Kimerly Hinkelman assumed the role of Pardee Hospital Foundation Executive Director on July 23. "With over 15 years of experience in the hospital resource development setting and her various community activities we are confident that Kimerly will bring value to our team as executive director of the Foundation," said Lynn S. Matykiewicz, President of the Pardee Foundation Board.
Hinkelman joins the Pardee Hospital Foundation from The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia and brings an additional 30 years of experience to Henderson County. Hinkelman's impressive resume demonstrates her willingness to not only help raise funds but to give of her time volunteering.
Beginning in 2004, Pardee Foundation has recognized philanthropy to Pardee Hospital, as well as other healthcare organizations, by recognizing one individual annually through the "Healthcare Philanthropist Award." The award exemplifies outstanding volunteerism and support of Pardee Hospital and Pardee Foundation, community involvement and philanthropic support and community leadership. Through the recognition, the award nominee encourages others to support Pardee and the community through generous giving.
At the June 30 event, Pardee Foundation recognized the generosity of Eleanora Meloun, a long-time Hendersonville resident. Mrs. Meloun came to Hendersonville in the 1950's with her husband Chuck as he endeavored to expand and grow the General Electric business in this community. They were later transferred to Pennsylvania and Chicago but returned to their Hendersonville home for good.
A strong advocate for "our community hospital, Pardee," Mrs. Meloun's giving is often done anonymously. She has supported major projects at Pardee, along with other community organizations. She volunteered for many years with Pardee's Auxiliary and has been a life-long volunteer. From referring friends to Pardee physicians to hosting educational events for Pardee to actively managing her own good health through exercise and an always positive attitude, Eleanora is a staunch believer and supporter of health issues in our community.
Myra Grant, retiring Executive Director of Pardee Foundation says, "Throughout my career at Pardee, Eleanora has always been supportive of my efforts and those of Pardee Hospital. As I leave Pardee I can only strive for the same spirit of community and enthusiasm for life as that shown by Mrs. Meloun."
The Boys Club also honored Mrs. Meloun as a "local hero"; the Community Foundation honored her with the Sauer Award. The award was presented by 2009 Healthcare Philanthropist, Dr. Phil Sellers.
The June 30th donor event also honored the 16 years of service to Pardee for Myra Grant, retiring Executive Director of Pardee Foundation. The Board of Directors of Pardee Foundation established the Myra N. Grant Women's Initiative Endowment to honor her work. This special fund will provide resources for women's programs and services at Pardee Hospital. Earlier this year, Ms. Grant was honored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce with the Athena Award, an international award recognizing mentoring of women, leadership and community service.
Pardee Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant to assist with the treatment of behavioral health and substance abuse patients who come to Pardee's emergency department from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The project will improve the lives of residents of Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties by assisting with the implementation of a transitional care model of specialized, group and recreational therapies for behavioral health patients awaiting transfer to other facilities in North Carolina. With a growing mental health patient base, this program expands Pardee's existing continuum of care for the more than 200 mental health patients per month. In addition to the $145,228 grant from the Trust, other funds will be provided by Pardee Hospital and Pardee Hospital Foundation.
"The ED Psych Transitional unit is a patient centered area that will facilitate beginning therapies by specialized social workers and recreational therapist to the mental health patient during the time they are awaiting placement. We anticipate patients will actually have a lower length of stay, with appropriate patients being discharged with a plan to include an outpatient appointment. This overall plan will assist Pardee, the primary provider of mental health services in Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties by saving admissions to inappropriate or higher cost services and opening some beds for other emergency patients in the main ED," said Gayle Sams, Director of Emergency Services at Pardee Hospital.
Pardee's emergency department is the second largest in the WNC region, serving over 30,000 patients per year and an additional 22,000 in our urgent care facility. The base of patients with substance abuse and mental health issues has steadily been growing over the past three years and is averaging over 150 per month. This new service will allow for a higher percentage of behavioral health patients to be served by Pardee's therapy resources in a local setting and transferred to state facilities for only the most extreme/violent cases.
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.