The celebration of Doctor's Day this year provided an opportunity for many of our staff and community to honor the care provided by physicians.
$12,786 in the form of 236 individual gifts were received by the Pardee Hospital Foundation to honor 86 Pardee physicians. The Foundation also invited those who gave gifts in honor of a physician a chance to write a brief note thanking them for their service.
"If I could pledge a million dollars, it would not be enough to express my admiration for my doctor."
TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, has awarded a $15,000 grant to Pardee Hospital Foundation's Women Helping Women program to increase Pardee Hospital's breast cancer screenings and medical care to uninsured women in Henderson County and neighboring communities.
"At TD Bank, our hope is to educate and create awareness about health issues that impact the lives of so many people in our communities," said Charles Frederick, Western NC Market President for TD Bank. "The Pardee Hospital Foundation's Women Helping Women Fund has made a significant impact on the community and we are proud to support their efforts."
This new grant from TD Charitable Foundation will enable Pardee Hospital to screen and care for 45 or more additional uninsured patients in the coming year.
"Pardee Foundation is extremely grateful to TD Charitable Foundation for this grant," said Sharon Koffman, who chairs the Women Helping Women Committee. "This generous Women Helping Women grant will help remove the financial barriers that prevent many patients from receiving needed mammograms and life-saving medical treatments."
Pardee Hospital Foundation's Women Helping Women Fund was established in 1998 to raise funds to help lower the high incidence of breast cancer in Henderson County and neighboring communities. At that point, Henderson County had the second highest incidence rate of breast cancer in the state.
The Women Helping Women program, which has raised more than $1.6 million to provide nearly 1,000 uninsured patients with life-saving and life-extending cancer screenings and medical care, has recorded dramatic results. These funds have enabled Pardee Hospital to increase its breast cancer screenings and medical treatments, which has helped lower Henderson County's incidence rate for breast cancer, now well below the state average. Grants and funds raised by Pardee Foundation have helped Pardee Hospital purchase mammography, biopsy and other critical medical equipment.
It was another grand opportunity to visit Pardee through Pardee Hospital Foundation's Making Rounds Tour where eight members of our community recently toured the hospital, starting first thing in the operating room.
Drs. Das and Mackel were generous in their time to share with our guests the orthopedic surgeries they were performing. Joe and Eileen from the day surgery crew also provided excellent information on processes in the surgical suites, the equipment the Foundation helped purchase, and data on Pardee's low infection rates. Our guests also visited the new Comprehensive Wound Center to see the new hyperbaric chambers. Paul explained how oxygen therapy works and the types of patients who can benefit.
"I really liked observing surgery and the willingness of the staff to impart information to us," said Ann N., one of the participants.
If you would like to participate in an upcoming Making Rounds tour, please contact the Foundation office at (828) 696-4666.
Jessica Melore, an internationally known motivational speaker, was the guest speaker at the Women Helping Women Luncheon last Friday at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock. To see the whole story you can go to www.blueridgenow.com.
The Women Helping Women fund was established in 1998 for the purpose of providing financial assistance to uninsured women for health screenings, treatments and services at Pardee Hospital. The fund provides support in the following women's health areas:
To find out if you or someone you care about qualifies to receive financial assistance through the Women Helping Women fund, please call Pardee Hospital Patient Financial Services at (828) 698-7306 to schedule an appointment. Patients must be uninsured and ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare, among other income and asset criteria. All inquires are treated in strict confidence.
A meet the speaker dinner will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Kenmure Country Club where attendees can meet this year's Women Helping Women featured speaker, Jessica Melore. Melore suffered a massive heart attack at age 16 that led to multiple health complications including a heart transplant. She is now an advocate for organ donation, heart disease, cancer, and disability awareness.
"Now that I'm 29, I can say that the adversity I've been through over the past 12 years has enriched my life in so many ways. My message to your community will be 'don't let any obstacle stand in your way'," said Melore.
Melore has won several awards including the YMCA's "Woman of Inspiration" and the New Jersey Transplant Association "Triangle Award" for "using the 'gift of life' to make a dramatic impact in and out of the transplant community". Tickets for the meet the speaker dinner may be purchased for $100.
The Women Helping Women Luncheon will be held Friday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Kenmure Country Club. The luncheon will include Jessica Melore as the featured speaker and the 2011 Women of Hope will be revealed. A diamond pendant, donated by Shelley's Jewelry of Hendersonville and Hearts on Fire® will be offered. Tickets may be purchased for $25 at the dinner as well as the luncheon. The pendant will be on display at Shelley's Jewelry of Hendersonville prior to the events. Tickets for the Women Helping Women
Luncheon may be purchased for $125.
To purchase tickets for the meet the speaker dinner or the Women Helping Women Luncheon, or if you would like more information, please call the Pardee Hospital Foundation at 696-4666.