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Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Presentation

April 12-18, 2015 is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week and health care providers across the country will be offering free screenings to the public to promote awareness. More than 35,000 Americans were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year. Because many do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee will be sponsoring a presentation at the Signature Care Center on Thursday, April 9 from 6 -7 p.m. Mark McCollough, MD, with Mountain Radiation Oncology, will discuss the signs and symptoms associated with oral, head and neck cancers and the importance of early detection and treatment.

Following the informational presentation, there will be two head and neck cancer screening opportunities on Tuesday, April 14 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center and Thursday, April 23 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Mission Pardee Health Campus, in Fletcher. Every adult is encouraged to get tested. If diagnosed early, oral, head and neck cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications and the chances of survival greatly increases. These 10-minute screenings will be preformed by physicians specializing in otolaryngology.

To register for the presentation or make an appointment for a free screening, please call (828) 692-4600.

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Pardee Hospital to Host April Blood Drive

Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Wednesday, April 8, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the Jamison Conference Room at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 N. Justice Street in Hendersonville.

In order to donate blood, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and not have donated blood in the past 56 days. Walk-in donors will be accepted, but those with appointments will be seen first. Request an appointment by calling (828) 696-4205 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donors will receive one movie ticket.

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Comprehensive Wound Care Center Receives Center of Distinction and Center of Excellence National Awards

The Comprehensive Wound Center at Pardee is pleased to receive the Center of Distinction Award, for the fourth consecutive year. The award is presented by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Comprehensive Wound Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction over 92 percent, a minimum 91 percent wound healing rate within 30 median days to heal and other quality outcomes. The Wound Center was one of only 172 centers who achieved this high honor. The center also received the Robert A. Warriner Center of Excellence Award, recognizing centers that have received the Center of Distinction Award for three consecutive years (2012, 2013 and 2014).

“This award is a great honor and is attributed to the outstanding clinical care that patients receive. The Physicians and Nurses here at the Wound Center are extremely compassionate and very knowledge. I frequently receive positive feedback from patients that otherwise might have never healed or in some cases, lost a limb. It is very rewarding to work with such a great group of people,” stated Anne Sweeney, Program Director, Comprehensive Wound Center at Pardee.

The Comprehensive Wound Center at Pardee offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The Wound Center is a member of the Healogics Network, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating over two million chronic wounds.

The Comprehensive Wound Center at Pardee is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Physician’s office referrals are not necessary to make an appointment. For more information call (828) 696-4284.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage more than 550 Wound Care Centers in the nation and see nearly 200,000patients per year through a connected network of centers, partner hospitals, academic medical centers, patients and families. Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population. For more information or to find a Wound Care Center near you, please visit www.healogics.com.

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Pardee Hospital Names Ron McKeee as New Director of Imaging Services

Pardee Hospital is pleased to announce Ron McKee, has accepted the Director of Imaging Services position with Pardee effective immediately.

Mckee joins Pardee after working as the Manager of Imaging Services for Caromont Health in Gastonia, NC where he was responsible for imaging services in the hospital, four imaging centers, and a free standing emergency department. Prior to this, he was the VP of Clinical Operations at Insight Imaging in Charlotte, NC and served in numerous other roles in other organizations throughout his career.

McKee started in the Air Force and went on to become an EMT and ultimately an Ultrasound Technician. He has an Associate in Science degree and has also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging. He is currently enrolled in the Wingate University MBA program.

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Pardee Accepting Applications for Junior Volunteer Summer Program

Pardee Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2015 Junior Volunteer Summer Program. The Junior Volunteers provide an important service to the individuals they serve, and to the community as a whole.

The program’s primary goals are to teach the value of community service and to expose our Junior Volunteers to the healthcare field. Qualities that we are looking for in our Junior Volunteers include dependability, promptness, honesty and professionalism. Junior Volunteer responsibilities include but are not limited to escorting patients and visitors to their destinations, transporting patients and visitors in wheelchairs, working in the Garden Café, Orchard’s Café and assisting in various other departments.

In order to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, potential volunteers must be at least 14 years of age by April 1, 2015. The 2015 summer schedule runs from Wednesday, June 17 (Junior Volunteer orientation day) to Wednesday, August 12. Junior Volunteers are expected to work at least four hours per week (Monday through Friday) between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Junior Volunteers will not volunteer on weekends.

Completed applications and documents must be turned in by April 20. Orientation will be on June 17 or on June 19, and attendance to this session is mandatory. Program applicants must complete a Pardee Hospital Junior Volunteer Program Application, Junior Volunteer Health Form, Junior Volunteer Reference Form and a Junior Volunteer Questionnaire and Pledge Form.

Visit the “About Us” section of www.pardeehosptial.org and click on “Volunteer Opportunities” to find the Junior Volunteer Summer Program application form. For more information about the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, please contact Karla Reese at (828) 696-4240.

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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