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Forrest General Hospital Receives the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care - Forrest Health
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    Published on April 25, 2016

    Forrest General Hospital Receives the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care 

    Hattiesburg, Miss. (April 25, 2016)– Forrest General Hospital has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care. This evidence-based designation is the only cancer care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.

    The list of 366 award winners, including Forrest General, represents hospitals that have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, signifying Forrest General’s commitment to meeting the highest standards in cancer care.

    “It is a well-known fact that women often make decisions for their families concerning healthcare. When faced with a difficult diagnosis such as cancer, knowing that Forrest General Cancer Center has been recognized by such a trustworthy organization will make healthcare decisions much easier,” said Joe Marcello, service line administrator for Oncology Services.

    The 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care must have received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as any of the following: a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer program, a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, an Integrated Network Cancer Program, or an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program. These selected hospitals were then given a score based on their patient recommendation rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

    Additional criteria considered if a hospital offered on site chemotherapy, radiation or hospice, and cancer research activities. Hospitals were penalized for having high infection rates. 

    “Women have many choices when it comes to cancer care, but now they can make informed choices based on rigorous evidence based criteria,” said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.

    For more information about the Forrest General Cancer Center, visit

    About Forrest General Hospital

    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 certified Level II Trauma Center and provides all levels of care for critical access care hospitals in south Mississippi.

    About the Women’s Choice Award®

    The Women’s Choice Award® sets the standard for helping women make smart choices through education, empowerment, and validation. Awards are determined by evidence-based research and identify the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women. Visit to learn more. For more information on the 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care visit

    Forrest General Cancer Center 

    Forrest General Hospital's Cancer Center ranks among the largest and most sophisticated regional cancer treatment centers in South Mississippi and offers a place where patients can receive advanced care in a beautiful, compassionate environment close to home. 

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    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.
    Forrest Health facilities are approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for participation in Medicare and Medicaid Programs.