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Pardee Hosts: Controlling Neck and Back Pain through Physical Therapy

Pardee physical therapist David Gerrer, PT, COMT, will present an informational class discussing effective control of neck and back pain through the use of physical therapy. Back pain can cause the demands of everyday life to become a struggle. Gerrer will discuss what can be done to prevent common back issues, strengthen the back and learn proper posture. David Gerrer is a Physical Therapist with Pardee Outpatient Rehab & Wellness, and specializes in outpatient orthopedics and spine. Joining Gerrer will be Karen Lewis, Spine Navigator and Family Nurse Practitioner, of the Pardee Spine Center.

The presentation will be held at the Pardee Signature Care Center on Thursday, July 24, from 3 – 4 p.m. To register, please call (828) 692-4600. Light refreshments will be served.

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Dr. Medina Named Philanthropist of the Year

Pardee Hospital Foundation named Dr. William Medina as the 2014 Health Care Philanthropist of the Year at the annual donor recognition event held at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock on June 21, 2014.

Pardee Hospital Foundation's board of directors presents this award each year to a member of the community that has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee Hospital, the Pardee Hospital Foundation and for the improvement of the community's health care. The recipient acts as an advocate for philanthropy and perpetuates giving within the community. Past winners of this award include Bob and Doris Eklund, Colin Thomas, M.D., Grace Vineyard, Phillip Sellers, M.D, Dot Marlow, Kenneth Youngblood, Eleanora Meloun and Don Holder.

While at Pardee, Dr. Medina served the hospital as Chief of Staff, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Executive Committee and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He has also worked with the Rotary Club of Hendersonville, Board of Directors for Carolina Village, served as a Cabinet Member of St. James Episcopal Church and was on the Board of Directors for the Henderson County Cancer Services.

While at Pardee, Dr. Medina was named one of the three best doctors in North Carolina three years in a row (2009-2011) and featured in Business North Carolina Magazine. Dr. Medina has a desire to help patients, and says he chose to practice medicine in order to work in a field that allowed him to apply science to help others. Dr. Medina certainly has left a lasting impact on the health of residents of western North Carolina. Since moving here in 1995, he was a vital part of the cancer program, and worked tirelessly with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee to ensure patients received the very best treatment possible.

We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Medina on receiving the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year Award by the Pardee Hospital foundation.

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Dr. Caserio Named 2014 Physician of the Year

Pardee Hospital Foundation named Dr. James Caserio as the 2014 Health Care Physician of the Year at the annual donor recognition event held at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock on June 21, 2014.

Pardee Hospital Foundation's Board of Directors presents this award each year to a member of the community that has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee Hospital, the Pardee Hospital Foundation and for the improvement of the community's health care. Last year, the inaugural award winner was Dr. Ken Shelton. The award presented by the Pardee Hospital Foundation, in collaboration with First Citizens Bank, is designed to recognize a physician at Pardee Hospital whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate care and a commitment to improving the lives of countless people throughout the community.

Dr. Caserio has been described as a constant student, with a thirst for learning. Dr. Caserio will frequently spearhead educational programs on high interest medical topics, focused on honing his own skills along with the skills of every level of caregiver at the hospital. He has served as Chairman of the Internal Medicine Executive Committee, Chaired the Congestive Heart Failure Committee and provided oversight of the Pavilion Adult Day Care Center.

Dr. Caserio described the calling of a physician best by saying, "If I had to declare a mission statement of internal medicine, I would have to say that as a profession it is a 'calling or avocation' rooted in the legacy of being a healing, compassionate physician dedicated to holistic and dignified sensitive care of all people...for what we do for people by providing them with health care is to expand their capability to pursue life from premature death or illness."

Nominations were submitted by the public, with individuals writing letters on behalf of the candidate highlighting personal character along with the personal and professional activities of the nominee. Nominees are then evaluated on qualities within the categories of clinical care, teaching and education, research and scholarship, medical society service, health promotion and disease prevention, services to allied health professions, community service and philanthropic activity. The Judging committee is comprised of the Pardee's Chief Medical Officer, Pardee's Chief of Staff, physician member of the Pardee Foundation Board, First Citizens Bank representative and the Executive Director of the Pardee Hospital Foundation.

We are pleased to congratulate Dr. James Caserio on receiving the 2014 Physician of the Year Award by the Pardee Hospital Foundation.

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Pardee Receives Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award

Pardee Hospital has achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award™ according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This recognition distinguishes Pardee Hospital as a top performing hospital in women's health. Pardee is one of only 178 hospitals recognized nationally for their outcomes for care provided to women for common conditions and procedures treated in the hospital.

"I am passionate about Women's Health. I feel fortunate to work at Pardee Hospital where quality care for patients is the top priority. Pardee has a remarkable team of health care providers who are both knowledgeable and compassionate. I feel honored to be a part of Pardee's team. This award is an affirmation of the truth that I see every day. Our hometown hospital is an exceptional place both to give care and to get care," Maridee Spearman, M.D., Pardee Center for Women's Health.

"Women tend to fare worse than men in the treatment of significant medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, so it is important for women to understand their risks and select a hospital accordingly," said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Healthgrades. "The Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach to delivering superior quality care for women."

Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals have the potential to save women's lives. Compared to hospitals that performed in the bottom 10 percent from 2010 through 2012, Healthgrades Women's Health Excellence Award recipients as a group had a 55 percent lower mortality rate across eight conditions and procedures and a 21 percent lower complication rate across seven conditions and procedures. If all hospitals nationwide performed at the level of the Healthgrades Women's Health Excellence Award hospitals:

22,737 women's lives could have potentially been saved 30,577 women could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications

To see the complete Healthgrades Women's Health Report 2014, including full methodology, please visit: www.healthgrades.com/quality.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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Pardee Presents: Healthy Choices to Maintain Mental Health

Lucy Butler, with Pardee Rehab & Wellness, will provide a mini-presentation of Sharp as a Tack, a program that focuses on "neuroplasticity" and brain fitness. As an individual begins to age, their brain may slow, but there are ways to remain cognitively fit. Everyone needs to work on making their "brain span" match their life span by taking care of and stimulating mental capacities. Also joining the presentation is Maureen Scullin with Lighten Up 4 Life, presenting information on foods that promote good brain health. A cooking demonstration will be provided.

The event will be held at the Pardee Signature Care Center on Thursday, June 19, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Register by calling 692-4600. Refreshments will be served.

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