Pardee Hospital, in partnership with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, will host Hike to Health on Saturday, Apr. 20, at 9 a.m. at Bearwallow Mountain in Henderson County.
Hike to Health focuses on community wellness by bringing people together from Henderson County and the surrounding communities by promoting healthy and active lifestyles. This will be Pardee's fifth Hike to Health outdoor community event.
Bearwallow Mountain straddles the Eastern Continental Divide and towers above the Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure areas. The Bearwallow Mountain Trail is a 2-mile moderate hike with some obstacles within the trail. The summit provides extensive views of Mount Mitchell, Mount Pisgah and the Balsams.
Hikers should arrive at 8:30 a.m. to sign in; the hike will begin at 9 a.m. Hike to Health is free to the public and registration is now open. To register for Hike to Health, call 1-866-790-WELL.
Pardee Hospital and Henderson County Emergency Medical Service System have joined forces to participate in the statewide RACE CARS project and the national CARES registry, aimed at increasing the chances for survival in sudden cardiac arrest and assessing performance for further improvement.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death among Americans. The average national survival rate is 8 percent, but that rate varies widely by geographic region. In North Carolina, only 1 in 5 victims receive bystander CPR, and only 1 in 20 survive to hospital discharge. RACE CARS (Regional Approach to Cardiovascular Emergencies Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation System) coordinates local medical resources to provide the rapid diagnosis and high-quality emergency treatment necessary to improve sudden cardiac arrest rates. Part of this strategy includes reducing disparities in sudden cardiac arrest treatment.
To track the effectiveness of their efforts, Pardee Hospital, Henderson County EMS and other regional hospitals enter data about each cardiac event into the national Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). The registry helps to determine where ongoing improvements can be made. In addition, the partners plan to collaborate on another important phase in the program: community education about CPR and AED use.
"Our goal is to help Henderson County meet or exceed the national survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest by the spring of 2014," says Robert Kiskaddon, M.D., FACEP, Pardee Hospital's chief medical officer and vice president of Medical Affairs. "Pardee and Henderson County EMS are working to streamline standards and techniques that are proven to be dramatically effective in improving sudden cardiac arrest outcomes. We are pleased to partner with the Henderson County EMS team to help our community reach this crucial goal. Not only will this increase the survival rate but it may increase quality of life after a cardiac arrest event."
RACE CARS standards indicate that a patient with no pulse should be given high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)—lasting for at least 20 minutes—at the scene of the event, ensuring that moving and transporting the patient creates no more than a 10-second pause in resuscitation efforts. Since adopting this new approach, the Henderson County EMS System has seen a marked improvement in cardiac arrest survival. The destination hospital's emergency department meanwhile prepares to provide the rapid, structured interventions that have been shown to improve the short- and long-term prognosis of the sudden cardiac arrest patient, including therapeutic hypothermia, immediate coronary reperfusion and neurologic diagnosis.
RACE CARS is the largest statewide system of emergency cardiovascular care participating as a partner in the HeartRescue Project, a nationwide effort to double out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in the U.S. in five years. Further information about North Carolina's RACE CARS program can be obtained through the Medtronic Foundation's HeartRescue Project, at www.heartrescueproject.com/index.htm. More information about CARES can be found at www.mycares.net.
We are very excited to announce that Hike to Health is back...and this one is being hosted by our friends at the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. This will be the 5th hike that we have done and registration starts...now.
Here are the basics:
Where: Bearwallow Mountain Trail on Bearwallow Mountain, Hendersonville, NC
When: April 20th
How: Call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) to register
How much: Free
Schedule: 8:30 a.m. sign-in, hike starts at 9:00 a.m., then you are on your own to enjoy the day.
Now here are the details:
Pardee Hospital is hosting a community outdoor event, Hike to Health, on Saturday, April 20th, on Bearwallow Mountain. This is a special hike that we are doing in partnership with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.
Bearwallow Mountain Trail – Bearwallow Mountain, is located in Henderson County. It towers above the Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure areas. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide, the mountain has been a popular destination for generations of local hikers.
The trail is rated moderate overall and approximately two miles in length, round trip. The trail is moderately steep, with some obstacles in the trail.
The rocky, grassy summit provides an expansive 360 degree view from the south to west to north. Mount Mitchell, Mount Pisgah, and the Balsams are visible from the summit. You can also see much of rural Buncombe and Henderson Counties as well.
See the trail map page for more information and a downloadable GPS map of the new trail.
Reference: www.WNCOutdoors.info is a network of informational web sites about outdoor activities in Western North Carolina’s Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Directions: Do not rely on GPS. Directions are not completely accurate.
Directions from Asheville
I-240 East to I-40 West and take the first Exit 25A to Sweeten Creek Road heading south to Mills Gap Road.
Turn left onto Mills Gap Rd. to Hoopers Creek Rd. (5.7 miles).
Turn left on Hoopers Creek Rd. (you will see a sign for Grand Highlands at this intersection that says “Scenic route”)
Stay on Hoopers Creek (past Charlie’s on the Creek) 2.5 miles to a T intersection at Hoopers creek Baptist church. (Church will be on your right; cemetery will be on your left)
Take a left at this intersection (still Hoopers Creek Road)
Stay on Hoopers Creek until the road becomes N. Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. (approx. 1.5 miles)
Stay on North Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. (approx. 2.7 miles) until you see another sign for “scenic route”
Turn left at the sign onto Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. and stay on this until you arrive at Grand Highlands (approx. 1.8miles).
You will round the bend and see a red barn…follow the road on up to the Grand Clubhouse.
Directions from Hendersonville
64 East to Fruitland road and make a left onto Fruitland road (at the high school)
Stay on Fruitland road until you come to a stop sign in Fruitland.
Go through the intersection onto Old Clear Creek and stay on Old Clear Creek (You will drive past the two largest plastic cows you’ve ever seen) until you come to Bearwallow Mtn. Road.
Turn left onto Bearwallow Mtn. Road, Stay on Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. until you arrive at Grand Highlands. (Follow the scenic route sign)
Registration: Interested participants may register by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355). Registration is free.
Pardee Hospital’s focus for Hike to Health is on community wellness to bring people together from Henderson County and the surrounding communities to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Our goal is to showcase hiking as a fun outdoors activity where you can get up and get active with your family and friends.
Pardee Hospital welcomes Jamie M. Anthony, M.D., to the staff of Pardee Internal Medicine Associates.
Dr. Anthony is board-certified in internal medicine and received her doctorate from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed her residency training at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn., and most recently worked at Premier Internal Medicine, an outpatient practice in Brighton, Mich..
Dr. Anthony's approach to patient care combines up-to-date medical standards with careful listening. "I enjoy getting to know my patients well and learning about their health goals," she says. "Whether they are dealing with an acute or chronic health issue, my job as a physician is to guide my patients in the right direction using the latest, proven standards in care." As a new resident of Hendersonville, Dr. Anthony says she and her husband are enjoying the friendliness and beauty of the area. They recently welcomed a baby to their family.
Pardee Internal Medicine Associates is a group of carefully selected and trained individuals who work as a team to offer courteous, compassionate health care. All physicians at the practice have full admitting privileges at Pardee Hospital. The practice is located at 709 North Justice Street, Ste. A, in Hendersonville.
Dr. Anthony is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 694-7630.
Pardee Hospital and Blue Ridge Community Health Services are partnering in the 11th Annual Bearfootin' Art Walk in downtown Hendersonville. We picked up the bear today and our friends at Blue Ridge are finalizing an artist soon. Look to the blog and Facebook for updates.