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 Breast Centers Merge

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We are pleased to announce that Anderson Regional Medical Center merged its two breast centers as of September 10, 2012, to provide efficient, centralized care for all patients. 

All breast center services are now provided at Anderson- North.  Anderson Regional Breast Center (2124 14th Street) is located on the southwest side of the hospital on 22nd Avenue, just south of the Emergency Department's Ambulance Entrance. 

Phone: 601-553-6288

Hours:  7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and extended hours to accommodate our working patients.


Never Been Screened for Prostate Cancer?

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Anderson Regional Medical Center, along with Dr. Robert Dilworth and Dr. Mark Phillips, will be offering a free prostate screening on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5-7pm.  Please call 601-485-5081 for an appointment.


Anderson Partners with MCC Rad-Tech Program

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Giving so others can learn... Rad-Tech program receives equipment

A recent donation to Meridian Community College’s Radiologic Technology Program could be described as a gift that keeps on giving.  Anderson Regional Medical Center donated usedSiemens Radiographic equipment to the College for students to gain valuablehands-on experience as they prepare for positions in entry-level radiography.  

The unit was recently in use at the hospital, explained Dale Holyfield, director of radiology at ARMC. MCC President Dr. Scott Elliott added the very valuable donation offers a “seamless transition from here to the real world.”

“This really strengthens our own program,” Elliott added.

The mission of the Meridian Community College Radiologic Technology Program is to prepare competent, entry-level radiographers able to function within the healthcare community.  A large component of training is hands-on lab practice that prepares students for clinical experience in affiliated healthcare settings.  MCC has been fortunate to have two active labs and a portable x-ray machine for students to safely practice radiographic procedures.  This gift replaces a much older machine that is no longer representative of today’s equipment, so there is little difference between lab practice and clinical practice.    

Holyfield said the College trains a majority of their radiological technologists that Anderson employs. “We find the technologists are well-trained and continually meet our needs.  The program supports us and we want to support it,” he said.


Anderson Offers Area's Only CHF Management Center

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces the opening of the area's only CHF Management Center on the Anderson- South Campus.

Congestive heart failure affects over 5 million Americans each year, with symptoms resulting in debilitating fatigue, shortness of breath and dependent edema, all of which limit lifestyle choices and can cause frequent hospitalizations.

Anderson CHF Management Center offers a valuable service to patients with congestive heart failure by providing education and close follow-up.  The CHF Management Center staff, led by Wesley S. Bennett, MD, FACC, and Joan Griffin, RN, BS, closely monitors weight and fluid intake, makes adjustment to medications if needed, administers IV medications and provides dietary counseling, all with physician direction.  This treatment program is designed to improve the quality and length of life for patients with CHF.  

“Anderson CHF Management Center is another example of our mission to improve the lives of the people we serve,” said Ray Humphreys, President and CEO of Anderson. “This is a service that we are proud to bring to the people of Meridian and the surrounding region,” said John Anderson, Vice President of Anderson- South.

For more information about Anderson CHF Management Center, please call 601-703-5700. A physician referral is required for treatment.


Anderson Partners with Meridian Public Schools

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From WTOK-TV August 2, 2012


In today's economy, a big concern for many people is just getting a job. In Meridian, the healthcare industry is the largest job provider.

With almost 19 percent of jobs here being healthcare related, local officials project that the new Health Small Learning Community at Meridian High School will give students an advantage.


The healthcare industry provides over 6,000 jobs in Meridian and is by far the largest employer. With well over 40 occupational opportunities in healthcare, officials from local hospitals are praising Meridian High's new program.


"We think it's going to give them an edge on education and learning," said Rush Hospital's Donnie Smith. "When people get involved in something they are interested in, they'll learn better."


"For these students to get that much exposure to healthcare it can prepare them mentally for the training program that they might go into to advance their career," said Ray Humphreys of Anderson Hospital.


Both Rush and Anderson hospitals are partnering with Meridian High for the new Health Small Learning Community.


The classrooms have equipment and other supplies that the hospitals have provided for the program. Officials say what is truly invaluable is the expertise that workers from those facilities will share with employees and students.


"Some of our people who are experts in certain areas like lab, radiology and nursing will be used as instructors from time to time," Humphreys said.


"This is a win-win situation for the hospitals in Meridian and also the students," said Smith.


The Health Small Learning Community will officially open when school starts Monday, Aug. 6.  Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor says preparations are already underway for the opening of the school's next small learning communities.  "The ones we're looking at now are our STEM programs which are: science, technology, engineering and math, as well as our visual performing arts learning center," said Taylor.  Taylor says the district hopes to open two other small learning communities next year. He says the plan is to have all of Meridian High School divided into different schools of discipline within the next two to three years.


Meridian is one of only two school districts in Mississippi to have a Health Small Learning Community. The other district is in Rankin County.

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