HATTIESBURG, MS - This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital.
he Forrest General Healthcare Foundation's Asbury Hospice House capital campaign received a $2,500 donation today from Enterprise Holdings Foundation. The Enterprise Holdings Foundation chose today to make their donation in honor of Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
The funds will be used to support the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation's commitment to a $5 million dollar community fundraising campaign to give families an opportunity to be a part of a place that offers special comfort in South Mississippi.
"One of our founding values is that we like to help the community as a company, and Forrest General's Homecare and Hospice program has been a huge partner for me personally and for our company. Any time there is an opportunity to give back, we use the Enterprise Holdings Foundation created by our founding family, the Taylors, to do just that," said Liz Johnson, account manager with Enterprise Fleet Management.
The Asbury Hospice House, which is still currently under construction, is located at South 40th Avenue near the Hattiesburg Post Office on nearly five acres of land donated by Susan Thomson and her brother, John Thomson. The property is surrounded with pines and other native trees and plants and will provide a serene environment for patients and those visiting or staying with them. 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. When stepping into the home, families will find meditation rooms, a chapel, serenity gardens, spacious patient rooms, dining area and kitchen facilities and children's play areas – all of the comforts of home, designed to provide for every aspect of care that a family may need when facing the terminal illness of their loved one.
Chief Quality Officer, Angela Huggins said, "We appreciate this generous gift to the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation. This donation will be a great benefit to the Asbury Hospice House. We are happy to know that we have the support of our community behind the construction, which will provide so many with the end of life care they deserve."
Hospice care is provided for those with a limited life expectancy and focuses on making patients as free of pain and comfortable as possible while improving their quality of life. Hospice staff members work hand-in-hand with palliative care nurses and physicians who focus on the unique needs of a patient facing a terminal illness. The Pine Belt is in need of a facility like the Asbury Hospice House to help with those patients who need around-the-clock care but may not have caregivers who can provide that at home. For such patients, the hospice house will be a beautiful place to spend their last weeks or days surrounded by family, friends and caring physicians and staff who are experts in hospice care.