Pardee Hospital Foundation will host A Black Tie Affair on Saturday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Community College Technical Center. The event will celebrate Pardee Hospital's dedication to serving the health care needs of Henderson County and western North Carolina. The entire community is invited to attend this black tie event and enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction and music. Funds raised from this event will benefit the Operating Room Integration Project at Pardee Hospital.
The foundation will present the eleventh annual Healthcare Philanthropist of the Year Award to a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee Hospital, to Pardee Hospital Foundation and for the improvement of the community's health care. The foundation will also present the second annual Physician of the Year Award. This award will be given to a Pardee physician whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care and a commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the community.
This public event has individual tickets, along with young patron tickets, available for purchase. For information on tickets and sponsorships opportunities, contact the Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666 or visit pardeehospitalfoundation.org.
In recognition of National Stroke Month this May, Pardee Hospital invites the community to hear Dr. Joel Callahan present "Stroke: Know the Warning Signs" from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at the Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall.
Joel Callahan, M.D., a neurologist with Pardee Neurology Associates, will discuss the risk factors of stroke. Additional discussion topics will include recognizing the symptoms of stroke, Atrial Fibrillation and how it relates to stroke, and stroke prevention. A stroke risk assessment and pulse check will also be available to attendees.
For more information or to register, call (828) 692-4600. Seating is limited and registration requested.
The community is invited to hear Dr. Stephen Moll present "Blood Clots (DVT & PE): Risk, Factors and Treatment," a Lunch and Learn workshop, from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, June 20, at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 North Justice Street in Hendersonville.
Dr. Moll is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He specializes in blood clots and clotting disorders. Dr. Moll is a co-founder of the UNC Blood Clot Education Outreach Program, Clot Connect (www.clotconnect.org), an information resource for patients with DVT/ PE and health care professionals looking after such patients.
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 June 17.
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 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.
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.