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 Opens Area's First EP Lab for Heart Ablation Treatment

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Meridian, MS- October 26, 2015- Anderson Regional Medical Center has opened the area’s only electrophysiology (EP) lab to provide local treatment options for patients with heart rhythm disorders. Until now, patients who needed ablation therapy had to travel to cities such as Jackson or Birmingham for treatment.

The new EP lab, located near the heart catheterization lab at Anderson- North, houses state-of-the-art equipment which will be used to perform studies that help doctors understand the nature of abnormal heart rhythms. The results of the EP study determine whether the patient needs a pacemaker, implantable defibrillator, ablation or surgery, all of which are now available at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

The most common treatment for heart arrhythmia is ablation, which uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing the rapid or irregular heartbeats. Catheter ablation will be performed in the EP lab by cardiologist Attila Roka, MD, PhD, the area’s only cardiac catheter ablation expert. Dr. Roka, a Yale and Harvard trained physician, was recruited from the Boston area by Internal Medicine Clinic of Meridian.

“Meridian has needed an EP lab and associated physician for quite some time, and we are proud this has come to fruition at Anderson,” said John Anderson, President and CEO of Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Anderson continued, “Dr. Roka’s expertise allows patients to receive treatment close to home in familiar surroundings rather than traveling 90 miles or more for care. This is a great advantage for patients and their families.”

For more information about electrophysiology and ablation, please visit To make an appointment with Dr. Roka, please call Internal Medicine Clinic at 601-483-5322.


Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch and Learn October 8, 2015

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Is lack of sleep raising your cancer risk? Find out more at our Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch and Learn with guest speaker, Dr. Kary Whitehead, Medical Director of Anderson Regional Sleep Disorders Center. The event is Thursday, October 8th from noon-1pm in the Anderson- North Auditorium. Call 601-553-6894 to make your reservation.


Seconds Count... Cardiac Care Commercial

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When you are having a heart attack, seconds count and the choices you make could change your life.

Anderson's award-winning cardiac team stands ready for you 24/7.

Anderson Regional Medical Center. Advanced Medicine. Compassionate Care. Close to Home.


Anderson Awards Commercial

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Anderson Regional Health System —Recognized Nationally, Preferred Locally

Anderson has been ranked as one of the top hospitals in the nation in two important areas by Healthgrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

The hospital ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals for patient experience and stroke care, receiving the 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience and Stroke Care awards. Anderson also received five stars for the quality of its procedures from Healthgrades in care for stroke, hip fracture and knee replacement.

The recent Healthgrades honors are added to an already impressive list of accreditations and certifications that Anderson Regional Health System has garnered. Earlier this year, Anderson was 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.

Anderson has also brought the only TomoTherapy targeted radiation treatment system to Mississippi — one of only 13 nationwide. The TomoTherapy system at Anderson Regional Cancer Center is the most advanced radiation system available, rivaling systems used at some of the largest cancer centers in the world. The Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

Anderson’s commitment to bringing trusted professionals and advanced technology together provides premier, patient-focused care for the East Mississippi/West Alabama area.

We invite you to view a video about Anderson's latest achievements:


Anderson Regional Health System: Advanced Medicine, Compassionate Care, Close to Home

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Anderson’s commitment to bringing trusted professionals and advanced technology together provides premier, patient-focused care for the East Mississippi/West Alabama area.

We invite you to view a video about Anderson Regional Health System:

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