Forrest General’s Spirit Girls introduce Comfort Care Express
This month, Forrest General’s Spirit Girls introduced the Comfort Care Express to patients at Forrest General Hospital. Spirit Girls volunteering at the hospital will visit patients with the Comfort Care Express, which will contain care items such as cards, games, extra pillows, snacks and other supplies.
A first of its kind at Forrest General, the Comfort Care Express offers another way to comfort patients not only with the available care items but also through engagement with the Spirit Girls. The young ladies chosen to be a part of this new program will also benefit from their interactions with patients.
“We know that girls become interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based subjects around the age of 11, and sadly, lose interest by age 15. The biggest factors in helping young girls choose future careers in STEM fields are examples of women in leadership positions and hands on experiences that make lasting impressions. This program will expose our Spirit Girls to both. I hope the program will plant a seed of love and passion for science in their hearts,” said Tyra Willamor, Spirit Girls coordinator.
For now, the Comfort Care Express is limited to the 4T and Inpatient Rehab floors of the hospital, but Willamor hopes to expand the program to include other floors in the next few months and eventually, cover to the entire hospital.
The Spirit Girl teen board was developed in an effort to reach young women through events targeted at promoting self-esteem and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Spirit Girls participate in Spirit of Women events, educational programs, community and charitable events throughout the year.
Spirit of Women® is a national network of American hospitals and healthcare providers that ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women’s health, education, and community outreach. With over 8,500 members, Forrest General is the exclusive Spirit of Women hospital for South Mississippi, having attained Premier status in recognition of strong efforts in moving women to take action for their health!
For more information about the Spirit Girls, visit forrestgeneral.com, or call the Forrest General Engagement Center at 601-288-4445.
Pictured: Left to right: DeShona Shaheed, Sylver Garcia, Katie Carlisle, and Madelyn Harris volunteering with the Comfort Care Express.