Forrest General has a lot to be proud of lately, with growth and progress in almost every area of care, for every stage of life. All of this progress has been achieved while maintaining the wxcellence in health care that Pine Belt residents have come to expect. Forrest General is winning by the numbers, one patient at a time.
During 2012, Forrest Health made progress by expanding access to primary care services through existing physician clinics and new facilities, seeking new relationships with insurers and adding new specialists, such as those added by Hattiesburg Clinic and Southern Bone & Joint.
Forrest General has partnered with our physicians to develop plans for a new Heart and Vascular Center, to be located on the Forrest General campus. Plans have been in development for some time as we work to ensure that the new facility will provide all of the services that Pine Belt residents need in regard to heart health. The facility will offer state-of-the-art care by our award-winning cardiovascular physicians that brings all aspects of heart and vascular care under one roof – a concept that is unique in our area. The new facility will open in 2014.
The Orthopedic Institute of Forrest Health opened in the fall of 2012 and is now up and running, with hundreds of patients already benefitting from this facility that is unmatched in our area. Our orthopedic physicians have been great partners and we have experienced great outcomes. Our patients have given us very positive feedback on the new facility and we want to thank South Mississippi for the wonderful response to The Orthopedic Institute of Forrest Health.
Forrest General completed the installation and Go Live of our Electronic Health Record System (EPIC) in April 2013, continued growth of our medical staff in conjunction with our physician partners, and additional growth in Forrest Health hospitals in Forrest, Marion, Pearl River, Jefferson Davis and Walthall Counties.
As one of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation's main projects, the hospital is making plans for a new Inpatient Hospice Home, to be located just blocks from Forrest General. This facility will offer peace of mind for patients and their family members who are seeking a higher level of palliative care. For more information on this project, or to find out how you can contribute, contact the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation at 601-288-4396 or click here to visit their website.