Pardee Hospital Foundation named Dorothy (Dot) Marlow, as its 2010 Healthcare Philanthropist of the Year at the annual donor recognition and cultivation event held at Rainbow Row in Flat Rock on June 3. Pardee Foundation’s board of directors presents this award each year to a member of the community that has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee Hospital, the Pardee Foundation and for the improvement of the community’s health care. The recipient acts as an advocate for philanthropy and perpetuates giving within the community. Past winners of this award include Marcia Caserio, L. Howard Carl, Jr., Bob and Doris Eklund, Colin Thomas, M.D., Grace Vineyard, and Phillip Sellers, M.D. The award was presented to Marlow by Dr. Sellers. In selecting this year’s award recipient previous winners of the award recognized Marlow’s long-time dedication to Pardee Hospital and Pardee Foundation, Pardee’s Chaplaincy program as well as numerous other organizations in Henderson County. Marlow’s selfless determination and proven leadership has been demonstrated in multiple settings. Her achievements include 2006 recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award from the WNC Association of Fundraising Professionals and 2005 recipient of the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s Sauer Award. For over 25 years Marlow has served as board member of Pardee’s Chaplaincy program, and a board member of Pardee Hospital and Pardee Foundation. Marlow led the effort as chair of Pardee’s public relations board helping to complete the history of Pardee Hospital book entitled, “Generations of Excellence” which was authored by Louise Bailey. Marlow was the first female board chair of the Community Foundation of Henderson County, president of the United Way campaign, fundraising chair for a community campaign for Vocational Solutions, leader in Pardee’s $5 million emergency department fundraising campaign, and Hendersonville United Methodist Church fundraising campaign. “Not the least of her involvements has included the teaching of the Alma Lee Chevis Sunday School class at the First Methodist Church for many years. She has perpetuated her strong faith in her many interactions with organizations. Her positive work has benefitted so many,” remarked Sellers. Pardee Foundation’s annual donor recognition event is held as a way of thanking the donors of the Generations of Excellence Society. Members of this society donate $1,000 or more to Pardee each year to enhance the services provided by the hospital. The event was supported through sponsorships from Pardee Hospital Foundation, Carolina First Bank, Edward Jones-Ryan Harman and lead sponsor, ParsecFinancial. Additional contributions were made by Boyd Automotive, The Fresh Market, Flat Rock Village Hall, Singleton Centre, and Michaelian Home.
[gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"] Chef Chris Smith, author of the Diabetic Chef’s Year Round Cookbook along with Cooking with The Diabetic Chef, both 1ed by the American Diabetes Association, will be coming to the Pardee Health Education Center for a cooking demo on Friday, June 4 from 2 until 4 p.m. Chris has over 20 years experience in the culinary field. Focusing on healthy cuisine, Chris is an authority on diabetic nutrition and food preparation. He has been featured in USA Today, CNN, Web MD, and Southern Living magazines. National television appearances include DLIFE and Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Currently, Chris is working as a researcher with Wake Forest University, in the development of lifestyle skills and applications. “Cooking with Chef Chris” public radio program is currently in production. He is the Chef for Team Type I as they compete in the 2010 RAAM Race or “Race across America.” Chris also rides and is currently training for the JDRF “Ride to Cure Diabetes” in Death Valley, CA held this fall. Chris Smith is a nationally recognized author, public speaker and spokesperson for all people affected with diabetes. He travels the country speaking on the benefits of healthy eating not only for people affected with diabetes, but for anyone who would like to eat and live a healthy lifestyle. Signed copies of Chris' latest cookbook will be for sale at the event for $20. Pre-registration for the cooking presentation at the Pardee Health Education Center is required. To register call 1 (866) 790-WELL or (828) 692-4600. -L
Centering Pregnancy is a model of prenatal care in groups that is changing the way people think about obstetrical care. The model has three components: health care assessment, education, and support. It’s provided in a group facilitated by a credentialed healthcare provider and a co-facilitator. Instead of traditional visits one-to-one with a physician or midwife, a small group of pregnant women and their provider come together on a regular basis for their prenatal visit in a group setting. Women enter centering groups after three months of pregnancy, when initial lab tests and pelvic exams have been completed. By the time they are ready to deliver, they know everyone in their group like old friends. Many times they continue to get together even after their babies are born. "Pregnant women wonder if the changes going on in their body are normal and want information about how to stay healthy. It’s hard to address everything in the typical fifteen minute appointment. Women also need to connect with other women going through pregnancy, to learn from each other," says Vicki Fleury, MSN, CNM, and co-facilitator of the groups. “Centering is the perfect place to do that since we have two hours together each month."