Kenmure Fights Cancer donates more than $31,000 to local cancer programs
Hendersonville, N.C. (December 5, 2013) – Kenmure Fights Cancer of Flat Rock donated more than $31,000 to Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital on October 16 at a luncheon held at Kenmure Country Club. Each hospital received a check for $15,662 specifically designated to support their respective cancer programs.
In five years, Kenmure Fights Cancer has donated $145,668 to Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital. Beginning in January of each year, the Kenmure Fights Cancer committee hosts a series of fundraising events and activities targeting a wide variety of interests. The culmination is a golf tournament, dinner and silent auction in late May.
With the help of Kenmure Fights Cancer, in recent years, Pardee has been able to upgrade digital mammography equipment to state-of-the-art at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center, purchase patient tracking software for the cancer center, and purchase blanket warmers which add to the comfort of patients daily. In 2013, Kenmure Fights Cancer gifts have been used to purchase a high-definition, flexible video nasoscope which will be used to examine the nasal passages and voicebox to evaluate for cancers and follow up after treatment. This device has the added capability of recording high-definition still or video images to share with patients or other medical personnel, bringing to Henderson County an innovative diagnostic tool.
At Park Ridge Health, recent contributions from Kenmure Fights Cancer helped provide an electronic door opener at Park Ridge Health's Oncology & Infusion Center for enhanced wheelchair access, and technology to aid in locating patients' veins for more comfortable treatment. This year, Kenmure Fights Cancer's contributions are allocated toward the purchase of a stereotactic breast biopsy unit. Stereotactic biopsy is extensively used by radiologists and breast surgeons specializing in breast imaging to obtain tissue samples containing microcalcifications, which can be an early sign of breast cancer. Patients benefit greatly from this advanced technology because it identifies the exact location of the abnormality by using a computer and X-rays taken from at least two different angles.
About Kenmure Fights Cancer:Kenmure Fights Cancer is a community-focused initiative that raises money exclusively for cancer programs offered by hospitals in the Hendersonville area. All of Kenmure Fights Cancer's contributions are earmarked specifically for equipment and technology to enhance patient care in the realm of cancer treatment. The committee's mission is to "Remember" those we have lost to cancer; "Honor" those who have survived the battle; and "Support" those who are struggling against the disease. Kenmure Fights Cancer's motto is, "Cancer Doesn't Take a Day Off."
Pardee Urgent Care, located off Four Seasons Road, will be open on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. We are here for all your minor illness or injuries all year long.
Pardee Hospital welcomes Gail Clary, M.D., and Robert Ward, M.D., to the Pardee Physician Practice Network on December 2. They will continue to take new patients and remain in their current location at 617 Sixth Avenue West, under the new name of Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee until December 26, 2013. Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee will relocate to 705-A Sixth Avenue West on December 27, 2013.
Gail Clary, M.D., is a board-certified pulmonologist with Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee. Dr. Clary received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and completed a residency and fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients that span from asthma and other pulmonary disorders, to critical care and sleep disorders. Dr. Clary is board-certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. She is also a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Christian Medical and Dental Society, North Carolina Thoracic Society, Henderson County Medical Society and the North Carolina Medical Society.
Robert Ward, M.D., is a board-certified pulmonologist with Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Ward enjoys building relationships with his patients, listening to their medical issues and partnering to find the best solution for them. Dr. Ward is board-certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, Medical Association of the State of North Carolina, American Lung Association; Western Carolina Branch and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Please speak with a primary care provider about how Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee can benefit patients. Patients may also contact Carolina Lung and Sleep directly at (828) 696-2570.
The community is invited to hear Dr. Donald Rosenstein present "Understanding Depression in Individuals with Cancer," a Lunch and Learn workshop, from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at Pardee Hospital, located on 800 North Justice Street in Hendersonville.
Donald Rosenstein, M.D., is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, Director of the Division of Hospital Psychiatry and the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently Director of the LiveSTRONG Center of Excellence for Cancer Survivorship at UNC. Dr. Rosenstein came to UNC in 2009 after an 18 year career at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where he held several leadership positions including NIMH Clinical Director, Chief of the NIH Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service and Chair of both the Clinical Center Ethics Committee and the NIMH Institutional Review Board.
This free community event will be located in the Video Conference Room on the ground floor of Pardee Hospital. Directional signs will be posted at the main entrance as well as the parking garage. A complimentary light lunch will be provided.
For more information contact (828) 696-1341. Seating is limited and registration is requested by 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee offers the latest cancer treatment technology available today while focusing on a commitment to patient-centered care. This is done by providing compassionate care for all patients and their families. Their efforts are focused on research, providing quality care close to home, education and offering cancer screenings throughout the community. The mission of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee is to support the National Cancer Institute's goal to ultimately eliminate suffering and death due to cancer in Henderson County and western North Carolina.
The UNC Cancer Network seeks to improve cancer care and support across the state of North Carolina through the integration of cancer support programs. These programs include telemedicine, patient navigation and clinical research. Our affiliation with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee allows the community to receive world class cancer care right here in Henderson County.
Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the Jamison Conference Room at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 N. Justice Street in Hendersonville.