Thomas L. Eisenhauer, M.D., FACS, of Pardee Surgical Associates was recently appointed to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control by the North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Dr. Eisenhauer will be serving on this committee through August 31, 2018.
Governor McCrory stated, "Dr. Eisenhauer's service will make an immediate and positive impact upon the changes we are making in our state. We need leaders such as him in public service to help promote our vision and realization of a better North Carolina."
The mission of the Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control is to facilitate the reduction of cancer incidence and mortality for all North Carolinians, enhance statewide access to quality treatment and support services, and maximize quality of life for all North Carolina cancer survivors, patients, and their loved ones through educating and advising government officials, policy makers, public and private organizations, and the public.Dr. Eisenhauer's commitment to the advancement of cancer treatment and prevention ensures that the residents in western North Carolina receive the very best care and treatment possible while remaining at the forefront of the minds of policy and decision makers.
"Pardee Hospital has always been dedicated to improving the health and well being of the region. It has been my pleasure to work alongside dedicated clinical staff that is willing to take this a step further, by working to improve health care at a state and national level. Dr. Eisenhauer's commitment to cancer treatment is one of many testaments to the quality of care found at Pardee Hospital and within the UNC Health Care family," stated Jay Kirby, President and CEO of Pardee Hospital.
In addition to Dr. Eisenhauer's role as a General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon with Pardee Surgical Associates, he is also active on a regional and national level in the fight against cancer. He has been an elected Diplomat to the Commission on Cancer (CoC), representing the American College of Surgeons, since 1994. He is a surveyor for the CoC, reviewing other cancer programs nationally, and serves as Chairman of the Field Staff Subcommittee, tasked with training and overseeing all national surveyors. He currently serves as the North Carolina State Chairman for the CoC Cancer Liaison Program and is a member of the Ethics Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Eisenhauer has also been a featured speaker at numerous national meetings, speaking on behalf of the CoC.
Dr. Eisenhauer stated, "This appointment by Governor McCrory will enable me to bring to the state level the cancer activities and knowledge that I have been exposed to nationally through my roles with the CoC. By being involved with cancer care locally, regionally and nationally, I have the ability to help each of the programs at their specific levels of regulations. Ultimately, I hope this will be to the benefit of our cancer patients here locally, as well as far beyond."
Congratulations to Laura Collins, BSN, RN-BC, SANE, RN III, for receiving the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Laura is a clinical coordinator and staff nurse in the Emergency Department Psychiatric Transitional Unit. She enjoys being a nurse because it gives her the opportunity to help those who have no one or nothing to help them; whether they are underserved, the least cared for, forgotten or neglected. When Laura isn't caring for patients, she likes to swim, travel, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with her children.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national award that honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. If you would like to nominate a Pardee nurse for their excellence in patient care, click here.
Did you know that digestive diseases affect about 70 million Americans?
At Pardee's Connect: Digestive Health Seminar you will learn about some of these digestive diseases, and what you can do to prevent them.
Pardee Spirit of Women Program Presents:
"Connecting the Dots: Your Digestive System and Feeling Healthy"
The Pardee Spirit of Women Program will host, "Connecting the Dots: Your Digestive System and Feeling Healthy" on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pardee Signature Care Center.
Internist, Daniel Grace, M.D., from Pardee Fletcher Medical Associates, will discuss how the digestive system works, what organs play a role in digestion, and what to do when the digestive system is not functioning at its best. Information will be provided specifically on such topics as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and gallstones. Laurie Steenwyk, a clinical dietician at Pardee, will provide insights on the role that diet plays in digestive health. Pardee pharmacist, Don Schoeff, will talk about medications available for addressing digestive problems.
Register by calling the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600 or online at pardeesignaturecare.org. Refreshments will be available at the event.
Pardee is proud to be a Spirit of Women hospital – a network of hospitals and health care systems across the nation that inspire healthy lifestyle choices for women and their families. Pardee's Spirit of Women seminars, screenings and events will empower women to address and improve the health issues that affect them each day. Be a part of the movement and help us inspire the mothers, wives, sisters and friends in our community to take action and lead a healthy lifestyle.
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