Cancer Registry: Helping Patient Care

Each year, more than one-thousand new cancers are diagnosed at Athens Regional Medical Center. Every diagnosis means ARMC patients and their loved ones will try to do all they can to understand and cope with treatment and recovery. Our unwavering commitment is to provide the very best care possible to each person affected. Fortunately, our team of cancer registrars is behind the scenes helping us fulfill that commitment.

“Cancer registrars are data information specialists who capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The data provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs.” — National Cancer Registrars Association

Athens Regional’s Oncology Committee regularly uses data from our Registry to evaluate the quality of our care and develop needed improvements. See a great example of how the State of Georgia has also effectively used Cancer Registry data to inform and guide health policy to control cancer.

Our Cancer Registry Team

Our Cancer Registry Team is Susan Walton, Bernice Hector and Sherry Carlisle. They work tirelessly to keep our data current and complete. Thank you for all you do to improve the lives and health of those we touch!

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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Loran Smith Center, Service


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Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteers are our foundation.National Volunteer Week celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership.

This one week allows us to recognize the energy and power volunteers evoke on a daily basis as they lead by example—not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well. Whether offering direct service to those in need or assisting behind the scenes, they are an indispensable and unique asset, always ready to lend a hand with compassion, commitment and care.

Please help us celebrate our volunteers by letting all these generous and caring individuals know how much we value their efforts and show our sincere appreciation for their invaluable contributions to our patients, visitors, staff and the entire community!

Volunteers at Athens Regional

Volunteers at Athens Regional

The Value of Volunteers

  • Our volunteers contributed more than 37,000 hours to Athens Regional in 2013.
  • An astounding 621 individuals volunteered in 60 departments in 2013.
  • Nina Koen, Auxiliary Volunteer, has volunteered for more than 46 years.
  • Rose Mount, Red Cross Volunteer, has volunteered for more than 35 years.
  • Through their fundraising efforts, Auxiliary Volunteers have contributed more than $2.9 million to hospital projects.

Learn more about volunteering at Athens Regional.

Volunteers at Athens Regional

Volunteers at Athens Regional

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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


Myeloma Awareness

Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer worldwide. It’s called “multiple” myeloma because the cancer can occur at multiple sites. It currently affects more than 100,000 people in the U.S with an estimated 20,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Sadly, 10,000 people lose their battle each year.

March is Myeloma Awareness Month and our Athens Regional Foundation wanted to help bring attention to it. These photos show area representatives with signed proclamations officially recognizing Myeloma Month in Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.


Athens Mayor Nancy Denson (middle) joined Joel Siebentritt from the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, Jessica Douglas from the Leukemia, Lymphoma Society, and Myeloma advocates Deborah Dietzler and Harriet Canfield to sign the proclamation.

Oconee County Myeloma Proclamation

Tammy Gilland, Athens Regional Foundation, Melvin Davis, Chair – Oconee County Commission and Deborah Dietzler, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Volunteer mark the signing of the Oconee proclamation.

Athens Regional Free Cancer Support

The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support of Athens Regional Health System provides information, education and emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients and their families in north Georgia. It serves as a resource for patients before, during and after cancer treatment through support groups, individual and family counseling and an educational resource library. Supported by donations and the Athens Regional Foundation, most of the Center’s services are free.

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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Foundation, Loran Smith Center


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Thank a Doctor

Doctors' DayDoctors care for us in our time of need. They work nights, weekends and holidays. They spend years preparing for careers of service and healing. Their focus is on you and your family. Say “thank you” to the remarkable doctors in your life and show them how much you value their commitment to your family’s good health.

For more than 20 years, National Doctors’ Day has been observed on March 30. It is a day that provides an opportunity to express our appreciation to those who improve our lives and the lives of our children through clinical practice and research. 

Make a donation in honor of your doctor to the Athens Regional Foundation. The Foundation will send an acknowledgement letter to each doctor you honor so they know how much you appreciate their special care. The amount of the donation will be kept confidential. You may also enclose a short note of thanks to your doctor or doctors. We will give it to them at their Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, March 28.

The Foundation will also have a display in the lobbies of the Prince I and Talmadge I Towers recognizing the physicians honored through Doctors’ Day donations received by March 26.

Make a contribution online or mail yours to the address below. Please be sure to note which doctor(s) you are thanking. Thank you!

Athens Regional Foundation
1199 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA 30606

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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Foundation, Recognition


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Healthcare Education Scholarships Available

On your way to a healthcare degree? The Athens Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is now taking applications for its annual scholarship program. The scholarship will be valid for the 2014-2015 school year.

Applicants must meet the following criteria for scholarship consideration:

  • Must be already accepted into or currently enrolled in a nursing or healthcare professional program offered by an accredited educational institution in the State of Georgia.
  • Must be a resident of the 17-county area served by ARMC. Those counties include Athens-Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Madison, Jackson, Barrow, Walton, Morgan, Greene, Taliaferro, Wilkes, Elbert, Hart, Franklin, Banks, Stephens and Habersham.
  • Selection is based on grade point average as well as need.

Application forms are available in the Volunteer Services office at ARMC. Completed applications must be submitted no later than May 15.

For more information, call Norma Kamphaus, Director of Volunteer Services, at 706-475-5310.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Nursing


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Special Deliveries and a Side of Dill Pickle Soup

When the ice and snow froze our area last week, it certainly didn’t stop our amazing employees from being ready to respond to and care for patients. See pictures of our dedicated team in action.

Two Labor and Delivery nurses even walked here to make sure they were able to help their unit through the iced-in days.

Labor and Delivery Nurses

Walked to Work!

Our Labor and Delivery team welcomed 19 babies from Tuesday through Thursday. Imagine the stories their parents will have to share with them! Just look at what the view was from our nursery on the second day of the ice and snow.

View from the Nursery

Nursery View on Day 2

To make sure her team’s hearts and bellies stayed warm, Labor and Delivery Director Tiffany Parrish brought in Dill Pickle Soup for them to try. She says they thought it was funny for L&D to eat dill pickle soup because of the old wives’ tale about pregnancy cravings and pickles. Curious about the recipe? Tiffany shared it:

Waiting for Dill Pickle Soup

About to try Dill Pickle Soup

L&D says winter weather like this usually leads to quite a few birth days about nine months later. They’re excited to see all those ice/snow babies around late October and early November!

L&D Ice/Snow Team

L&D Ice/Snow Team

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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Nursing, Recognition, Service


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Athens Regional Healthy Hour

You’re invited to jHeartoin us for this free program focusing on American Heart Month.

Keynote Speaker:
Kent Nilsson, MD, MA, FACC, FHRS
Cardiologist with Athens Regional Cardiology

Thursday, Feb. 20
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
(Lunch from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. / Program begins at 12:30 p.m.)

Medical Services Building | Third Floor
ARMC Campus

Register by calling 706-475-1029 or emailing

Parking tickets will be validated for two hours.

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Classes, Events, Wellness


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