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Anderson Regional Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in Mississippi to utilize the world’s smallest pacemaker ...

Event Dates and Times

10/27/2017 - 11/27/2017
Anderson Regional Medical Center Meridian, MS
MERIDIAN, MS – October 27, 2017 – Anderson Regional Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in Mississippi to utilize the world’s smallest pacemaker in the treatment of patients with bradycardia, a condition characterized by a slow or irregular heart rhythm. Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. Micra is the only leadless pacemaker approved for use in the U.S. The first procedure was performed at Anderson by Cardiovascular Institute of the South physicians, Dr. Attila Roka, Electrophysiologist, and Dr. Timothy Boyd, Interventional Cardiologist.

“In patients with bradycardia, the heart may beat fewer than 60 beats per minute,” said Dr. Boyd. “At this rate, the heart is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body during normal activity or exercise, causing dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath or fainting spells. Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia to help restore the heart's normal rhythm and relieve symptoms by sending electrical impulses to the heart to increase the heart rate,” continued Dr. Boyd.

Dr. Attila Roka said, “We elected to use the Medtronic Micra TPS because unlike traditional pacemakers, the device does not require cardiac wires or a surgical pocket under the skin to deliver a pacing therapy. This pacemaker is comparable in size to a large vitamin, which enables me to deliver it through a catheter and implant it directly into the heart. This is a safe alternative to conventional pacemakers without the complications associated with leads, and its cosmetically invisible.”

The Micra TPS is designed to automatically adjust pacing therapy based on a patient’s activity levels. It also incorporates a retrieval feature to enable retrieval of the device when possible; however, the device is designed to be left in the body. For patients who need more than one heart device, the miniaturized Micra TPS was designed with a unique feature that enables it to be permanently turned off so it can remain in the body and a new device can be implanted without risk of electrical interaction.

The Micra TPS is the first and only transcatheter pacing system to be approved for both 1.5 and 3 Tesla (T) full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, providing patients with access to the most advanced imaging diagnostic procedures available, if and when they need one.

About Anderson Regional Health System
As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Health System is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals, a cancer center, and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

About Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Founded by Dr. Craig Walker in 1983, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is a world-leader in preventing, detecting, and treating cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. CIS offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program with expert physicians trained in many specialties, including internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, lipid management, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular diseases, valve disease, and interventional cardiovascular procedures. CIS has earned international acclaim as a pioneer of research, development and education, as well as an innovator in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. With a dedicated team of more than 700 team members, CIS provides comprehensive cardiovascular care at 19 locations, seven of which offer telemedicine services, across three states, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. CIS also manages a hospital cardiology program in Alabama. CIS remains at the forefront of technology, providing the highest-quality, compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 34 years of excellence. For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit

Elizabeth Wiggins
Director of Marketing

Anderson Regional Health System
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

601-553-6335 | 453647743

JCJC Student Government Association officers are ready to serve

Event Dates and Times

10/27/2017 - 11/27/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC Student Government Association officers are ready to serve
ELLISVILLE –Students at Jones County Junior College recently elected their class and senator representatives as part of the Student Government Association. Sophomore Alex Hickson of Taylorsville was elected as SGA President. The international business major said she is enthusiastic about this year because everyone is excited about serving their peers and they are actively involved in planning campus events and improvements.

“We see the potential and what Jones can be and we know what it will take to get us there. We truly want to live up to our motto, ‘Leave Jones better than you found it,’” said Hickson.

Working alongside her is nursing major, Hannah Burks from Oak Grove as Vice President. Business major from Mt Olive, Kaylee Lack is Secretary/Treasurer. Business major and Sophomore Class President is Stone County’s Beth Owen, and the Freshmen Class President is engineering major, Jared Woullard from Greene County.

In addition to the officers and the class presidents, the SGA added campus senators several years ago to ensure better campus representation. These elected officials represent students in each residence hall, academic, and career and technical divisions, as well as student-athletes. The student body elected student representatives including, Colton Shows as the Smith Hall Senator. He is an accounting major and graduate of Pearl River Central High School. Daniel Easley is the Senator for the Science Division and he is a graduate of Northeast Jones High School, majoring in biological studies-zoology. Tyler Rouse is the Senator for Smith Hall. The George County resident is majoring in business. Zach Dale is the Covington Hall Senator from Greene County. He is majoring in business. Landon Williams is the Senator for Clarke Hall. The computer programming major is a graduate of Wayne Academy. Ericka Ingram is the Anderson Hall Senator from Mt Olive and she is majoring in healthcare information management. Jennah Eddins is the Senator for Wayne Hall, majoring in communications and he is a graduate of South Jones High School. Hannah Hogan is the Senator-at-Large from Purvis. She is majoring in fashion merchandising. Matthew Sexton is the Senator representing the Math Division. He is a mechanical engineering major from Laurel. Senator Makayla Puckett represents the Humanities Division. She is a journalism major from George County. Katie Nabors is the Senator for the Business Division and she is an accounting major from Vancleave. Agriculture business major and Senator, Elaine McClellan represents the Life Sciences Division and she is a graduate of Laurel Christian High School. Caroline Runion is the Senator representing Athletics. The biomedical engineering major is a native of Madison and is currently living in Zachary, LA. Laurel Christian High School graduate and kinesiology major, Katelyn Regan is responsible for all SGA signage and advertising. JCJC Campus Life Coordinator, Sonya Dykes is the advisor for the Student Government Association.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032 | 453612973

EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

10/27/2017 - 11/16/2017
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Upcoming Events

Fall Downtown Cleanup
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 28th
Downtown Meridian

Crooked Letter
Ribbon Cutting
10:00 a.m.
Friday, November 3rd
2120B Front St.

Mississippi Economic Council State Tour
Business Before Hours
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 14th
MSU Riley Center

Deaconess Hospice
Ribbon Cutting
4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 16th
1203 24th Ave

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