2124 14th St. Meridian, MS 39301
Your Health, Your Rights
Patient Resources at Anderson Regional Health System

Thank you for trusting Anderson Regional Health System with your medical care. Here you will find resources regarding your rights and responsibilities, our commitment to keeping your medical information private, safety tips, how to provide us with feedback about your experience, plus insurance and billing procedures.

Patient rights and responsibilities
Privacy and confidentiality
Informed consent and advance directives
Grievance procedures
Patients Resources
Patient Rights and Responsibilities

As a patient of Anderson Regional Health System, you have the right to participate in decisions about your care. You also have multiple additional rights as a patient. These include, but are not limited to, your right to:

Privacy and confidentiality
Quality health care
A safe environment
Prompt emergency treatment
Be treated as an individual
Be communicated with clearly
Know the identity of hospital personnel
An advocate
Services without discrimination
Access to your medical records
Give informed consent
An advanced directive
Request or decline treatment
Be free from restraints
Be informed of experimental research, donor programs and educational activities

We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting your medical information. We will create a record of the care and services you receive at the hospital. We will only use this record to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements.

Our Privacy Practices Notice applies to all of the records of your care generated by the hospital, whether made by hospital personnel or your personal doctor or other practitioners involved in your care. This notice will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose medical information about you. We also describe your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of medical information. We are required by law to:

  • Make sure that medical information that identifies you is kept private
  • Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you
  • Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect
Download privacy
practices notice
Informed Consent and Advance Directive

You have the right to make health care decisions for yourself. Under the law, a patient must consent to any treatment or care received. Generally, if you are a competent adult, you can give this consent for yourself. For you to give this consent, you should be told what the recommended procedure is, why it is recommended, what risks are involved with the procedure and what the alternatives are.

In you are not able to make decisions about your care, you will need an Advance Directive. The Patient Self Determination Act of 1990 (PSDA) is a federal law that imposes on the state and providers of health care — such as hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, home health agencies, and prepaid health care organizations — certain requirements concerning Advance Directives and an individual’s rights under state law to make decisions concerning medical care.


Customer satisfaction is a primary goal in any service organization. We want our patients to be as reasonably happy as possible during their hospital stay. We want you to come back when you need us and to tell others that we are worthy of their confidence in providing healthcare services.

Because we want our patients to be happy with us and to tell others about us, we need to know if we have done anything that causes problems or concerns for our patients. In order to achieve this goal, we need you, the patient, to become an active participant in resolving any problems/concerns with the healthcare services you receive while in the hospital.

If you have a problem/complaint, please ask the Head Nurse/Department Manager to visit you. Give details of your complaint/problem so he/she will have a clear understanding of all the facts contributing to the problem. If he/she is unable to provide a solution to your problem immediately, he/she will refer the problem to the appropriate department head for investigation.

Your complaints should be handled with compassion and understanding by the hospital staff. If, however, you feel you have not been treated with respect, courtesy, and/or prompt attention to your complaint, we encourage you to contact the hospital's Service Excellence Department either in writing or by calling the Patient Hotline 601.553.6996.

Every attempt will be made to resolve the complaint or concern. However, in accordance with the CMS Conditions of Participation, a formal Grievance Process is available for complaints regarding quality of care or patient rights issues that we are unable to resolve in a more informal manner. You, the patient, or your representative may initiate the Grievance Process by notifying the hospital's Service Excellence Department at 601.553.6996. When admitted, Medicare patients are provided information needed to allow them to request a review of their grievance by the Peer Review Organization (PRO) designated by CMS.

By providing this system for receiving and responding to patient complaints, we have the opportunity to continually improve our services because we will be able to recognize and respond to shortcomings cited by our patients. You are important to us and we want to provide you with convenience, comfort, courtesy and respect as well as competent medical care. The filing of a grievance will in no way jeopardize your access to future care at Anderson.

You may lodge a grievance with the hospital's Service Excellence Department, licensing agencies, accrediting agencies or professional review organizations as follows:
Anderson Regional 
Medical Center
Phone number
2124 14th Street Meridian, MS 39301
Information and 
Quality Healthcare (IQH)
Phone number
Beneficiary Hotline
385 Highland Colony Parkway
Suite 120 Ridgeland, MS 39157
The Joint Commission
Phone: Office of Quality Monitoring
One Renaissance Blvd
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Fax: Office of Quality Monitoring
Mississippi State 
Department of Health
Phone number
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
We Want You to Feel Safe During Your Stay

Certain safety practices, some as simple as hand-washing, can have a dramatic impact on patient outcomes. That’s why the entire clinical staff at Anderson Regional Health System – physicians, nurses, researchers and other clinicians – is committed to keeping patients free from harm by establishing strict safety practices, sticking to these practices and seeking innovative ways to further improve safety.

We also ask our patients to work with us to help protect their safety, as patients who take an active part in decisions about their health care tend to get better results.

Download Anderson infant safety brochure.
We’re Here for You
Patient Representatives
Patient Case Management

Nurse Case Managers are assigned to each patient care area to help coordinate care during hospitalization. They may visit you to help identify any needs you may have to ensure a smooth transition home. Please feel free to ask for your Case Manager’s advice about resources that may be of assistance to you.

Social workers are also assigned to each patient care area and are trained to help patients and their significant others deal with financial, social and emotional problems that relate to illness or hospitalization. They help in crisis situations and their duties can involve complex discharge planning, referral to community agencies and limited counseling.

Spiritual Needs

The Chapel/Prayer Room is located on the first floor of Anderson - North in the ICU/CCU waiting room area and is available for your use from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Visitors of all faiths are welcome to visit the chapel for prayer and meditation. If you would like to speak with a clergy member or access the chapel/prayer room, contact the patient representative or volunteer. 

Improving life for the people we serve.

Anderson Regional Health System offers a wide range of medical services, including cancer, cardiac, pediatric, surgical, and trauma care. Our healthcare professionals are committed to improving the lives of those we serve.

2124 14th St. Meridian, MS 39301
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