United States Senator, Roger Wicker, visits Forrest General Hospital

Published 2:48 pm Thursday, November 10, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (November 3, 2022) United States Senator, Roger Wicker (R-MS) visited Forrest General Hospital on Thursday where he toured both the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).


“This is a very impressive facility, no question about it,” Wicker said. “In terms of inpatient care, it’s got the highest patient load in the state of Mississippi, which is quite remarkable. I learned a lot of things today and had a lot of information reinforced. The same inflation that is hitting households, the grocery and gasoline budgets of average Americans, is really taking its toll on healthcare facilities like this. So, something is going to have to be done when the reimbursement rate from the insurers, including the federal insurers, is coming in at two and three percent and inflation is 8.9 percent. That can’t be sustained, so it’s something we are going to have to address, and I think probably earlier than later. To me, it’s a short-term need that needs to be handled before the end of the year.”

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Wicker’s stop at Forrest General Hospital provided him the opportunity to visit the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which cares for premature, underweight, and/or sick babies requiring the highest level of care after birth.

The hospital’s NICU consists of a total of 23 beds, divided between an intensive care unit, intermediate care nursery, and isolation room for critically ill infants. The NICU is supported by four neonatologists, two nurse practitioners, and highly-skilled nurses, respiratory therapists, and acute and advanced care techs trained in neonatal care.

Wicker also stopped by the Intensive Care Unit, which houses 48 critical care beds, both ICU and CCU, and played a critical role in the hospital’s commitment to CARE during the pandemic.


Wicker has served since December 31, 2017. His current term ends on January 3, 2025. Prior to his service in the U.S. Senate, Wicker served seven terms, beginning in 1994, as a member of the United States House of Representatives representing

Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District. He also served in the Mississippi State Senate on behalf of Mississippi’s Lee and Pontotoc counties.


For more information about Forrest General Hospital, visit www.forrestgeneral.org.