.”

The Spirit Girl teen board was developed in an effort to reach young women through events targeted at promoting self-esteem and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Spirit Girls participate in Spirit of Women events, educational programs, community and charitable events throughout the year. Members are girls who are residents of Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Wayne or Walthall County.

What's Your Running routine?

FGH Road Warriors, from left Virginia (Ginny) Hudson, Elizabeth Carley, Kim Huddleston, Jennifer Bishop, Sandra O'Neal, Tracey Doggett, and Diane Shelby.

What’s your running routine? The Forrest General Road Warriors stretch, run and cheer each other on while supporting great causes in our community. On Wednesday, October 7, the group participated in Mississippi’s Virtual walk for Diabetes, benefitting the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. 


The Care Management Organization can help.

To learn more about Medicare and the Annual Enrollment Period, view CMO’s free Medicare Video Library at: www.forresthealth.org/insurance. Let CMO Insurance Agency help answer your Medicare enrollment questions. 

Ready to enroll? Call CMO today at 601-288-8119.

During Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period, a Medicare enrollee can: 

          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.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Telehealth Visits

Meeting with your provider is easier now, more than ever. With Telehealth options available, you can have most appointments from the comfort of your own home. Please make sure you have access to Zoom to have a video visit with your provider. The Zoom app is available to download through the Apple and Google store. For more information about how you can schedule a Telehealth appointment, call your primary care provider. 

1. Visit www.iris.forrestgeneral.com and create your IRIS account before you check in electronically. If you do not have an account, create one.  

2. Skip the section with the activation code and click on the “sign up online” button.


3. Next, fill in your information then click submit. 

4. You will then sign into your IRIS account and see your upcoming appointments. 

5. Next, contact your appointment center via phone approximately 15 minutes before your video appointment and notify the front desk you are beginning the electronic check in process.

6. Begin E-Check-In by clicking on the E-Check-In button located next to the FH Video Visit.  

7. Review and sign the consent form. Click the Review and Sign button, then click Next. 

8. Review your medications and allergies, and then click Next. Continue to review and complete each section until E-Check-In is complete. When you are finished, click Submit. 

Other Announcements


Self Defense: How Can You Prevent Disease?

Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, making you more vulnerable to other health concerns.

Fight the Flu!

Are you or a loved one needing a flu shot? Call the Family Medicine Residency Clinic at 601-279-3300 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to make your appointment today!

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!

Rewards Partner Announcements

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Mark your calendars and join us! Fall Term II classes begin Monday, October 19 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Miss. We’re learning and staying connected in Zoom! Call us, at 601-264-2780, or check out our website, www.usm.edu/olli, for more information. Zoom with OLLI!

McKenzie's on Main

Visit the Holiday Open House, Saturday, November 14! With extended hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy refreshments and a great selection of holiday decor and gifts. Laurel artist Adam Trest will be having a showing of his latest work and will be featuring a Christmas card made especially for this event. 

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower


128 calories | 9.3 g total fat | 4g protein | 4g sugar | 10.4g carbohydrates | 0mg cholesterol | 208mg sodium



Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a large, baking sheet with parchment paper. 
To prepare the cauliflower, slice off the nubby base, then quarter it into four even wedges. Slice off the inner core areas, leaving the rest intact. Cut across each piece to make 1/2 wide slices, then use your fingers to break a part any florets that are stuck together. 
Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss until the ingredients are evenly distributed and the cauliflower is lightly coated in oil. 
If you’re making the Italian version, arrange the cauliflower in an event layer and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss, and then sprinkle Parmesan over the cauliflower. Return to the oven and bake until the cauliflower is deeply golden on the edges, about 10 to 20 more minutes. Sprinkle the cauliflower with parsley, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes (if using). 
If you’re making the Indian version, sprinkle the cauliflower with curry powder, toss, and arrange the cauliflower in an even layer and bake until it’s deeply golden on the edges, tossing halfway, about 25 to 35 minutes. Sprinkle the cauliflower with cilantro and red pepper flakes (if using). 
Serves 4. 

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