In case you missed the 5 o'clock Health Alert, on Monday, October 21, here is a great story on breast cancer treatment at Pardee Hospital.
On Thursday, Oct. 17, Pardee hosted a Celebration of Life event for the Breast Friends Forever support group at the Pardee Signature Care Center. Over 30 members of the support group attended this annual event that celebrates women who have overcome issues related to breast cancer and survivorship.
At the Celebration of Life, the support group members shared their experiences with each other and then listened to guest speaker, Susan Albers, as she shared her cancer journey. The ladies were then led outside where members of the Hendersonville Fire Department expressed their support and presented a pink rose to each of the ladies. A special dinner was held afterwards catered by Iannucci's of Hendersonville, and local Mary Kay consultants were also onsite to give free makeovers.
The Breast Friends Forever support group meets monthly at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee and is open to women who currently have breast cancer or have previously been treated for the disease. The group is free and open to the public. For more information about this support group, contact Kristy Capps at (828) 698-7334.
Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Friday, Nov. 8, 12 - 4:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall on Four Seasons Boulevard.
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.
Pardee Hospital Foundation will host its 16th Annual Women Helping Women events October 24 and 25 at Kenmure Country Club. Over 350 members of the community will attend this annual dinner and luncheon to celebrate cancer awareness, survivorship and to see first hand how their collaborative gifts touch so many lives.
This year’s keynote speaker, Shannon Miller – the most decorated Olympic gymnast in America turned health and wellness advocate, national speaker and author – will share her inspirational message of courage and grace at the Women Helping Women dinner and luncheon. After retiring from Olympic competition, Miller earned undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship, and a law degree from Boston College. When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January 2011, Miller went into battle mode. Using her faith and lessons learned through gymnastics to set goals and keep a positive mental attitude, Miller is proud to be a cancer survivor.
“A diagnosis of cancer is a game changer. We find strength and courage that we never knew we had. Yes we will get knocked down…but we learn that we cannot give in or give up. We learn to fight back.” said Miller. Shannon Miller has earned seven Olympic and nine World Championship medals, and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice.
Pardee Hospital Foundation will also announce the 2013 Woman of Hope. The Woman of Hope award honors women in the community for sharing their stories of courage, determination and will as they faced cancer and other diseases. Past Women of Hope are on display at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee.
Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women Committee plans to raise over $130,000 from the generosity of sponsors and attendees. The Pardee Hospital Auxiliary once again made the lead gift with a generous contribution of $12,500. Diamond sponsors include Hendersonville Surgical Associates and Eleanora W. Meloun with generous contributions of $6,000 each. Gold sponsors include Carolina Village, Mountain Radiology and Oncology, Hendersonville Times-News and UBS Financial Services with generous contribution of $3,000 each.
Funds that are raised from Women Helping Women provide financial assistance for uninsured and under-insured women for their health care needs at Pardee. Specifically, these needs address diagnostic screenings and procedures for cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and other critical women’s health needs.
UNC Health Care Telemedicine Lunch and Learn:
Integrative Medicine: Is Taking Supplements Worthwhile?
The community is invited to hear Dr. Gary Asher presents “Integrative Medicine: Is taking supplements worthwhile,” a Lunch and Learn workshop, from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11th at Pardee Hospital, located on 800 North Justice Street in Hendersonville.
Gary Asher, M.D., MPH, is a board-certified family medicine physician and medical acupuncturist at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Department of Family Medicine. Among a variety of areas in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, he has trained in Ayurvedic Medicine, Western Botanical Medicine, Massage Therapy and Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Asher serves as Director of Integrative Medicine Services at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he provides Integrative Medicine consultations for cancer patients and survivors.
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 contact (828) 696-1341. Seating is limited and registration is requested by 4:30 p.m. on October 8th.
About the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee
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.