Bolivar Medical Center Receives Highest Certification

October 10, 2019

Latasha Calmese, HIM Tech
Ravonda Small, Outpatient Coder

The Mississippi Cancer Registry has awarded Bolivar Medical Center's Health Information Management Department a Gold Certification, which is their highest recognition, for the submission of timely, complete and high quality data to the Mississippi Cancer Registry.

To receive Gold Certification, facilities must have submitted at least 95% of expected volume of cancer cases diagnosed and/or receiving a first course of treatment at the facility. At least 95% of cases must have been submitted within eight months of the patient's first date of contact with the facility for diagnosis and/or treatment of the reportable condition.

The Mississippi Cancer Registry began a certification process in 2008 for hospitals. The program was modeled after the central cancer registry certification conducted by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). According to the MCR, the purpose of the certification process is to recognize those hospitals who have submitted timely, complete and high quality data.

Certificates were presented to the high-ranking facilities at a Mississippi Cancer Registry workshop in September.

The Mississippi Cancer Registry houses aggregate cancer data for Mississippi on their website at

A part of LifePoint Hospitals®, Bolivar Medical Center's Emergency Department is a level 4 trauma center, and wait times are available on the website. BMC is a 164 bed acute-care general hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, which offers a full complement of medical and surgical services. The hospital also offers a wide array of outpatient services and in addition, includes a 35-bed nursing home, 12 swing beds and 12 geropsychology beds.