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Karen Winch receives aquatic therapy certification

Karen Winch, an aquatic therapist at the Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center, recently became certified in aquatic therapeutic exercise.  Winch is the only aquatic therapist in Western North Carolina and one of only 17 in the entire state to have received this certification. Winch has been with Pardee for 12 years.  She began working as a physical therapist assistant and moved over to aquatics in 2006.  Winch received her certification through the Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation Institute. “The certification required 15 hours of hands-on work and classroom education, followed by a comprehensive exam,” said Winch.  “In a year, I will go back to continue my education and renew the certification.” Winch stated that her certification and the recent certification of other Pardee associates show the hospital’s encouragement and interest in continuing education.  The addition of Winch’s certification will allow for the Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center to offer state-of-the-art aquatics rehabilitation therapy where each patient receives a tailored program specific to their diagnosis. For more information about the aquatic therapy program at the Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355).

Posted in: Pardee

New surgery without incisions now available for chronic heartburn and reflux

Daniel Timmerman, D.O., a local surgeon, has performed North Carolina’s first Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure, or TIF, at Pardee Hospital. “The TIF procedure can significantly improve the quality of life for our patients,” said Dr. Timmerman.  “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is an anatomical problem which needs an anatomical solution.  Reflux medication can help to relieve patients’ heartburn symptoms but don’t solve the underlying anatomical problems or prevent further disease progression.” The TIF procedure is based on the established principles of surgical repair of the anti-reflux barrier, except that it is performed transorally (through the mouth).  The procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent reflux.  Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar. “Recent studies show that TIF can reduce patients’ dependency on medications with 79 percent of patients remaining off of their daily medications after two years and experiencing a dramatic improvement in their quality of life,” said Dr. Timmerman.  “With millions of Americans suffering with daily symptoms of reflux, we are very excited to be able to offer our patients the same incredible benefits as more invasive procedures without incisions.” For more information, call 698-0581.

Posted in: Clinical

Care and Convenience

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee is dedicated to the provision of state-of-the-art, outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine for acute and chronic wounds. All levels of clinical staff on our team are trained in the most current evidence based-practices for problem wound management and hyperbaric medicine. Patient care is provided in partnership with Diversified Clinical Services, the leading national provider of wound care services, that touts an 88% healing rate within 31 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction. When a patient is referred to the Center, they will receive a complete physical and wound assessment with treatment based on wound etiology and state of the art wound care modalities. Our treatment process includes a holistic approach, addressing underlying problems, and educating for prevention and treatment. Call us at (828) 696-4284

Posted in: Clinical

Dedicated to Wound Care

Charles Albers, M.D., FACS, speaks about the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee.

Posted in: Clinical

Mindful eating for the holiday season

Be sure to tune into Health Talk on WTZQ AM 1600 this morning at 10:02 a.m. I will be talking to Cheryl G. Tuttle, MHS, RD, CSO, LDN,  about mindful eating during the holiday season.  She shared the additional information below:
During the winter months it is easy to turn to comfort foods that may not be the best for our health or waistline. Excessive fat and sugar can sneak its way in into your diet from the candies, baked goods and other winter holiday foods that are so commonly available at home and in the workplace during the season. Those extra calories can eventually add up to undesired weight gain. For someone wanting to lose weight, that weight gain can be detrimental to feeling successful with weight loss goals. However, it is not too late to consider a few general tips that might help you make it through the holidays without regrets.
 
1. Be cautious of buffets and appetizers, remember every bite counts
2. Be mindful of liquid calories, they count too
3. Watch the portions, stick to small plates and one helping
4. Do not skip meals, going hungry does not help
5. Search out fruits and vegetables, for example: berries, pears, citrus, greens
6. Stay hydrated with simple water
7. Plan ahead and pre-pack healthy foods while on the go
8. Eat breakfast
9. Find ways to stay active
10. Do not set yourself up for failure, stick to a goal to maintain weight and allow for some treats in your daily meal planning
 
Thanks Cheryl, for those great tips.

Posted in: Wellness