Forrest Health serves the community in different capacities, one of which being through sponsorships and other charitable contributions to Pine Belt organizations. As a part of this community, we want to not only support health-related causes, like the American Heart Association and The Association for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities (ARC), but also those our patients, employees, and community hold dear, such as local high school sports and non-profit organizations such as The Pine Belt Foundation. We also support the arts for the cultural experience of our community through organizations and special events including Festival South, City Lights + Music Nights, and Ballet Magnificat. As a non-profit ourselves, we must carefully consider the sponsorships we choose. We support organizations and events that benefit our community and our patients’ and employees’ ways of life in Hattiesburg and the surrounding communities.
Here are just a few of the other organizations Forrest Health sponsors:
Area Development Partnership (ADP): We sponsor large community activities like Hub Fest in addition to providing support for other programs like Leadership Pine Belt and many other events. As one of the largest employers and one of the most economically impactful organizations, we feel a responsibility to support the growth of other businesses and community organizations, which is the mission of the ADP.
United Way: We hold a yearly internal giving campaign through the United Way. Our generous employees gave $175,733 in 2018 alone. Forrest Health also supports the United Way through its involvement with the annual Community Baby Shower and other events throughout the year.
Extra Table: Forrest Health partners with Extra Table each year to help further its mission to provide healthy food to impoverished people across the state.
Additional Community Involvement
Additionally, Forrest Health offers several free educational seminars and events throughout the year. The Dare 2 Care program, a partnership between Forrest General and Hattiesburg Clinic Vascular Surgeons, is a comprehensive cardiovascular disease early detection and education program, which is offered at Forrest General several times a year. Stop the Bleed, another free educational course offered Forrest General’s Trauma Services, educates the general public on different techniques to control bleeding while waiting for emergency personnel. For several years, the hospital has also offered free seminars on Medicare and the Affordable Care Act as part of its partnership with CMO Insurance.
Educational programs are offered in addition to numerous support groups and community events such as the Cancer Survivors’ Picnic and Camp Bluebird, the first camp for cancer patients and survivors in Mississippi.
Forrest Health also contributes through the Spirit Girls program, which offers hundreds of young women from around Forrest General’s 19-county service area an opportunity to learn about positive self-esteem, the importance of taking action for their health and giving back to the community. In 2018, Spirit Girls worked 5700 volunteer hours in a wide range of activities and community service projects for organizations such as The ARC, DREAM of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Zoo, and The Children’s Center for Communication and Development.
For more information about Forrest Health’s community involvement or sponsorships, contact 601-288-1300.
2016 Healthcare Economic Impact Study