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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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Anderson’s Commitment to Excellence Applauded by Surveyors

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MERIDIAN, MS- APRIL 2, 2015- Anderson Regional Medical Center was recently surveyed by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Over 300 quality and safety standards were measured, and Anderson achieved a remarkable 96.4% compliance for applicable standards.

Anderson is surveyed by The Joint Commission every three years. The date of the survey is unannounced until the surveyors are on-site, encouraging continuous improvement efforts instead of temporary readiness. The survey was led by a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors who evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. While on-site, the surveyors interacted with a variety of staff members as well as patients.

The surveyors were extremely pleased with their findings and made comments such as, “I would choose this hospital for my care; the patients interviewed had nothing but positive things to say; and Anderson is the cleanest hospital we have seen in a long time.”Several employees were singled out for developing innovative programs that the surveyors showed interest in implementing at other facilities.

John Anderson, Interim CEO, said, “Achieving 96.4% compliance on over 300 Joint Commission standards while undergoing the final two weeks of electronic health records implementation is an extraordinary achievement. These results are a true testament to the continuous commitment of our medical staff and employees to deliver safe, high quality care to our patients.”

Anderson adds, “Anderson-South is also a Joint Commission accredited facility, and received similar exemplary review findings during the survey process in May 2014.”

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., Chief Operating Officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Anderson for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

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.

 

Anderson Transitions to Electronic Health Records

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Pardon our progress as we implement Electronic Health Records!

We live in a digital age…
smart phones, tablets and web-enabled devices have forever changed our methods of communication. As the area’s premier healthcare system, Anderson Regional Medical Center is proud to be leveraging the technology of Electronic Health Records (EHR) to provide higher-quality care to our patients.

During this time of transition, we are aware that our patients may experience some delays. We have prepared for this by placing support staff around the hospital to help minimize delays as much as possible. Please bear with us as we go through this process that will add great benefits to your healthcare experience.

EHRs are transforming healthcare and Anderson is excited to be part of this great movement to provide higher-quality care and increased patient satisfaction to our patients.

FAQs

What are Electronic Health Records?
An Electronic Health Record is the systematic, electronic collection of health information. EHRs may include a range of data, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal statistics like age and weight and billing information.

Why is Anderson transitioning to Electronic Health Records?
In our effort to continually leverage technology to provide high-quality care to our patients, the use of electronic health records will help us better serve you.


What are the benefits of Electronic Health Records?
The benefits of EHRs include improved quality and convenience of patient care; increased patient participation in care; improved accuracy of diagnoses and health outcomes; and improved care coordination between providers. With the implementation of EHR, patients will now be able to view their medical records by using our secure, private, online patient portal called Anderson Access. This portal gives patients direct access to personal health information including laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge instructions and much more.


Is my information secure?
Yes. The EHR system has numerous access controls, encryption safeguards and audit trails in place. Rest assured that the security of your information is of the utmost importance and we have put a highly secure system in place to ensure your privacy.


What changes will I see?
Instead of your healthcare provider documenting information about your medical care on a paper record, he or she will now be typing it into a computer system. The system can be accessed by a stationary computer, rolling computer station, tablet or smart phone, so you may see your provider utilizing any one of these devices while meeting with you.

Thank you for trusting Anderson with your healthcare needs. Our mission is to continue our heritage of healing and improving the lives of the people we serve.

Take control of your health information with Anderson Access

A new feature of Electronic Health Records, Anderson Access is a secure, private web portal providing patients and their families with access to personal health information, including laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge instructions and much more. By registering for the patient portal, you will have up-to-date information about your health and be actively involved in your medical care.

We encourage all patients to utilize this user-friendly service that will greatly enhance the overall patient experience.

Access the Anderson Access patient portal by visiting our website at https://patients.andersonregional.org and register today!

Note: Anderson Access is compatible with Internet Explorer II and Chrome. If you are using other browsers, you  may encounter technical issues.

FAQS

How do I sign up for the portal?

Please visit https://patients.andersonregional.org. You will need your Medical Record Number as part of the secure registration process.

What information is available on the portal?

You will have access to lab results, discharge instructions, allergies, medication history, radiology reports and much more. Certain information that needs to be interpreted by a physician may take longer to appear in the portal.

Is my information safe?

Yes. Portal passwords and your personal health information are protected and secure. You and authorized family members are the only ones who can access your information. Also, a time-out feature protects your information if you leave the portal open.

Can my family access my information?
If you want family members to have access to your account, you can fill out a form in our medical records office to make them authorized users.

How do I reset my password?
Simply log in to your patient portal account and click “Preferences” on the home page. Then click “Change Password” on the right side of the screen.

What happens if I forget my password or username?
From the Anderson Access home page, select “Forgot Password” or “Forgot Username” in the log in section.

For technical support, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

or call 601.553.6109.

 

 

Anderson Embarks on Most Strategic Initiative in Decades

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Meridian, MS – March 31, 2015 –Anderson Regional Medical Center will be transitioning to an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system on April 1, 2015, the most strategic initiative the hospital has undertaken in decades. This system will provide significant enhancements for patients and caregivers alike.

Electronic Health Records is transforming health care at hospitals across the nation. The EHR system captures all data related to patient care (including information from radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, inpatient care, outpatient care, emergency care, and rehabilitation) in one comprehensive system that is accessible at all Anderson facilities. Caregivers will now be able to access patient information immediately, optimizing the ability to improve timeliness in patient care, diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Scot Bell, Chief Medical Officer, said, “Among the many benefits of the Electronic Health Record, those that will be immediately recognized include the physician’s ability to gain secure access to the patient’s complete medical record from anywhere at any time, as well as the ability to make patient care decisions based on real-time, up-to-date information. For instance, an emergency room physician will now have the ability to make diagnostic and treatment decisions based on information such as recent patient visits, outpatient diagnostic testing, or changes in medications that previously may not have been readily available.”

Under the direction of Steve Taylor, Director of Information Technology, a team of more than 100 Anderson employees has been working on this project for the past 18 months. The highly secure, encrypted system will be carefully monitored by the Anderson IT staff to ensure that all patient information remains confidential.

John Anderson, Interim CEO, said, “Part of our mission is to improve life for the people we serve, and Electronic Health Records will greatly increase our ability to do that with enhanced patient care decision support systems. While it may take some time to adjust to the new system, we expect it will ultimately allow our doctors, nurses and allied health professionals more time to interact with patients and care for their needs.  Furthermore, patients will have almost immediate access to their personal health information through our Anderson web based portal.”

As part of the EHR transition, Anderson will be implementing “Anderson Access”, a secure, private web portal that will provide patients with direct access to personal health information including laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge instructions, and much more. This service will allow patients to take a proactive approach to their health care by providing a more transparent view into the services they received, ultimately promoting a healthier lifestyle and improving patient satisfaction. Beginning April 1, 2015, patients will be able to sign up for an Anderson Access account and view medical records for visits that have taken place from that date forward.

As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals and a network of primary and specialty clinics, 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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