With 30 million more Americans able to now gain access to health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the demand for high-quality primary care physicians will be increasing dramatically. This situation has a significant impact on the region, as Western North Carolina has already surpassed a shortage of over 100 primary care physicians. This shortage is expected to increase over the coming decades. Combined with an aging population, this increasing shortage of physicians will place a tremendous stress on our health care system.
Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS), Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), and Pardee Hospital have proactively responded to the need with a collaboration to increase the number of newly graduated doctors entering the family medicine residency in Hendersonville.
Under the Teaching Health Center program, MAHEC will increase the number of residents entering its Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency; and the outpatient clinical site the Hendersonville Family Health Center(HFHC), currently operated by Pardee Hospital, will be assumed by Blue Ridge Community Health Services. Patients at HFHC and BRCHS will experience minimal, if any, changes to their services and a focus on high quality, personalized primary care will continue at both locations.
Geoff Jones, MD, MAHEC's Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program says, "Our mission is to train excellent family physicians for western North Carolina and to improve the overall health of our community. This enhanced collaboration will strengthen our ability to meet this goal through greater access to comprehensive care."Currently the MAHEC/Pardee Hendersonville Family Medicine program has graduated 35 residents since 1999, with 90% of those graduated currently practicing in small towns and/or community health centers. Community health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.
By utilizing grant dollars made available to MAHEC by the ACA under the "Teaching Health Center" program, the planned collaboration will not only increase the number of family medicine physicians training locally, but will also increase access for patients who struggle with poverty, a lack of health insurance, and other barriers to accessing healthcare. This grant funding is designed to support primary care and dental residents trained in community health center settings. The collaboration will represent the first Teaching Health Center (THC) in Western North Carolina and only the second in the state. THCs provide an optimal training environment for graduate medical education, given their close faculty supervision and the emphasis on patient-centered care.
As the largest community health center in Western North Carolina, serving 20,000 individuals in over eight locations, offering behavioral health, oral health, school health and outreach services, BRCHS will offer residents valuable clinical learning experience.
Shannon Dowler, MD, BRCHS Chief Medical Officer says, "Teaching Health Centers are a unique opportunity to offer training to primary care doctors in the communities that need them the most. Research shows that physicians trained in this environment are more likely to pursue careers treating vulnerable populations in rural and underserved communities, increasing access to health care where it is needed the most."
Physicians completing their training in a community health center environment are more than three times as likely to work in a community health center, and more than twice as likely to work in an underserved area than those not trained in a community health center. This Teaching Health Center will not only increase the number of residents training within the community and increase access to quality care for local patients struggling with poverty, but also significantly increase the supply of quality physicians serving the community for years to come.
BRCHS is a non-profit community health center that has been providing high quality and affordable medical, dental and mental health care as well as promoting health awareness/education for 50 years. Services are conveniently provided in Hendersonville at Blue Ridge Health Center and Hendersonville Family Health Center; in Brevard at Brevard Health Center; and in four Henderson County Public Schools. If you would like more information about BRCHS services, call 692-4289; or visit www.brchs.com and www.facebook.com/BRCHS.
MAHEC provides quality, compassionate healthcare as a foundation for training top physicians, dentists and health professionals for WNC. Established in 1974, MAHEC serves 16-counties and has residency and fellowship programs in Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn, General Dentistry, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. MAHEC also provides continuing education for health professionals, health careers training for high school and university students, and quality improvement consulting services for medical practices. MAHEC is "Your Doctor. Your Teacher. Your Advocate." For more information, call 257-4400 or visit www.mahec.net.
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
Pardee Hospital has received an A Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group dedicated to improving safety, quality and affordability of health care. Pardee was the only hospital within Henderson County to receive an A rating. This top grade reflects Pardee’s commitment to quality and safety.
The Leapfrog Group uses a wide range of publicly available data to assign grades to US hospitals based on their overall ability to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical errors. It is the only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves as well as their families.
“This ranking is a testament to the continued improvement of quality, safety, and commitment to compassionate care at Pardee Hospital,” said Jay Kirby, President and CEO, Pardee Hospital.
