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Santa stops by Pardee

Santa made a stop at Pardee to visit with patients one evening before things got too busy at his workshop.  Here are a few photos from his visit.  You never know when he might stop by again! [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]

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Thank you - Pardee Auxiliary Volunteers

The many decorations you see throughout the hospital come from the help of our wonderful volunteers. The Pardee Auxiliary volunteers decorate eleven trees each year. These trees are located at the main entrance, lobby, admitting, radiology, rehab, day surgery, the ICU waiting area, the Women & Children’s center, orthopedics, the ED and the Comprehensive Wound Center. The volunteers give additional time to decorate the trees each year. In addition to the Pardee Auxiliary, the Land of Sky Garden Club sends volunteers to decorate behind the information desk in the main lobby, setting up trees next to the elevators on the ground floor and decorating the atrium on the way to radiology. Many hours are donated to ensure Pardee is decorated and festive each year. We would like to take a moment and thank those who are a part of making this happen. We appreciate your time and hard work.

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Slim down this holiday season

Lighten Up 4 Life is your community weight-loss challenge. Start the new year off right with Lighten Up 4 Life! It’s about more than losing inches and pounds; it’s about living a healthier life. And when you join as a team, studies have proven that you have better results. Here you’ll find all the resources you need to be successful, but it’s up to you to make the commitment. Next 16-week session begins Jan. 3. Click here to join. The Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center along with the Pardee Health Education Center offers several classes and options to help you and your Lighten Up 4 Life team to keep off the pounds this holiday season. Click here to see a calendar of events and classes. When you don't have time for a class, every little bit of activity counts toward balancing out calories eaten. Here are some general numbers to spark your interest: High burn activities (per 30 min): Mild stretching/yoga - 85 calories Ice skating - 238 calories Sledding - 238 calories Shoveling snow - 238 calories Decorating a Christmas tree - 85 calories Shopping - 78 calories Baking/food preparation (no munching) - 136 calories Unloading the car - 102 calories Low burn activities (per 30 min): Writing Christmas cards - 61 calories Reading/sitting - 44 calories Standing in line holding items - 68 calories Wrapping gifts - 51 calories Socializing/standing - 61 calories Playing cards - 51 calories Slim down this holiday season and supplement your weekly activities with time at the Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center and the Pardee Health Education Center. For questions or general wellness information, contact Emily Van Eman, Medical Wellness Coordinator at (828) 698-6774. The Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center is located at 212-B Thompson Street in Hendersonville beside Epic Theatres. For questions regarding classes at the Pardee Health Education Center call 1-866-790-WELL.  The Pardee Health Education Center is located in the Blue Ridge Mall on Four Seasons Boulevard.

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Pardee Hospital Nurses Receive Board Certification

[caption id="attachment_2177" align="alignleft" width="218" caption="Sarah Bentley, RN II, BSN, BC"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2178" align="alignleft" width="221" caption="Janice Farmer, RN III, OCN, BC"][/caption]

Sarah Bentley, RN II, BSN, BC, and Janice Farmer, RN III, OCN, BC have passed a rigorous national exam and are now board certified in Medical/Surgical Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Bentley received her bachelor’s degree in science and nursing at Gardner Webb University. While pursuing national certification, she attended a specialty course through the Oncology Nursing Society to be certified to administer chemotherapy. She also became a nursing preceptor through the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville. Farmer received her nursing education at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. She is now dual-certified in Oncology Nursing (OCN) and Medical Surgical Nursing (BC). Certified through the Oncology Nursing Society to administer chemotherapy, Farmer is a member of the Pardee Cancer Committee and the Nursing Professional Development Committee. “Sarah are Janice are delightful, caring and highly competent nurses,” said Sandy Weeks, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, director of medical and oncology nursing at Pardee Hospital. “They provide wonderful patient centered care to in-patients and out-patients on the medical/oncology unit at Pardee.” The ANCC provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence.  It is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. ANCC certification exams validate nurses’ skills, knowledge, and abilities. More than a quarter million nurses have been certified by ANCC since 1990.

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Pardee’s laboratory receives accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Pardee Hospital’s laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. Laboratory director, Karla Ketwitz, was congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” Pardee Hospital’s laboratory is one of the more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. “Our continued commitment to providing the highest level of care to our patient’s is demonstrated by this result,” Ketwitz said. “I want to thank all the lab associates for all they do to make this distinction possible.” The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients. The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

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