Healthcare foundation gets $1.5 million to help build hospice house

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation has received $1.5 million from the Asbury Foundation to help build a new hospice care facility in the Hub City.

The Hospice House of South Mississippi will be built on South 40th Avenue and will include a chapel, a dining area, kitchen facilities and meditation rooms.

Last spring, the foundation launched a $5 million community fundraising campaign to build it.

"It will be a community project," said Bill Oliver, president of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation. "We said that from the beginning and it needs to be community support and this is a great example of community support," he said.

"This unit is going to provide us with a situation where family members can be together in those last days and it's going to be a beacon that other people can pattern their programs after statewide and probably regionally," said William Ray, president and CEO of the Asbury Foundation.

That organization's gift has brought the total raised so far to $3.7 million.

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