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Anderson Designated as Meridian's Only Chest Pain Center

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Meridian, MS- July 8, 2015- Anderson Regional Medical Center has been designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Anderson is the only accredited chest pain center in Meridian, and one of eight centers in Mississippi.

Dr. Wes Bennett, who served as the Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center Accreditation process, said, “This designation follows an extensive accreditation process and a rigorous survey involving local EMS, as well as Anderson’s Emergency Department staff, Cardiologists, Cath Lab staff and Nursing staff. Many processes, procedures and people had to come together to meet the criteria required to receive this accreditation.”

“The accreditation process was a huge undertaking, and it would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of the entire team. This accreditation sets Anderson apart in our continued efforts to provide high quality care to our patients and community,” added Jennifer Bell, RN, BSN, CCCC, Director of Cardiovascular Services at Anderson.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest pain centers better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards and adopt best practices designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that received SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

  • By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation status, Anderson demonstrated expertise in the following areas:
  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

“Being designated as an accredited chest pain center gives further validity to what we’ve known all along- Anderson is the destination point for cardiac care,” commented John Anderson, President and CEO of Anderson Regional Medical Center.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to improve patient outcomes.


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 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.




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.

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