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Prostate Screening Sept. 18, 2014

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Free Prostate Screening Offered

Anderson Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer free prostate cancer screenings for men who have never been screened Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Dr. Robert Dilworth and Dr. Mark Phillips will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. at the north campus in Same Day Surgery for the screenings.

The free screenings are by appointment only, so please call 601.553.6894 today to set up your screening.


Know Your Heart Lunch & Learn

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How well do you know your heart?

Anderson Regional Medical Center invites you to a Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jennifer Rodriguez Thursday, August 14, 2014, noon to 1 p.m. in the Anderson Auditorium.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and Cardiologist Jennifer Rodriguez, MD, FACC, will present important facts on “Early Heart Attack Care” and the “Signs and Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)” during this informative Lunch & Learn.
Reserve your spot today! Call 601.553.6335
Seating is limited, so call to reserve your slot.


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.

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