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George Regional Health System Set to Host 3rd Annual Pink Pumpkin Patch & 5k Fun Walk/Run

On Saturday, October 4, George Regional Hospital’s campus will be filled with pink pumpkins in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The 3rd annual event begins at 8:30 a.m. on the hospital’s campus with a 5k Fun Walk/Run through the city of Lucedale. The “Pink Pumpkin Patch” will be open to the community. The event features many FREE activities: face painting, pink pumpkin decorating, refreshments, and great door prizes (including free mammogram certificates, gift baskets, and more!).  And new this year is a One Mile Fun Run!

Businesses as well as individuals are asked to show their support by decorating a pumpkin.  Pumpkins are $10 each and will be available the last week of September for decorating. The pumpkins will then be displayed at the event.

The 5k Fun Walk/Run is $20 and includes a commemorative T-shirt. Pre-registration is due by September 18th. Participants may also register the day of the race but are not guaranteed a shirt.

Registration forms, 5K and 1 mile routes can be found on the links below as well as at the Wellness Center, 838 Mill Street.

For questions, please contact Stephanie Chisholm at 601-947-0709 or

Knotts Brings 20 + Years of Speech Therapy Experience to George Regional Health System

Speech Therapist Luci Knotts recently joined the staff at Southeast Rehab. “As a child, I could not say the ‘r’ sound and was teased a lot—hence the reason I chose this profession,” Knotts laughs. A graduate of the University of South Alabama, sh003e earned her Master’s Degree in 1995.

Her extensive 20-year career includes working with the Pascagoula school system, providing speech therapy in the nursing home setting, and most recently at Singing River Health System. “Actually, a patient I was treating from Lucedale planted the seed to come to George County,” she explains. “I’m excited to be here. This health system is growing and I’m glad to be a part of that growth.”

Knotts will focus on providing outpatient speech therapy at the rehab center (838 Mill Street) and in the nursing home setting at George Regional Health & Rehab. “The variety of this profession is what I enjoy the most. I may be working with a newborn baby, then helping a stroke victim—I love the challenge of it,” she explains.

“I’m very interested in feeding issues in children. My goal is to become certified in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach, which is a way to address problematic feeding behaviors. There’s a real need in this area,” Knotts points out. “So many babies and children are being referred to outlying areas and it would be wonderful to offer the service here. Early intervention is key.”

Southeast Rehab & Wellness Center, an extension of George Regional Health System, helps patients effectively manage their wellness and rehabilitation. The center features a blend of prevention and treatment services all at one location. For more information, call 601-947-9190.