Forrest General employees donate over $500,000 to the Asbury Hospice House
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (November 20, 2014) Forrest General employees have donated over $500,000 to the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation’s Asbury Hospice House capital campaign – the second largest gift the organization has received.
The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation has received over $4.8 million since officially launching the campaign to build it in March of 2013.
Over 2,000 employee and community donors have contributed to the project to build the new home including a $1.5 million donation from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg, Inc. and a $200,000 donation from South Mississippi Home Health Foundation and Deaconess Home Care and Hospice employees. Forrest General employees have raised over half a million dollars toward the project through the annual Foundation employee giving campaign.
“As a Forrest General Hospital employee, I am honored to have been given the opportunity to be a part this amazing project. My personal commitment to providing world-class healthcare to every patient and their family is one of many reasons I support the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation and the construction of the Asbury Hospice House. This is a long-overdue asset to our community,” said Terry Lynn Warden, planner/designer for Forrest General’s Engineering Department.
“My decision to support the Asbury Hospice House project was very easy. Who would pass-up the opportunity to help another person in their time of need? We have been blessed with the resources to make this dream a reality. Thank you for the opportunity and may GOD bless and comfort every individual who enters the doors of the Asbury Hospice House,” said Warden.
Forrest General Registration Manager Cecilia Baker stated, “I donate to the Foundation and the hospice campaign because I want to help give families a sense of comfort while they are going through a difficult time. I know my contribution will help families cope with the emotional and stressful times they have been faced with.
“We have the most generous employees here at Forrest General. They believed in this project, they believed in this hospice house, and they wanted to see it happen. They are so phenomenal,” said Martha Dearman, executive director of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation.
Because of their overwhelming generosity and support, one of the patient care wings in the new hospice house will be named in honor of all Forrest General employees. There have been numerous naming opportunities within the project, including everything from the chapel and family dining area to patient rooms, landscaping and the outdoor patio.
The facility 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 land is filled with pines and other native trees and plants and will provide a serene environment for patients and those visiting or staying with them. Ground is expected to be broken on the new hospice house very soon. It will take about a year to build and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015. The house will provide a peaceful, home-like setting where staff can address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family.
“I could not be more proud of our staff and how time and time again they lead the way in giving to our community and the patients we serve. What I’m particularly proud of is that they not only give from their wallets but from their hearts. This is why it is really no surprise to me that when our patients and our community experience a need, the staff of Forrest General has been and will continue to be right here for them,” said Troy Daniels, Forrest General’s chief human resources officer and Forrest General Healthcare Foundation Board member.
Bill Oliver, president of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, stated “Forrest General employees have always enabled our organization to be quite successful, and to see their leadership on the Hospice House project once again shows how truly special they are! I am so proud of our employees, as their generosity and support of this unique project.”
With a goal of $5 million being closely met, Dearman said she is proud of the past and future contributions the community, Foundation volunteers and hospital employees’ have put forth in helping to make this project a reality.
For more information on the Asbury Hospice House, please contact the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation at 601-288-4396 or visit www.FGHFoundation.com.