Forrest General Hospital

FALL 2014

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FORREST GENERAL HOME CARE AND HOSPICE is lowering operating costs, meeting an increased demand for care, and providing more reliable fuel-efcient transportation for its clinical staf. The leased vehicles are an alternative to mileage reimbursement, thus eliminating the need for wear and tear on personal vehicles. A roll out of 93 new 2014 Nissan Sentra SV's was made available to Forrest General's Home Care and Hospice nurses, therapists, social workers, and nursing assistants. The new feet of leased cars, wrapped with the Forrest General Home Care and Hospice logo, was unveiled on June 3, 2014 at the Hattiesburg ofce location. Cars were also unveiled at the remaining seven branch ofces located in Columbia, Tylertown, Prentiss, Lumberton, Picayune, Richton and Laurel. Melita Miller, director of Forrest General Home Care and Hospice said, "Our frst priority is to serve the medical needs of our patients by providing high-quality care to patients in our 19-county service area. The decision to switch to leasing vehicles from mileage reimbursement demonstrates that it is possible to signifcantly reduce our operating expenses while ofering our staf the benefts of safe and reliable transportation." Angela Huggins, chief quality ofcer, added, "Our Home Care and Hospice staf drives over 2.4 million miles annually across an 11 thousand square mile territory. Providing a vehicle for our employees will enhance employee satisfaction, decrease downtime, decrease our costs and improve absenteeism." By partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management, employees are issued leased cars accompanied by a comprehensive care package including insurance, maintenance, and vehicle registration. A fuel card program is also provided that automatically monitors fuel purchases and mileage for each vehicle. Forrest General Home Care and Hospice staf expects the professionally marked cars to provide an advantage in a highly competitive industry. "Automobiles with a professional appearance will promote a highly visible, positive image of our agency. Our employees are very excited about being given the opportunity to represent us in these vehicles," explained Miller. Forrest General Home Care and Hospice provides a broad range of health care services including skilled nursing, therapy services, social services, nursing assistants, physician services, bereavement and counseling services, spiritual care, nutritional services, volunteer services, and other support services needed by our patients. Achieving high outcomes, enhancing quality of life, and providing outstanding care are goals Forrest General Home Care and Hospice consistently achieve. Forrest General Home Care and Hospice has received numerous awards and recognition including Top 100 and Top 500 Home Care Elite Status, Home Care Elite Status 2006-2013 for clinical outcomes and best practices and winner of the Vision Award for 2009 and 2010 for clinical outcomes and best practices. Pictured, at top, is one of the new 2014 Nissan Sentra SV's. Pictured, above, is Jennifer Staten, social worker, Forrest General Hospice. Pictured, right, are: Melita Miller, director, Forrest General Home Care and Hospice, left, and Ken Roberts, chaplain bereavement coordinator, Forrest General Hospice. 2 5 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m FA L L 2 014 S P I R I T O F W O M E N

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