Pardee Hospital CEO, James M. Kirby II, has announced the appointment of David Ellis, MD, FACOG to the position of Chief Medical Officer, effective immediately. Dr. Ellis has served as interim CMO since November 2014.
“We are thrilled to announce Dr. Ellis as the permanent CMO for Pardee Hospital,” said Kirby. “Dr. Ellis is a highly regarded physician who understands all aspects and challenges of health care today. He is a strong asset to our administrative team.”
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ellis has operational oversight of multiple departments. Some of his duties include coordination of the medical staff activities of the hospital, championing clinical pathways, and ensuring that the viewpoints of all physicians are presented and considered as a part of hospital strategic decisions. "Dr. Ellis will bring a level of experience and leadership to Pardee that will benefit our physicians, staff, and above all, our patients," said Dr. Steven Lackey, Pardee Hospital Chief of Staff.
Born and raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee, Ellis graduated first from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, with degrees in English and Economics. He studied medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He and his family moved to Hendersonville in 1987, where he was a partner with Hendersonville OB/GYN before founding his own practice in 1998. He has held several positions with Pardee Hospital, including medical chief of staff, chairman of the medical Executive Committee, and sat on the Board of Trustees, among others. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG) and continues to treat patients at his office on Oakland Street in Hendersonville. “I view this move from interim to permanent as validation of the work that I’ve already done here at Pardee, as well as the work I hope to do with our hospital staff and team of physicians,” said Dr. Ellis. “I look forward to utilizing my experience to help strengthen Pardee’s mission of providing advanced, compassionate care to all of our patients.”
As a continuation of joint community service, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Pardee Hospital and HopeRx are teaming together once again to host a Pill Drop to help the fight against prescription drug abuse. We will be collecting all unwanted, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication with the exception of chemotherapy medications and needles.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Pardee Medical Office Building Parking lot on Wednesday, May 20.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. Detection of lung cancer at an early stage carries improved rates of survival. A low-dose CT Lung scan can be a benefit to high-risk patients that fall into one of the following categories: age 55-77 years and have a 30 or more pack-year history of smoking (if a former smoker, must have quit within 15 years), or age 50 or older, have a 20 or more pack-year history of smoking, and one additional risk factor (family history, occupational exposure, etc.)
Pardee Hospital health care professionals will present information on the low-dose, CT scan lung cancer screening including its effectiveness in detecting lung cancer for high-risk individuals, associated costs and how to talk with your health care provider about the screening. There will be two presentation opportunities on Tuesday, May 12, from 6 – 7 p.m. at Pardee Signature Care Center and Tuesday, May 26, from 6 -7 p.m. at Mission Pardee Health Campus in the Fletcher YMCA building on the 2nd floor. To register for either presentation, please call (828) 692-4600.
People new to Medicare, care givers and others who help senior citizens with their Medicare insurance should consider attending this free, informative class. Sponsored by the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) of Henderson County and the Buncombe County Council on Aging, this program explains the sections of Medicare, when to sign up, how to avoid penalties and how to make the most cost-effective choices. The information presented is unbiased as no products are sold or endorsed.
This class will be held at the Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall, on Thursday, May 21 from 3 – 5 p.m. To register, please call (828) 692-4600 or go to coabc.org/events.
May is national stroke awareness month and every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. In an effort to educate the community on stroke and its risk factors, Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall, will be providing multiple opportunities for stroke awareness information each week during the month of May. Education emphasis will be placed on stroke risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, the importance of wellness visits with a health care provider, and warning signs and symptoms used for detecting a stroke.
A special stroke awareness presentation will be provided on Thursday, May 28 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Pardee Signature Care Center. David Fluech, PA-C, with Pardee Neurology Associates and Kelli Lingg, RN from Pardee Hospital’s Emergency Department, will discuss stroke anatomy, warning signs and symptoms, and stroke’s short-term and long-term impact from both a health care provider and patient perspective. To register for the presentation, please visit pardeesignaturecare.org or call (828) 692-4600.