Forrest General receives gift for new hospice facility

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital 

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation's Asbury Hospice House capital campaign received a $200,000 donation today from South Mississippi Home Health Foundation and Deaconess Home Care and Hospice employees.

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.

"We recognize the need for inpatient hospice care in our community and are pleased to partner with the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation and Forrest General Hospital by making this donation to the Asbury Hospice House capital campaign. We look forward to the home opening in the fall of 2015 to serve our community," said Mary Stainton, South Mississippi Home Health Foundation Board President.

South Mississippi Home Health Foundation was founded in 1987.

The Asbury Hospice House will be built on 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.

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.

For more information on giving opportunities, please contact the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation at 601-288-4396 or visit

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