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The following is a list of recent Anderson Regional Medical Center news articles.  To read an entire article, please click on the article headline.



Handprints of Hope T-Shirts Benefiting the Cancer Patient Benevolence Fund

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Honor the cancer survivors in our community by purchasing a Handprints of Hope t-shirt!

Proceeds from the t-shirt sales of these great t-shirts go to the Cancer Patient Benevolence Fund, which assists local cancer patients with transportation, nutrition and items that insurance may not cover.

The t-shirt is Comfort Colors brand and is available in short sleeve and long sleeve. Colors available are yellow, light blue and gray. Visit http://www.mprintsstore.com/online_stores.htm to order your shirt today! All shirts will be delivered to the cancer center. You will be notified when they are ready for pick up.

 

Become a Member and WIN!

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It's a great time to be a member of Anderson Health & Fitness Center.

Not only do we offer more than 60,000 square feet of top work out space, we also have a large array of classes — plus our Crossfit Torment Box.

Join now to be a part of these great promotions.

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Anderson Announces New CEO

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April 30, 2015- Anderson Regional Medical Center today announced John G. Anderson, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We, as a Board, have every confidence in John’s ability to lead Anderson,” Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board, told hundreds of community leaders and staff who had gathered for the announcement.

“John has earned this position by working his way up through the ranks over the past 25 years, through his dedication to Anderson Regional Medical Center, and because of his integrity and strong faith,” Dr. Anderson continued.

“It’s humbling and uplifting to know I am continuing the mission and legacy set forth in 1928 by my grandfather, Dr. Jeff Anderson, who worked tirelessly and gave everything to serve and heal the people of our region,” John Anderson commented. “He set the gold standard that I will continue to uphold.

“I will be working with our team of extraordinary physicians, staff and volunteers, as well as our patient community, to build on the state and national reputation of excellence Anderson has already established, and make us the destination of choice for premier health care,” John Anderson said.

A national executive search firm and a diverse search committee led the charge to select Anderson’s new CEO. The search committee was led by long time board member, Jan Farrington, along with two community representatives, three physician representatives, and one staff representative. The search committee carefully reviewed the resumes of numerous, qualified executives from across the nation, and they conducted many interviews to ensure their recommendation to the Board was the best choice for the Anderson system.

“Finding a President and CEO to lead our changing and growing organization was a challenging task. Every person the search committee interviewed for the position was top notch, but there was one name that continued to rise to the surface, and that was John,” Dr. Joe Anderson said.

Anderson has served as Interim CEO since August 2014. Anderson was first named as a Vice President in 1990, with additional responsibilities as Vice President of Operations from 2008-2011. In 2011, Anderson was named Vice President and Administrator of Anderson Regional Medical Center- South, roles he continued to fulfill during his time as Interim CEO.

Prior to joining the Anderson system in 1990, Anderson served as Assistant Administrator of Tift Regional Medical Center and CEO of Tift Regional Foundation, Tifton, Georgia, as well as Assistant Administrator, Brookwood Medical Center, Homewood, Alabama.

Anderson is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and he has a Master’s of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Anderson is a member of the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA), the MHA Legislative Action Committee, and he is a board member of East Central Healthnet. Anderson is a past Board President and Campaign Chair for the United Way of East Mississippi. He currently serves as Board President for the Mississippi Industry for the Developmentally Disabled‐Meridian Division.

Anderson and his wife, Debra, have four children, Kristen, John, Casey, and Jen, and seven grandchildren. John and Debra are active members of First Baptist Church in Meridian.

As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Medical Center is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

 

Anderson First in State to Offer TomoTherapy for Cancer Patients

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Meridian, MS- April 7, 2015- Doctors at Anderson Regional Cancer Center are now treating cancer patients with the most advanced radiation system available, rivaling systems used at some of the largest cancer treatment centers in the world. The new TomoTherapy® System delivers treatments with increased speed and precision while reducing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Anderson’s TomoTherapy System is one of only thirteen TomoTherapy systems in the nation, and the only TomoTherapy System in the state of Mississippi.

“At Anderson Regional Cancer Center, we take pride in offering the most advanced cancer treatment options available,” said Dr. Scott Anderson, Radiation Oncologist. “The TomoTherapy System’s unique design and capabilities give our team the ability to target tumors in ways never before thought possible and deliver aggressive, extremely accurate and highly individualized treatment for each patient. We’re excited to offer this leading-edge technology to our patients as part of our continued commitment to high quality patient care.”

