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December Events

December is a busy month, but be sure to check out our events going on at Pardee and the Health Education Center.  Dr. Albers will be discussing wounds and Pardee's Comprehensive Wound Healing Center.  Come to the Center for Women's Health to join in a discussion about menopause. Interested in learning how to make your own personal health record? Jean Sitton will be at the Health Education Center showing you how. As always the Health Education will host health screenings and support groups. To register for any of our events, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355). View our calendar anytime to see other upcoming events.

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Words of thanks - Comprehensive Wound Healing Center

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center recently received several thank you notes from recent patients who received treatment at the center.  Since these patients took the time to thank the staff of the wound center, we would like to take time to share their words of thanks with the readers of our blog. "Dear Wound Healing staff: Yes, yes, thank you all for your dedicated care and support. You are all the best. I am so thankful to have been in your skillful hands. Bless you all and may the new season be kind to you all." - Joyce Maile and Jaye Peterson "Thank you, Wound Center. To all the nurses and support staff for taking such good care of me. A special thanks to Dr. Albers and Anne Campbell for the extra attention to my health and well-being. You are all greatly appreciated. Best wishes in the future growth of your department." - Katherine Fox "Dr. Jones and Wound care staff: I just wanted to thank you so very much for the care you provided my mother. She has been dealing off and on with open sores on her leg for nearly two years. The miraculous treatment you provided healed her antibiotic resistant infection, and her sores are closed. I feel so thankful that there is a treatment out there for her should this occur again. Again, thank you all for most likely saving my mother's leg!" - Sandy Camp 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. If you have a wound that has not responded to treatment, contact the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee by calling (828) 696-4284.

Posted in: Pardee

Cafeteria Project - Temporary Hallway Closure

Starting  Nov. 24 and going through to Dec. 16, temporary construction walls will be in place between the Orthopedic Unit airlock and Patient Tower Elevators B on Ground Floor. Please avoid using Elevators B to access Ground Floor, and instead exit on Lower Level during this time.

Posted in: Renovations

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).

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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