The Pardee Hospital Auxiliary recently held a celebration dinner for all of those who volunteer at the hospital. The event provided special recognition to four individuals who have volunteered over 9,000 hours to the hospital. Ruth Tillman with over 9,000 hours, Myrl Jean Hughes with over 11,000 hours, William "Skip" Alison with over 12,000 hours and Betty Alison has surpassed an amazing 14,000 hours. A number of volunteers have contributed time and resources to the hospital for over 20 years, including Sandy Wagner who began her service in 1971.
Parker Roberts, President of the Pardee Hospital Auxiliary, saluted the more than 200 members of the Auxiliary who volunteered a total of 25,894 hours of service to Pardee Hospital during the past year. He stated that, "according to federal guidelines the value of these hours equates to $480,324, but the greater value is the warm and friendly assistance rendered to the thousands of patients and visitors who come to the hospital every year."
The Auxillary work in a variety of areas and services that include but are not limited to the Information Desk, Transporter, the Garden Café, Out-patient Lab, Courier Service, Newspaper Service, and Wellness and Rehabilitation. These volunteers not only support patients and visitors, but also provide critical support to staff members.
Each year the hospital recognizes the work of the Auxiliary with the Annual Awards Dinner and a Spring luncheon, celebrating National Volunteer Week. Positions available for the Auxiliary vary, and can provide opportunities for qualified individuals with all types of previous employment experience. As Pardee continues to expand and grow, it continues to need additional volunteers, and is accepting applications for various volunteer positions. For more information, please call Karla Reese, Auxiliary Services Manager at 696-4240.
Pardee Hospital Auxiliary Service Hour Awards
Patti Jane Dutcher
Myrl Jean Hughes
William (Skip) Alison
Betty J. Alison
Pardee Hospital has enforced the Visitor Restriction Policy which limits hospital patient's visitation to immediate family only and no one under 18 years of age.
"The health of our patients and the community are the highest concern of Pardee Hospital. Our policies and actions are designed to protect those at greatest risk during the flu season. There is an increase in reported influenza-like illnesses throughout North Carolina. The number of cases showing influenza like symptoms has surpassed the safe levels set by the North Carolina Public Health Division. As a result Pardee has implemented flu restrictions as of Friday, December 5. Early data suggests the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe, and Pardee Hospital's flu-restrictions will provide a safe environment for our patients and team members" stated Andrea Whitmire, Infection Prevetionist for Pardee Hospital.
This policy was put in action based off new information released from the Center of Disease Control (CDC). The restriction will remain in effect infection rates drop below the critical levels within the region.
Pardee Signature Care and Lighten Up 4 Life are here to help you make healthy decisions this holiday season. Maureen, with LightenUp4Life, how can we get through the holidays without gaining weight?
Maintain, don't gain this Holiday Season. What does this mean? And how? Not to worry, Lighten Up 4 Life is here to help you. We have tips, skills to share and ideas that can help you steer through the holidays without adding on extra pounds.
Sarah, with Pardee Signature Care Center, how do we control emotions and save on 'mindlessly eating' those extra calories?
As part of the Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Season, it's important to remember that during this time we may experience an overabundance of emotions. We love the decorations, the food and the warmth of close friends and family. However, the season takes on a different outlook when we feel like we are being pulled in a million directions. We may worry because our house we cleaned for 5 hours is now becoming a mess, our family is in a heated discussion, and the children are screaming in the background. Yes. We are overjoyed on the outside, but sometimes we can have a flood of emotions washing over us internally. When you're stressed, tired and emotional, it's easy to overeat. How can we get through the holiday season without consuming those extra calories.
Remember, Lighten Up 4 Life and Pardee Signature Care is here to help you through the holidays by helping you find a healthy balance between eating, exercise and stress reduction. As we said above, we love to laugh, so please share stories with us on your holiday mishaps, and some helpful things you learned along the way to stay healthy through the holidays.
Our first LightenUp4Life Challenge is coming up in January, so grab some friends and register today. Our free online tools and newsletters can teach you how to make healthier choices for you and your family.
The community is invited to a Lunch and Learn workshop entitles "Coping with Cancer During the Holidays," from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, December 12, at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 North Justice Street in Hendersonville.
Presenter, Justin Yopp, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with the North Carolina Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry and the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. He provides clinical services to children, adolescents and adults with cancer or affected by cancer.
This free community event will be located in the Video Conference Room on the ground floor of Pardee Hospital. Directional signs will be posted at the main entrance as well as the parking garage. A complimentary light lunch will be provided.
For more information or to register, please call (828) 696-1341. Seating is limited and registration is requested by 4:30 p.m. on December 9.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee offers the latest cancer treatment technology available today while focusing on a commitment to patient-centered care. This is done by providing compassionate care for all patients and their families. Their efforts are focused on research, providing quality care close to home, education and offering cancer screenings throughout the community. The mission of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee is to support the National Cancer Institute's goal to ultimately eliminate suffering and death due to cancer in Henderson County and western North Carolina.
The UNC Cancer Network seeks to improve cancer care and support across the state of North Carolina through the integration of cancer support programs. These programs include telemedicine, patient navigation and clinical research. Our affiliation with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee allows the community to receive world class cancer care right here in Henderson County.
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.
Help Pardee raise awareness about diabetes by wearing blue today!
Our guest blog for November comes from our Coordinator for the Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Pardee:
This awareness day was created in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation to bring attention to the rising rate of diabetes worldwide, and to keep the issues and concerns of people living and dealing with diabetes in the spotlight. The theme for World Diabetes Day is "Healthy Living and Diabetes."
November 14 was the celebration date chosen, in memory of the birthday of Frederick Banting, one of the pioneers in insulin research, and of his discovery of insulin in 1921. Today, more than 382 million people worldwide have diabetes. The United States ranks 3rd in the world for number of people with diabetes – only India and China surpass us.
Are you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes? Take our free virtual screening to find out.
Want to learn more about diabetes? Check out Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.