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.
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 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 http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.
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.
Gullette Named New Director of Geri-Psych Center
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.