With more than 80,000 patients visiting the facility each year, Forrest General's Emergency Center provides around-the-clock emergent coverage for major trauma, general medical treatment, fracture and ophthalmologic injury. Forrest General was the first hospital in Mississippi to earn designation as a Level II trauma center, and is the only Level II center in the area.
Forrest General's Emergency Center is among the most modern and advanced emergency facilities available. The Emergency Center includes a total of 41 rooms, including 10 acute care rooms, 20 emergent care rooms and nine minor care rooms, in addition to a decontamination room. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day by board-certified physicians and registered nurses. The Emergency Center also serves as medical control for AAA Ambulance and Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District (SEMAAD) - the longest continually operating air ambulance service in the United States.
Forrest General's Trauma Center combines the latest technology with exceptional physicians and staff to provide excellent care to critically-injured trauma patients throughout the Southeast Trauma Care Region. Forrest General was the first hospital in Mississippi designated as a trauma center by the Mississippi State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. The Trauma Center at Forrest General provides an immediate, organized response by a highly-specialized team, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Trauma Services is staffed by board-certified trauma surgeons, an in-house anesthesiologist who is available 24-hours a day, and provides 24-hour coverage for neurosurgery, orthopedic, maxillofacial, otolaryngology, urology and interventional radiology. The center features dedicated trauma bays with state-of-the-art technology and dedicated operating rooms.
One of the goals of the trauma center is to reduce traumatic injuries by participating in prevention efforts throughout the community, including providing education on topics such as bicycle, child passenger, ATV and seat belt safety, and simulated rollover motor vehicle crashes.
For more information on these and other Forrest General services, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445, then press 1, from 2 - 10 p.m., seven days a week, or send an e-mail.