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Hospice and Home Care News
The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation Receives a $1.5 million dollar gift from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg, Inc.
The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, announced today that it has received a $1.5 million dollar donation to the Hospice House of South Mississippi from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg, Inc.

The funds will be used to support the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation’s commitment to a $5 million dollar community fundraising campaign to give families an opportunity to be a part of a place that offers special comfort in South Mississippi. With this gift, the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation will have raised $3.6 million dollars toward that goal.

“With the help of the Foundation’s volunteers, hospital employees, community support and donations like this one, we are proud to have the Asbury Foundation join us in helping us build a facility that will allow us to realize our vision of providing exceptional care and improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families,” said Evan Dillard, president and CEO of Forrest Health.

The Asbury Foundation has a long standing history of supporting community projects that will aid in the areas of healthcare and education. “The Asbury Foundation is very pleased to partner with Forrest General Healthcare Foundation on this needed community project. We recognize the value of hospice care for patients at the end of life. Unfortunately, not all patients can utilize at home hospice and this hospice house can help meet the needs of so many,” stated William Ray, president and CEO of the Asbury Foundation.

Bill Oliver, president of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, added, “South Mississippi is blessed with excellent home hospice care and with the addition of a community hospice house so many more can benefit from this unique service. To date over 1,000 donors have contributed to this project, and we know that with this significant gift from Asbury Foundation, the momentum on our fundraising efforts will continue to grow so our project can soon become a reality.”
The Hospice House of South Mississippi will be built on South 40th Avenue near the Hattiesburg Post Office on nearly five acres of land donated by Susan Thomson and her brother, John Thomson. The land is filled with pines and other native trees and plants and will provide a serene environment for patients and those visiting or staying with them. When completed, the new hospice house will provide a peaceful, home-like setting where staff can address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family. When stepping into the home, families will find meditation rooms, a chapel, serenity gardens, spacious patient rooms, dining area and kitchen facilities and children’s play areas – all of the comforts of home, designed to provide for every aspect of care that a family may need when facing the terminal illness of their loved one.

Hospice care is provided for those with a limited life expectancy and focuses on making patients as free of pain and comfortable as possible while improving their quality of life. Hospice staff members work hand-in-hand with palliative care nurses and physicians who focus on the unique needs of a patient facing a terminal illness. The Pine Belt is in desperate need of a facility like the Hospice House of South Mississippi to help with those patients who need around-the-clock care but may not have caregivers who can provide that at home. For such patients, the hospice house will be a beautiful place to spend their last weeks or days surrounded by family, friends and caring physicians and staff who are experts in hospice care.

Forrest General Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors Vice Chair, Lou Ann Poynter, also commented on the donation and project. “As a board member, I have been thrilled to see the community get behind the hospice house project. The people in this area are extremely generous, and this is one more example of a community working together to make a project happen,” said Poynter.

For more information on giving opportunities, please contact the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation at 601-288-4396 or visit

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