Healthcare decision making topic of series of meetings


Forrest General Hospital, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making – an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As a participating organization, Forrest General Hospital is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Mississippi state laws. These resources are available at

 Forrest General Hospital is welcoming the public to attend a seminar offering free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. The seminar schedule for the rest of the year follows:

• May 15
• July 31
• September 18
• November 20

 All seminars begin at 12 p.m. noon in the hospital’s Hickory Room. Visit the classes and events page at for more information about these free seminars.  

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Dr. Jacob Graham, medical director for Palliative and Supportive Care, Forrest General Hospital.  


State of Public Health Discussed; Portrait Unveiled  

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Health Professions will host a symposium featuring Dr. Thomas Dobbs of the Mississippi State Department of Health, Thursday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Asbury Hall, Room 124 on the Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Dobbs' presentation topic will be "The State of Public Health in Mississippi."  

A portrait of Dr. Lynn C. Hartwig has been commissioned by her family and will be hung in Elizabeth Harkins Hall, following the unveiling.  Dr. Hartwig founded the USM Center for Community Health, which has evolved into today's Public Health program at USM.  Her family endowed a scholarship in her name, following her passing in 1996.