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Pardee Cafeteria begins renovations in November

Beginning in November, the cafeteria will be moving forward with a much anticipated renovation project. The project will consist of demolition of the existing facility, adding two new service areas to include a full service grill, offering fresh, hot and cold sandwich specials as well as additional healthy options. There will also be a special cook to order International menu selection offered on a regular basis. Many great new services and a pleasant, modern atmosphere will be available at the conclusion of the project.  The project is due to be complete around the beginning of February. During this renovation process there will be some operational changes to allow for construction. An interim cafeteria service will be offered in the Education Classroom located on the hospital’s ground floor. The Garden Café will also be available for expanded service. Check back regularly for additional updates regarding the renovation progress on the Pardee Blog and Nutrition Services site. The Nutrition Services staff would like to thank you in advance for your patience during this important transition. Click here to view a model of what the new Cafeteria floor plan will look like. Click here to see a model of the interim Cafeteria floor plan. Here are some before photos of the Cafeteria: [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]

Posted in: Renovations

Pardee speech therapist presents “Keeping Your Brain Young” seminar

Lucy Butler, a Pardee speech therapist, will present “Sharp as a Tack: Keeping Your Brain Young,” at the Pardee Health Education Center on Thu., Nov. 4, from 3 until 4:30 p.m.  It was once believed that as we aged, the brain’s networks became fixed. In the past two decades, however, an enormous amount of research has revealed that the brain never stops changing and adjusting.  Butler will discuss the concept of brain plasticity and how to use this method to help prevent cognitive decline.  Strategies to boost brain power will also be revealed.  Brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, is the lifelong ability of the brain to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences. As we learn, we acquire new knowledge and skills through instruction or experience. In order to learn or memorize a fact or skill, there must be persistent functional changes in the brain that represent the new knowledge.  Time for questions and answers will be included in the presentation.  Registration for this free presentation is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355). -CJP

Posted in: Pardee

Land O’ Sky Garden Club comes together to beautify Pardee

Land O' Sky Garden Club volunteers give their time and talent to make sure Pardee Hospital looks beautiful. It is amazing the local organizations that come together to help each other out. A sincere thank you goes out to the Garden Club today. A Times-News article is here: http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20101014/ARTICLES/10141001 Founded in 1957, The Land O’ Sky Garden Club is a non-profit organization and is affiliated with the District 1 Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. and the South Atlantic Region of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.  Its mission is to foster knowledge of home gardening, decorative arrangements, and to participate in conservation and civic beautification projects. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="4" orderby="title"]

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Think Pink

Dr. Charles Martin, X-ray technologist in the radiology department at Pardee has had to watch his wife battle with breast cancer for the past 11 months.  Their touching story was featured in the "Think Pink" section of the Times-News on Wednesday, Oct. 13.  To read the full story, click here.

Posted in: Pardee

Hike to Health - This weekend

I hope you have your hiking boots ready for this weekend's Hike to Health!  I pulled my fleece out of the back of closet this weekend, and I've got my outfit all picked out.  If you haven't signed up, there is still time.  Registration will remain open until Thursday, Oct. 21.  Call 1-866-790-WELL to register.  Once you register, your tickets for admission into Chimney Rock will be mailed to you.  The fee is $15 per hiker, children 10 and under are free.  We ordered extra T-shirts so if you were unable to sign up last week, there is a chance you can still get a T-shirt when you arrive for the hike.  We will have other giveaways and snacks available as well. We look forward to seeing everyone at Hike to Health on Saturday, Oct. 23.  The hike begins at 9 a.m.  Don't forget to bring your tickets for admission into Chimney Rock - this is your ticket into the hike as well.  If you do not register in advance, you will have to pay the regular price of admission into Chimney Rock.  Hike to Health T-shirts will be for sale at the event for those who did not pre-register. Get ready, it looks like a beautiful fall weekend we have coming up and this hike is going to be an event you won't want to miss.  Check out the weather forecast below for Chimney Rock on Saturday:  Call 1-866-790-WELL to register. -L

Posted in: Wellness