“Pardee Hospital consistently has been recognized by numerous organizations for its outstanding clinical quality and patient safety. The LeapFrog Hospital Safety Score is an independent composite safety rating developed by a panel of national patient safety experts. The intent is to provide health care professionals and health care consumers with a standardized method for comparing safety performance among various general acute care hospitals. Less than one-third of the over 2,600 hospitals in the United States receive an A rated safety score. Pardee Hospital is pleased to receive this highest recognition by the LeapFrog Group as an affirmation of the hospital’s commitment to health care excellence,” Robert Kiskaddon, M.D., FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President Medical Affairs, Pardee Hospital.
To see how Pardee's score compares nationally and locally, visit Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
Leapfrog is run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The group works to improve the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. Calculated under the guidance of the group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).
On May 21, 2013 WLOS completed a feature story on the Gift of Life recipient Princess, and her mother Dina. In 2011 Princess was involved in a house fire where she received third degree burns on a majority of her body, leaving her with scar tissue limiting the use of her hands and significantly altering her appearance.
Rotary International, Philippine Airlines, Mercy Medical Airlift and Pardee Hospital worked together to bring Princess to Hendersonville, in order to undergo a series of surgeries to help improve her quality of life. Princess and her mother will remain in Hendersonville until the middle of August in order to undergo the treatments, follow-up care and physical therapy.
Please take the time to watch this fantastic story, which serves as a reminder of the fantastic charity care efforts of Pardee Hospital.
Pardee Hospital Foundation's 18th Annual Tournament of Champions at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock raised more than $100,000 to purchase vital medical equipment for Pardee Hospital.
More than 160 golfers competed in this year's event featuring 9-hole and 18-hole tournaments that help give back to our community's health care. This year's tournament proceeds helped the foundation purchase an angiography imagery device used in orthopedic, vascular and general surgeries. This device will be used for diagnosing and removing blood clots, placing vascular stents and during bypass surgeries.
"As a member of Pardee Hospital Foundation board of directors, I am proud of the continued generous support of Pardee Hospital and by those who recognize their community hospital's outstanding service and quality. They trust their lives and those of their families to a dedicated, award-winning team of nurses, physicians and staff," said Lynn Matykiewicz , co-chair of this year's tournament and past president of the Pardee Hospital Foundation board of directors.
A total of 41 sponsors supported this year's Tournament of Champions. UNC Health Care System and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Asheville served as Diamond Sponsors. Ameri-Quipt of NC, Inc.; Andy Oxy Co., Inc.; HealthCare Claims Management; Hendersonville Health & Rehab/Beystone Health & Rehab, a Sanstone Community; KBR Building Group; Pardee Hospital; ParsecFinancial Management, Inc.; Times-News; Wells Fargo; and Wright McGraw Beyer Architects, PA., served as Gold Sponsors.
Since 1996, the Tournament of Champions has raised more than $1.9 million to expand Pardee Hospital, improve services and purchase equipment to strengthen patient care.
Want a little exercise before the Rhythm and Brews event this Wednesday? Check out the Pardee Hospital Main Street Mile Run brought to you by Foot RX Running - Asheville! The Pardee Hospital Main Street Mile is a fun noncompetitive race designed for the entire family. The race will begin at 5:15pm with an entry fee of $10 or compete in the entire 4 race series for only $30.
Historic Downtown Hendersonville is excited to announce our plans for a new music series in downtown for the summer of 2013. Scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of May, June, July and August the event is an exciting addition to the variety of music and entertainment that is offered for the community in downtown. A free event, the concert series brings an exciting line-up of bands to the district. The venue for the series is the Azalea Lot in Historic Downtown Hendersonville, which sits adjacent to King Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues in downtown. With shows scheduled for May 16th, June 20th, July 18th and August 15th we hope to have downtown grooving throughout the summer. There will also be a variety of on-site vendors and activities for the whole family.
Register here http://wncracing.com/msmmain.html. Show your race bib for a free wristband at the concert (must be 21 or over).