Forrest Health serves the community in different capacities, one of which is through sponsorships and other charitable contributions to Pine Belt organizations. As a part of the 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 groups, organizations, and causes our patients, employees, and community hold dear. These include 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 FestivalSouth, The University of Southern Mississippi Partner for the Arts, and the Hattiesburg Half Marathon. 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 provide support for programs like Leadership Pine Belt and many others. 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 Pacesetters giving campaign through the United Way. Our generous employees gave more than $100,000 in 2021 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. Many seminars were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic and have not resumed. 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 by 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, such as the Bereavement Support Group, and community events like Madalene’s Moms classes.
Forrest Health also contributes through the Spirit Girls program, which offers 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 2021, Spirit Girls worked 3083 volunteer hours in a wide range of activities and community service projects for organizations such as The Claiborne at Hattiesburg, The ARC, and Hattiesburg Zoo.
For more information about Forrest Health’s community involvement or sponsorships, contact 601-288-1300.