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.
Anderson Offers Online Bill Payment & Pre-Registration
Life just got a bit easier for patients of Anderson Regional Medical Center with the implementation of online bill payment and pre-registration for medical procedures.
“It’s quick, simple and secure,” said L. Ray Humphreys, President & CEO of Anderson. “We are pleased to offer this streamlined service for our many patients.”
Features of the online bill payment service include the opportunity to pay bills with VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover cards. Another added benefit is the ability to add comments that go directly to the Anderson business office.
The new online pre-registration feature is also efficient and secure. Patients will be able to take care of the pre-registration paperwork without actually coming to Anderson.
To start today managing and paying bills online or pre-registering for a medical procedure at Anderson, simply go to www.andersonregional.org, click on the appropriate quick link and follow the steps outlined. To pay your bill online, you will need your Anderson account number, which is located on the top right of your hospital statement.
MERIDIAN, MS — Anderson Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Ray Gullette, RN, BSN, MHS, has been named the new director of Horizons Geri-Psych Center at Anderson-South.
Gullette has held many positions in the areas of senior care and psychiatric care during his career. He most recently served as Director of Clinical Operations, Behavioral Health Division, for Pioneer Health Services in Magee. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of SilverLeaf Manor. Gullette was also employed by East Mississippi State Hospital where he served in many capacities during his 27 years of employment.
John Anderson, Vice President and Administrator of Anderson-South, said, “Ray brings a wealth of expertise to our Geri-Pych Center. His vast knowledge and experience in senior behavioral health services will be very instrumental in us continuing to provide high quality care for our patients."
Gullette has a Masters Degree in Health Science Administration from Mississippi College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Southern Mississippi. He obtained his Registered Nurse Diploma from Matty Hersee School of Nursing and an Associate of Arts Degree from Meridian Community College.
Gullette holds an array of certifications including Certified Mental Health Therapist by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. He is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Supervisor Manager, and Basic Supervisor Program Graduate with the Mississippi State Personnel Board. Gullette serves as a Primary Instructor for the Acute and Long Term Care Certified Nurse Aid Training Program, the New Employee Nurse Competency Program and the Annual Nurse Competency Program.
He is a graduate of the Leadership Essentials Program with Pioneer Health Services and the State Executive Development Institute in the John C. Stennis Institute of Government. Gullette is a member of the Mississippi Multicultural Task Force Committee.
Gullette and his wife, who is also a nurse, have two children and live in Collinsville.
Anderson Regional Medical Center is the largest health care facility in East Mississippi/West Alabama and is home to the most established heart care center and the region’s only comprehensive cancer center.
Voting begins at 12:01 a.m., Sunday, February 23, and ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 3. Anderson Health and Fitness Center will accept walk-in votes during regular business hours February 23-March 2 and from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3. Mailed votes must be received by 5 p.m. March 3.
Voting is open to the general public and costs $1 per vote (min. $5 online charge). Voting is limited to persons 18 years or older. There is no limit on the amount of votes a person can cast. Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology, which may be used for tracking. Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so that is does not interfere with processing your entry.
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Winner Determination: Winner will be determined by the total number of votes received. In the event of a tie, Anderson Health and Fitness Center will randomly pick the winner from the tied entries. The winner will be announced Friday, March 21, at the school the student attends.
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As part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness about heart disease and how to have a healthier heart, we have partnered with the American Heart Association to offer a free heart check to determine the state of your heart and what you can do to live a better, healthier life.
Some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.
Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—adults should have at least five servings each day. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium in your diet also can lower your blood pressure. For more information on healthy diet and nutrition, visit CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Web site and ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate a number called the body mass index (BMI). Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip measurements to measure a person's body fat. If you know your weight and height, you can calculate your BMI at CDC's Assessing Your Weight Web site.
Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. For more information, see CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Web site.
Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. You can check your blood pressure at home, at a pharmacy, or at a doctor's office. Find more information at CDC's High Blood Pressure Web site.
Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit. For more information about tobacco use and quitting, see CDC's Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site and Smokefree.gov.
Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure. Men should stick to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no more than one. For more information, visit CDC's Alcohol and Public Health Web site.
Have your cholesterol checked. Your health care provider should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. Talk with your doctor about this simple blood test. You can find out more from CDC's High Cholesterol Web site.
Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely, and talk with your doctor about treatment options. Visit CDC's Diabetes Public Health Resource for more information.
Take your medicine. If you're taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don't understand something.