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Pardee Hospital Receives Top “A” Grade in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score Third Consecutive Time

 

Pardee Hospital has received a top grade for its commitment to protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Leapfrog Group awarded Pardee an "A" in its spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score.

"Receiving this award three consecutive times reinforces the importance of safety here at Pardee. I am proud to serve alongside these fine individuals, who remain committed to providing the very best care to our patients," said Jay Kirby, President and CEO, Pardee Hospital.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent industry watchdog and its hospital safety rating is the only one to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Leapfrog scores are free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

"Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly," said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. "No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the co-workers of Pardee for achieving an "A" and showing us that Pardee makes the well-being of patients a top priority."

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

To see how Pardee's score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also download a free Hospital Safety Score app.

The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

 

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Lighten Up 4 Life Health Tips

Did you know that, on average, Americans consume nearly 100 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year? That's 30 teaspoons every day. As the number one source of calories in the American diet, soda and sweetened fruit drinks alone represent half of our sugar intake. Here are some simple and effective ways you can cut back on sugar consumption:

 

Swap soda for sparking water and add lemon or lime to flavor. Replacing just one 12-oz soda each day will save you 10 teaspoons of sugar.

When cooking or baking, replace sugar with spices to add flavor and zest.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with healthier options like fruit, low-sugar cereal, or yogurt with fresh fruit.

Replace ketchup with salsa whenever you can. Ketchup contains about 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon; salsa typically contains no sugar.

Skip those granola bars — most contain 11-16 grams of sugar each. Instead, choose veggies and hummus for a quick energy boost.

What are your favorite sugar swaps? Tell us here.

 

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Lighten Up 4 Life kicks off new challenge

 

Welcome to the new Lighten Up 4 Life 2014 Challenge!

LU4L Final

Whether you're new to the challenge or have participated before, we're glad you're here. For this challenge, our focus is working together to build a healthier community.

We want to hear why you want to Lighten Up 4 Life. Is it for a special event or to meet a personal goal? Leave a comment and tell us why.

To help you and your team get started on this wellness journey, schedule your free Lighten Up 4 Life Screening today!

Lighten Up For Life Screening - Free for Lighten Up For Life participants, $10 for all others

Screening of height, weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage and waist, arm and thigh measurements. Program registration available at screening. Make your appointment for any time during normal business hours. Appointment required by calling (828) 692-4600.

 

 

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Pardee Hospital Foundation Raises Nearly $85,000 at 19th Annual Tournament of Champions

Pardee Hospital Foundation's 19th Annual Tournament of Champions at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock raised nearly $85,000 to purchase vital medical equipment for Pardee Hospital.

A total of 148 golfers competed in this year's two 18-hole tournaments that help give back to our community's health care. This year's tournament proceeds will help the foundation purchase a new BK Medical Flex Focus 400 Urology Ultrasound unit with superb imaging capabilities to detect the early signs of prostate cancer in a less invasive process.

"Being surrounded by individuals and professionals that truly care so much about the well-being and health of the people in their community is why I am a part of and support the Pardee Hospital Foundation. It's truly a blessing to know that what you do today and the time you spend will be used to possibly save a life tomorrow, and that my friends is what it's all about," said Mark Staicar, co-chair of the 19th annual tournament of champions, Vendor Sales Manager for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company.

A total of 40 sponsors supported this year's Tournament of Champions. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Asheville and SanStone Health and Rehabilitation served as Diamond Sponsors. MagMutual; Andy Oxy Co., Inc.; First Citizens Bank; Pardee Hospital; HealthCare Claims Management; Wells Fargo; Wright McGraw Beyer Architects, PA.;Carolina Village; Times-News; WTZQ, 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.

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Knee Arthritis: End Pain with New Surgical Techniques

Do not let knee pain keep you from enjoying life! Edward G. Lilly III, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, will discuss the newest techniques used to treat arthritis in the knee. These techniques include partial knee replacements, new implants and custom knee replacements. Dr. Lilly will be available to answer your questions about knee pain and offer options to help get you moving again.

Wed., May 14, 1 – 2 p.m. at Pardee Signature Care Center.

Register by calling (828) 692-4600.

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