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    Published on February 16, 2015

    Forrest General receives Top Quality Awards for Overall Medical and Hospital Care

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Forrest General Hospital ranks in the Top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for medical excellence in Overall Medical Care, according to CareChex®, a division of Comparion®, an independent company recognizing the nation’s best performers on various measures of quality relating to process of care, outcomes, and patient satisfaction.

    Additionally, the hospital ranks in the Top 10% in the Nation for patient safety in Overall Medical Care and for patient safety for Overall Hospital Care and is among the Top 3% of hospitals in the Nation for patient safety in Coronary Bypass Surgery.

    Dr. Thane Forthman, president and CEO of CareChex® a division of Comparion®, stated, “The environment Forrest General provides, systemically, gives the patients they treat and manage among the highest chances for successful outcomes in the United States. Forrest General is a true benchmark facility that others should try to emulate.”

    “The 2015 CareChex® Award rankings highlight Forrest General’s commitment to the highest quality patient care,” said Evan Dillard, president and CEO of Forrest Health. “Every day our staff strives to provide the best possible care to result in the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

    Forrest General received numerous quality awards. Below is a sampling of honors:

    For Medical Excellence:

    Cancer Care, Top 10% in the Nation

    Hip Fracture Repair, Top 100 in the Nation

    Stroke Care, Top 10% in the Nation


    For Patient Safety:

    Heart Attack Treatment, Top 10% in the Nation

    Hip Fracture Repair, Top 100 in the Nation

    Stroke Care, Top 100 in the Nation

    Trauma Care, Top 10% in the Nation

    “We are proud to have so many programs named among the best in the market, state and country,” said Stephen Farrell, M.D., Forrest General’s chief medical officer. “It is a true example of our team’s hard work, dedication and how focused we are on providing quality and exceptional care.”

    Utilizing extensive clinical data from the Hospital Quality Alliance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CareChex® provides a comprehensive evaluation of all components of medical quality including:

    • Process of care - measures specific processes that should be followed during heart attack and heart failure, pneumonia, outpatient procedures, surgical care and preventive care, among others.
    • Outcomes of care – measures mortality and complication rates, inpatient quality indicators and patient safety indicators
    • Patient satisfaction – measures overall hospital ratings, doctor and nurse communication, hospital environment, and staff responsiveness, among others.

    CareChex® provides these findings to consumers, providers and purchasers of U.S. medical care, including many Fortune 500 companies.

    “CareChex® allows the public to make informed decisions regarding the quality of medical care provided by hospitals,” said Forthman. “We are pleased to acknowledge that Forrest General has achieved an exceptionally high level of performance across all components of medical quality.”

    To view additional awards, go to forrestgeneral.com.

    About Forrest General

    Forrest General is the flagship hospital for Forrest Health and is a 512-bed facility located in Hattiesburg providing regional health services to a 19-county area. Forrest General provides excellence in health care through a wide range of nationally recognized services including: Cancer Center, Emergency and Trauma Services, Heart and Vascular Services, Home Care and Hospice, Hospitalist and Intensivist Programs, Neuroscience and Orthopedic Services including The Orthopedic Institute, Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, Surgical Services, Wound Healing Center, and Women and Children’s Services, including The Family Birthplace. Forrest General is a Level II Trauma Center and provides all levels of care for critical access care hospitals in south Mississippi.


    About CareChex®

    CareChex® is a division of Comparion® Medical Analytics – one of the nation’s largest privately-held healthcare information service companies. CareChex® provides clinical, financial and patient satisfaction findings to consumers, providers and purchasers of U.S. medical care. Unlike other publicly available hospital quality ratings, CareChex® provides a composite evaluation of all components of medical quality including process of care, outcomes of care and patient experiences.




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    religion, national origin, age, disability or other status protected by applicable federal or state statutes.

    A Board of Trustees appointed by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors is charged with the oversight of Forrest Health. The system is completely self supporting and does not operate on local taxes.
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