The following is a list of recent Anderson Regional Medical Center news articles.  To read an entire article, please click on the article headline.

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.


February 2015 H&F Center Joining Special

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Two hearts are better than one!

Join with a friend for 1/2 off!

Take advantage of the February membership special today at the Anderson Health & Fitness Center. Join with a friend and receive 1/2 off of the joining fee!

Our newly renovated facility is open seven days a week with 60,000-plus square feet of fitness area. And we feature more than 70 group classes!

Get started NOW. Call 601.553.6622 to schedule your personal tour.


Go Red Heart Health Seminar

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A must-attend FUN heart-health event!

Go Red Seminar

Friday, February 6, 1015 • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MSU Riley Center • Downtown Meridian

Don't miss this wonderful event on heart health. The American Heart Association "Go red for women… and the men who love them" event includes in-depth sessions on heart health, stress relief, exercise, healthy eating and more! Join seminar leader, cardiologist Jennifer Rodriguez, MD, FACC, for this informative event that includes lunch and a special fashion show featuring local survivors. Presented by Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Cost of the event is $25 per person; you can sign up online at, or call 601.321.1209. Pre-registration is required.

Sign up today!


Heath & Fitness Center January Special

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Start the New Year Right!

Join the Health & Fitness Center for JUST $20.15!

Start the new year with a new you and a new attitude! For just $20.15, you can join the Anderson Health & Fitness Center this January -- and we'll even pro-rate your dues when you do!

Our newly renovated facility is open seven days a week with 60,000-plus square feet of fitness area. And we feature more than 70 group classes!

Get started NOW. Call 601.553.6622 to schedule your personal tour.


Anderson Continues to Stay Prepared for Ebola

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Anderson Regional Medical Center is prepared to respond to the presence of the Ebola virus, should it arrive in our community. As with any threat of biological illness or community disaster, Anderson has plans in place that guide our actions to ensure safe, timely and appropriate care. Anderson’s specific action plans regarding the Ebola virus are being guided by information received from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Dr. Scot Bell, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Amina Goodwin- Fernandez, Infectious Disease Specialist; Andrea Laird, RN,MSN, CIC, Director of Infection Control; and John Bates RN, Emergency Management Coordinator; are leading Anderson’s Ebola Task Force. This team has developed and implemented thorough preparedness practices for our staff and physicians. The Anderson staff has been educated on topics such as recognizing the signs and symptoms of Ebola, proper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment, and proper handling of infected patients and his/her lab specimens. Anderson has increased the quantity of supplies needed to care for isolated patients.

To help quickly identify possible infected patients, a Travel Risk Assessment questionnaire has been added to the admissions process. Unless there is travel history to a West African country or direct contact with an Ebola patient, the chances of contracting Ebola is very low. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, headache, weakness, muscle pain, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or hemorrhage.

(Source: Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a strain of Ebola virus. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. The risk of an Ebola outbreak affecting multiple people in the U.S. is very low. Please visit the link below to find more information about the Ebola virus.

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