TomoTherapy uses a linear accelerator merged onto a computed tomography (CT) based framework, which allows radiation to be delivered in a helical fashion from 360 degrees. Treatments can be continuously delivered to the tumor from every angle. More beam directions also provides assurance that the dose will be confined to the tumor, reducing the risk of short- and long-term side effects.

Anderson added, “The TomoTherapy System can efficiently treat large tumors, or multiple tumors in different areas of the body in the same treatment session. The system also enables patients with recurring tumors to receive additional radiation that would not have been performed with traditional radiation systems.”

The TomoTherapy System excels at treating cancers that are historically difficult to treat such as head and neck, esophageal and lung. TomoTherapy can increase the chances of controlling a solitary pulmonary nodule from 45% with surgical resection to 70% using this technology. In some cases lung cancer patients will receive only one week of TomoTherapy treatments as compared to seven weeks with traditional radiation therapy systems.

“TomoTherapy has amazing promise for gynecologic and prostate cancers as well, and we are working with one of the most advanced planning systems in the world to help add those treatments to this program,” Anderson said.

TomoTherapy radiation sessions are non-invasive and typically pain-free. The TomoTherapy System is clinically proven to be effective and improve patients’ quality of life.

Anderson Regional Cancer Center has been providing cancer care for residents of East Mississippi and West Alabama since 2000. The center is fully accredited by the College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer, providing Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Chemotherapy, Nutritional Counseling, Social Services/Patient Navigation and a Tumor Registry. The physicians of Meridian Oncology Associates, Dr. John Clay, Dr. John Halbrook, Dr. Dwight Keady, Dr. John Voss, and Dr. Matthew Cassell, are an integral part of the oncology program at Anderson. For more information about Anderson Regional Cancer Center and TomoTherapy, please call 601-485-5081.

As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson is the established leader in offering premier medical services. Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the continued mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

 

TomoTherapy At Anderson RCC

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Anderson First in State to Offer TomoTherapy for Cancer Patients

Meridian, MS - April 7, 2015 - Doctors at Anderson Regional Cancer Center are now treating cancer patients with the most advanced radiation system available, rivaling systems used at some of the largest cancer treatment centers in the world. Anderson’s new TomoTherapy System® is one of only 13 TomoTherapy systems in the nation, and the only one in the state of Mississippi. The TomoTherapy System delivers treatments with increased speed and precision while reducing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

“At Anderson Regional Cancer Center, we take pride in offering the most advanced cancer treatment options available,” said Dr. Scott Anderson, Radiation Oncologist. “The TomoTherapy System’s unique design and capabilities give our team the ability to target tumors in ways never before thought possible and deliver aggressive, extremely accurate and highly individualized treatment for each patient. We’re excited to offer this leading-edge technology to our patients as part of our continued commitment to high quality patient care.”

TomoTherapy uses a linear accelerator merged onto a computed tomography (CT) based framework, which allows radiation to be delivered in a helical fashion from 360 degrees Treatments can be continuously delivered to the tumor from every angle. More beam directions also provides assurance that the dose will be confined to the tumor, reducing the risk of short- and long-term side effects.

Anderson added, “The TomoTherapy System can efficiently treat large tumors, or multiple tumors in different areas of the body in the same treatment session. The system also enables patients with recurring tumors to receive additional radiation that would not have been performed with traditional radiation systems.”

The TomoTherapy System excels at treating cancers that are historically difficult to treat such as head and neck, esophageal and lung. TomoTherapy can increase the chances of controlling a solitary pulmonary nodule from 45 percent with surgical resection to 70 percent using this technology. In some cases, lung cancer patients will receive only one week of TomoTherapy treatments as compared to seven weeks with traditional radiation therapy systems.

“TomoTherapy has amazing promise for gynecologic and prostate cancers as well, and we are working with one of the most advanced planning systems in the world to help add those treatments to this program,” Anderson said.

TomoTherapy radiation sessions are non-invasive and typically pain-free. The TomoTherapy System is clinically proven to be effective and improve patients’ quality of life.

Anderson Regional Cancer Center has been providing cancer care for residents of East Mississippi and West Alabama since 2000. The center is fully accredited by the College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer, providing Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Chemotherapy, Nutritional Counseling, Social Services/Patient Navigation and a Tumor Registry. The physicians of Meridian Oncology Associates, Dr. John Clay, Dr. John Halbrook, Dr. Dwight Keady, Dr. John Voss, and Dr. Matthew Cassell, are an integral part of the cancer program at Anderson. For more information about Anderson Regional Cancer Center and TomoTherapy, please call 601-485-5081 or visit www.andersonregional.org

As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson is the established leader in offering premier medical services. Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the continued mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

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