Fund raising campaign for inpatient hospice in Hattiesburg underway

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation kicked of a fund raising campaign Tuesday to raise money to build an inpatient hospice facility for terminally ill patients in Hattiesburg.

Anticipated cost of the facility is around $5 million. Thus far $1.5 million has been raised, with $500,000 coming from contributions from Forrest General Hospital employees.

The facility will be built on five acres of donated land on South 40th Avenue next to the Post Office. Originally it will be a 12 bed facility with room to expand in the future.

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.

"Most patients that are in hospice are treated at home, but occasionally they need care away from home, so this will provide  an alternative to that home hospice," said William Oliver, Foundation President. "Right now there is not a facility in South Mississippi that has the capability so they will be able to go to this facility which will be a place like home that the family can be supported during very difficult times."

The hospice facility will be built solely with donations from community members and businesses.

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