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Rehab Pays Off for Lane

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Rehab and Resilience Pay Off for Starting Pitcher

MERIDIAN, MS — Nothing can be more upsetting to a young athlete than an injury that derails his sports career. West Lauderdale High School starting pitcher Ryan Lane thought that is what had happened to him in May 2013 when he heard a loud “pop” in his elbow while pitching.

An immediate visit to Dr. James Green Jr., a physician at Meridian Orthopaedic Clinic who works with the Anderson Sports Medicine Team, revealed the unfortunate diagnosis — a right elbow ulnar collateral ligament tear. The UCL tear could have been a career-ending injury for Lane, but with surgery and intensive outpatient rehabilitation, he not only made a complete recovery but improved his game.

Dr. Green referred Lane to Dr. Benton Emblom at Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Ala., and after the surgical procedure May 22, 2013, Lane knew he had a long road to recovery ahead of him. That recovery began at Anderson Outpatient Rehabilitation Center with outpatient occupational therapy just nine days after the surgery.

Lane’s treatment protocol consisted of phases progressing from range of motion and strengthening to advanced strengthening and return-to-activity sessions. A short 16 weeks after surgery, through a team effort with occupational therapy specialists and the Anderson Sports Medicine Team, Lane began an interval throwing program. As he became stronger, his physician approved a rehabilitation program that became more specific; his throwing program advanced when he successfully completed each phase. In the advanced phases towards Lane’s return to the game, the Anderson Sports Medicine Team provided his ongoing care.

On March 1, 2014, Lane returned to the pitching mound for the West Lauderdale High School baseball team and played a huge part in the successful 33-2 season. Lane pitched the final game in the MHSAA Class 4A State Championship series, helping his team take the title. Despite the injury of less than a year before, Lane pitched seven strong innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six batters and earning the win.

Before his injury in 2013, Lane pitching speed was 82 to 83 miles per hour; after the injury, surgery and vigorous rehabilitation, Lane now has a pitching speed of 87 to 89 miles per hour.

The career-threatening UCL injury did not sideline Lane, thanks to expert help from physicians, Anderson Occupational Therapy specialists and the Anderson Sports Medicine Team — plus a lot of hard work on his part.

“My Occupational Therapist, Scott White, did everything he could and then some,” Lane remembers. “If it wasn’t for his hard work, I wouldn’t be back playing baseball.”

Lane has a bright future in sports ahead. He was named a second team All-State player for the 2013-14 baseball season and has signed to play baseball with Meridian Community College.


Anderson Best Hospital in 2014 Reader's Choice

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Anderson Ranked Best Hospital in 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards

Anderson Regional Medical Center was named “Best Hospital” in the The Meridian Star’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards, an honor Anderson has received for many years.

Tom C. Maynor Rehabilitation Center was recognized as “Best Rehabilitation” in the area, and Anderson Regional Health & Fitness Center took top honors as “Best Fitness Center.”

Dr. Marc F. Fisher of Anderson Family Medical Center – Riverbirch took second place as “Best Primary Care Doctor”, and Tori Boling, RN, was recognized as second place for “Best Nurse.”


Free Cancer Screening May 29, 2014

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Anderson Conducts Free Skin Cancer Screening

Anderson Regional Cancer Center is offering a free skin cancer screening by three highly trained physicians Thursday, May 29, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Center. Dr. Neill C. Porter, Board Certified Dermatolgist; and Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Dr. Mark S. Elliott and Dr. Lee K. Thornton will conduct the screenings.

Despite all of the media about breast cancer and prostate cancer, skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer — the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. But this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight.

More than two million people in the United States are diagnosed with nonmelanoma (basal or squamous cell) skin cancer each year. The number of new melanoma cases increases each year. In 2014, it is estimated that there will be almost 140,000 new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

One way to reduce the risk of getting skin cancer is to limit or avoid exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Checking your skin for suspicious changes can help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages. Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment.

The free skin cancer screening at Anderson Regional Cancer Center is by appointment only and limited appointments are available. No walk-ins will be accepted. Anderson Regional Cancer Center is located at 1704 23rd Avenue and is the only cancer center in the East Mississippi/West Alabama region.

To secure your skin cancer screening, please call 601.485.5081.


Cancer Survivors Day - Handprints of Hope

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Handprints of Hope:

Anderson Recognizes National Cancer Survivors Day

Anderson Regional Cancer Center will recognize and honor cancer survivors in a unique way to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day.

From Tuesday, May 27 to Friday, May 30, the Cancer Center invites survivors to come by and put their “Handprints of Hope” on a canvas that will be hung in the Cancer Center to encourage other patients.

Survivors, family and friends are invited to the Cancer Center at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 27, to kick-off the effort. The “Handprints of Hope” canvas is available for survivors to place handprints throughout the week, culminating with cupcakes and punch in the lobby of the Cancer Center Friday, May 30.

National Cancer Survivors Day is June 1. The number of people with a history of cancer in the United States has increased dramatically, from 3 million in 1971 to about 13.7 million today. Of these, an estimated 379,112 are survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer, which means they were diagnosed before the age of 20.

About 68 percent of today’s cancer survivors were diagnosed with cancer five or more years ago. And approximately 15 percent of all cancer survivors were diagnosed 20 or more years ago. More than half of cancer survivors are 65 or older. And an estimated 1 in 530 adults between the ages of 20 and 39 is a survivor of childhood cancer.

Most cancer survivors were initially diagnosed with common cancers. For example, 22 percent of survivors had breast cancer, 20 percent had prostate cancer, 9 percent had colorectal cancer and 8 percent had cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancers.


Anderson Certified Primary Stroke Center

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Anderson Stroke Center Receives Advanced Certification

MERIDIAN, MS – May 14, 2014 — The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Anderson Regional Medical Center with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Anderson’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Anderson underwent a rigorous on-site review in January 2014. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Anderson’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Anderson demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Anderson for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.” Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

“Anderson is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Ray Humphreys, President and CEO. “In addition to our Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”

Kristen Isom, Anderson Stroke Care Coordinator, adds, “Mississippi is one of several states that lead the nation in the occurrence of stroke. We are proud that Anderson has taken the steps to provide a high level of care to the people of East Mississippi and West Alabama when it comes to treating strokes. The next closest stroke center is approximately 90 miles away, which could make a big difference in the patient’s treatment and recovery.”

Anderson will display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Anderson is providing the next generation of stroke or heart failure care, and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit or

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