Miss Hospitality Contestants Visit Forrest General Hospital
Miss Hospitality contestants pose in front of Forrest General Hospital.
HATTIESBURG, MS – (July 13, 2022) A group of 40 young women from across the state who are competing in the 2022 Mississippi Miss Hospitality program this week took time out of their busy schedule to visit Forrest General Hospital on Tuesday, July 12.
During their visit, the contestants, including Hattiesburg’s own 2021 Mississippi Miss Hospitality, Jane Granberry, received a welcome from Millie Swan, Forrest Health vice president.
As Forrest General Hospital celebrates its 70th anniversary, Swan talked about the value the hospital has placed on women since July 1952. “We have loved and valued women from the beginning,” she said. “Our very first patient was a female who quickly gave birth to our second patient, a female. We opened our doors a day early for her to give birth in our brand new hospital back in 1952.”
She also shared information about three of the hospital’s programs – Spirit of Women, Spirit Girls, and Ambassadors.
Swan noted that the Spirit of Women program, which was started in 2004, is about women taking care of and action for their health. “Women have to take care of themselves if they are going to care for everybody else,” she said.
She also talked about the student programs at the hospital – Spirit Girls, which is for girls in grades 7 through 12, and works to instill self-esteem in young women. “Learn to be yourself, have self-confidence, and know that you are beautiful, no matter what anybody tells you,” said Swan, mentioning that Spirit Girls is also a big program for volunteerism in the community. Spirit Girls were on hand Sunday to help contestants move into their dorm rooms on The University of Southern Mississippi campus and will continue to help throughout the week.
The hospital’s Ambassador program, which is for college-age students, helps students earn volunteer hours and gain experience in healthcare and build their resume.
Swan ended by sharing the hospital’s We CARE values, which she said they could take with them forever and use in many different scenarios.
- C – communicate with courtesy and compassion
- A – acknowledge and take action
- R – respect and reassure
- E – empathize and explain.
Miss Meridian, Sarah Paige Shirley, is a public policy leadership major at the University of Mississippi. “It is amazing getting to know so many girls from across the state who have really like-minded goals and who all have the same drive and are working hard for the same end goal – to serve Mississippi,” she said.
Petal’s Cambri Brewer, a UM senior studying social work, is enjoying sharing with the other contestants, who she met for the first time during a May workshop, the many things right here in her own backyard in the Pine Belt. “It feels amazing to be able to show other people what I love so much,” she said. “It’s been exciting getting to know them.”
During their visit, contestants decorated and stuffed goodie bags for the Forrest General Cancer Center. Radiation Oncologist, Sophy Mangana, MD, Shannon Vega, radiology director and FGCC service line administrator, and FCC Nurse Navigator, Ramona Martin, RN, were on hand to talk with the girls and accept their kind donations. The bags, which were decorated by the girls, contained care items such as eye masks, soft socks, lotion, and a variety of snacks, as well as notes of encouragement.
For more information on Forrest General and its available services, visit forrestgeneral.com.