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Forrest General Hospital’s Nurse Extern Program Graduates 11

Nurse Extern Program graduates with their University of Southern Mississippi instructor, Kim Smith, RN, MSN.   HATTIESBURG, Miss. (August 2, 2021) Students who participated in the 2021 Forrest General Hospital Nurse Extern Program completed their training Friday, July 30. The nursing students, who all attend the University of Southern Mississippi, complimented the program saying they have gained valuable experience during the past two months that will help them better care for patients in the future. The 2021 Nurse Extern Program, which began at the beginning of the summer, concluded with a reception. The nurse externs are senior-level nursing students who work under an RN preceptor to further develop their nursing skills. They will return to school this fall, with most graduating in December. This summer program, which ran from May 24 to July 30, is a joint effort between the Mississippi Council of Deans and the Mississippi Hospital Association. Kim Smith, RN, MSN, serves as

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Forrest General Hospital Has Six Medical Residents Complete Program; Welcomes New Group of 3-Year Residents

Doctors completing the Residency program are, from left, Justin Dyer, MD; Amber Norris, DO; James Presgraves, MD; Rachel Yi, MD; and Michael Vanderloo, DO. Not pictured, Ross Ganucheau, MD.  Hattiesburg, Miss. — (July 8, 2021) Forrest General Hospital’s fifth group of doctoral students completed their three-year residency with Forrest General Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency and have accepted full-time medical positions. As these graduates completed their studies, the healthcare network is welcoming its sixth class of

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Forrest General Hospital Congratulates Hattiesburg Woman for Serving as National AMA Alliance President

Both Heather and Brian Rifkin, MD, serve at helm of respective medical groups HATTIESBURG, Miss. (July 7, 2021) Heather Rifkin, PharmD, of Hattiesburg was recently installed as national president of the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance. The AMA is a nationwide network of physician families, while the AMA Alliance represents these families. The Alliance’s nationwide network encompasses all stages of life in a physician family – from the training years to retirement. Rifkin’s husband, Brian

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Forrest General Hospital’s Papizan, Borganelli Recognized with Doctors C.A.R.E. Awards

Doctors C.A.R.E. Award winners, Cherie Papizan, MD (left) and S.M. “Mark” Borganelli, MD, FACC HATTIESBURG, Miss. (June 30, 2021) Cherie Papizan, MD, and S.M. “Mark” Borganelli, MD, FACC, were recognized as the second quarter winners of the Doctors C.A.R.E. Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of physician members of Forrest General Hospital in service and contribution to the patient and physician community. Papizan was honored as the Physician Efficiency Champion, which is determined based on

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Forrest General Hospital Names 145 Spirit Girls for Upcoming Year

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (June 28, 2021) The 2021-2022 Spirit Girls, a program sponsored by Forrest General’s Spirit of Women, welcomes 145 young ladies to the opportunities and fun offered by this program. Spirit Girls is designed to reach young women through events targeted at promoting self-esteem and encouraging healthy lifestyles.  Spirit Girls participate in a wide range of activities and community service projects for organizations such as The Association for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities

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Forrest General Names Daisy Award Winner For June

From left, Chief Nursing Officer, Phyllis Chambers Berry, RN, with June’s DAISY Award Winner, Mark Gasatan, RN, and 8T Patient Care Manager, Corbin May. HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (June 23, 2021) Mark Gasatan, RN, a nurse on 8T, was named the recipient of the June DAISY Award at Forrest General Hospital. The award is presented monthly to a deserving nurse or nurses who exemplify clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model

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Forrest General Cancer Center Receives Lap Quilt Donations from Miss Pine Belt, Macy Mitchell

From left: Vice President Ben Hester, stands with Miss Pine Belt Macy Mitchell, and Cancer Center patient Navigator, Ramona Martin. HATTIESBURG, Miss. (June 22, 2021) For the past 10 years, Macy Mitchell, who has been a contestant in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, has been raising money as part of her state pageant platform, Communities Against Cancer. To date, she’s raised more than $40,000 to fund cancer research and to support cancer patients in the Pine Belt.

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Hattiesburg Clinic and Forrest Health Launch Vaccination Appreciation $2,500 Giveaway

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (July 9, 2021) – Hattiesburg Clinic and Forrest Health are pleased to announce the Vaccination Appreciation Giveaway to say thank you to the members of our community who have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.  Vaccination is our most useful tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19. It protects not just ourselves, but our families and our community. And now, that protection can pay off in another way. Six winners will be chosen

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Forrest General Hospital Has Six Medical Residents Complete Program; Welcomes New Group of 3-Year Residents

Doctors completing the Residency program are, from left, Justin Dyer, MD; Amber Norris, DO; James Presgraves, MD; Rachel Yi, MD; and Michael Vanderloo, DO. Not pictured, Ross Ganucheau, MD.  Hattiesburg, Miss. — (July 8, 2021) Forrest General Hospital’s fifth group of doctoral students completed their three-year residency with Forrest General Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency and have accepted full-time medical positions. As these graduates completed their studies, the healthcare network is welcoming its sixth class of

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Forrest General Hospital Congratulates Hattiesburg Woman for Serving as National AMA Alliance President

Both Heather and Brian Rifkin, MD, serve at helm of respective medical groups HATTIESBURG, Miss. (July 7, 2021) Heather Rifkin, PharmD, of Hattiesburg was recently installed as national president of the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance. The AMA is a nationwide network of physician families, while the AMA Alliance represents these families. The Alliance’s nationwide network encompasses all stages of life in a physician family – from the training years to retirement. Rifkin’s husband, Brian

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Forrest General Hospital’s Papizan, Borganelli Recognized with Doctors C.A.R.E. Awards

Doctors C.A.R.E. Award winners, Cherie Papizan, MD (left) and S.M. “Mark” Borganelli, MD, FACC HATTIESBURG, Miss. (June 30, 2021) Cherie Papizan, MD, and S.M. “Mark” Borganelli, MD, FACC, were recognized as the second quarter winners of the Doctors C.A.R.E. Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of physician members of Forrest General Hospital in service and contribution to the patient and physician community. Papizan was honored as the Physician Efficiency Champion, which is determined based on

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Forrest General Hospital Names 145 Spirit Girls for Upcoming Year

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (June 28, 2021) The 2021-2022 Spirit Girls, a program sponsored by Forrest General’s Spirit of Women, welcomes 145 young ladies to the opportunities and fun offered by this program. Spirit Girls is designed to reach young women through events targeted at promoting self-esteem and encouraging healthy lifestyles.  Spirit Girls participate in a wide range of activities and community service projects for organizations such as The Association for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities

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Forrest General Names Daisy Award Winner For June

From left, Chief Nursing Officer, Phyllis Chambers Berry, RN, with June’s DAISY Award Winner, Mark Gasatan, RN, and 8T Patient Care Manager, Corbin May. HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (June 23, 2021) Mark Gasatan, RN, a nurse on 8T, was named the recipient of the June DAISY Award at Forrest General Hospital. The award is presented monthly to a deserving nurse or nurses who exemplify clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model

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