Forrest General Hospital

FALL 2014

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Pine Belt residents honored as "Spirit in Action" winners during annual event Above: Speaker Sheri Y. Prentiss, M.D., shares her remarkable story with event attendees. Below: Spirit in Action award winners are pictured on the stage following the event. Pictured from left to right are: Kathy Garner, Dr. Rodney Bennett, Rick Taylor, Robert St. John and Carolyn Hood. FIVE PINE BELT RESIDENTS were honored for their commitment to caring for the community as winners of the Spirit in Action Awards, presented at the annual Spirit of Women Spring Event on April 17. This year's event brought men and women of all ages from across the region to hear Board Certifed Occupational Medicine physician and fve-year breast cancer survivor – Sheri Y. Prentiss, M.D. Dr. Prentiss was honored to represent the Susan G. Komen 3-Day as the National Spokesperson. She now shares her story, her voice, her life and her victory as an impassioned motivational speaker. During the event, fve special attendees were surprised by being called to the stage as winners of the 2014 Spirit in Action awards, recognizing their work in making the Pine Belt a healthier, safer and more inspirational place to live. This year's winners were: • Dr. Rodney Bennett – Dr. Bennett became the 10th President of the University of Southern Mississippi on April 1, 2013. But, before he even became President, he jumped into action leading the university's recovery from the powerful EF-4 tornado that ripped through the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on February 10. • Kathy Garner – Garner has worked diligently for more than 30 years to improve the city of Hattiesburg and the surrounding communities. Most recently, she has developed programs to address homelessness, HIV/AIDS and poverty. From obtaining grants, to improving a local school, to turning dilapidated apartments into housing for low-income families, Garner is always looking for a way to help those who have no voice in our community. • Carolyn Hood – Hood has given freely of her time over the years and served on numerous boards. She has always been very active in Parkway United Methodist Church, and provides professional counseling to those in need. However, it is her work in missions in Honduras through Baptist Medical Dental International that emphasizes what a caring person she is. Hood has organized many teams over the years to provide medical, dental and surgical care to the Honduran people. • Robert St. John – St. John is a father, husband, restaurateur, chef, author and columnist. Although those are signifcant achievements, it is his work with Extra Table that makes him so deserving to be named as a Spirit in Action Award winner. Extra Table is a statewide non-proft organization founded by St. John that helps supply mission pantries and soup kitchens with healthy, shelf-stable food. His never ending energy and passion for Extra Table has resulted in feeding many people who would otherwise have gone hungry! • Rick Taylor – Taylor serves as executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission and the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission. He has taken the entire city of Hattiesburg and south Mississippi to a whole new level. His hard work and vision is evidenced in the Lake Terrace Convention Center, the Saenger Theatre, two museums and most noticeably at the Hattiesburg Zoo.

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