HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A campaign to build a new hospice care center in Hattiesburg has received $539,000 from employees at Forrest General Hospital.
The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation's capital campaign to construct the Asbury Hospice House has raised $4.8 million since it began in March of 2013.
Thursday, foundation administrators and Forrest General employees gathered to celebrate the employee donations.
Construction of the facility on S. 40th Ave. near the Hattiesburg Post Office should begin early next year and take about one year to complete.
"It's very awesome, because when employees donate, one person will tell one employee and then another employee, so then, it becomes a domino effect," said Cecilia Baker, an employee at Forrest General.
"Our employees have been passionate from the beginning and to reach over half a million dollars in contributions really shows the commitment they have for this project," said Bill Oliver, president of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation.
"Our employees are so generous and they have believed in this hospice house from day one and they are determined to see this become a reality," said Martha Dearman, executive director of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation.
More than 2,000 employee and community donors have contributed to the project.