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Don't Miss Our First Spirit of Women Seminar of 2015 "Connect - Digestive Health"

Did you know that digestive diseases affect about 70 million Americans?

At Pardee's Connect: Digestive Health Seminar you will learn about some of these digestive diseases, and what you can do to prevent them.


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Pardee Spirit of Women Presents: Connecting the Dots

Pardee Spirit of Women Program Presents:

"Connecting the Dots: Your Digestive System and Feeling Healthy"

The Pardee Spirit of Women Program will host, "Connecting the Dots: Your Digestive System and Feeling Healthy" on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pardee Signature Care Center.

Internist, Daniel Grace, M.D., from Pardee Fletcher Medical Associates, will discuss how the digestive system works, what organs play a role in digestion, and what to do when the digestive system is not functioning at its best. Information will be provided specifically on such topics as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and gallstones. Laurie Steenwyk, a clinical dietician at Pardee, will provide insights on the role that diet plays in digestive health. Pardee pharmacist, Don Schoeff, will talk about medications available for addressing digestive problems.

Register by calling the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600 or online at pardeesignaturecare.org. Refreshments will be available at the event.

Pardee is proud to be a Spirit of Women hospital – a network of hospitals and health care systems across the nation that inspire healthy lifestyle choices for women and their families. Pardee's Spirit of Women seminars, screenings and events will empower women to address and improve the health issues that affect them each day. Be a part of the movement and help us inspire the mothers, wives, sisters and friends in our community to take action and lead a healthy lifestyle.

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Pardee Hospital Auxiliary Celebrates Volunteers

The Pardee Hospital Auxiliary recently held a celebration dinner for all of those who volunteer at the hospital. The event provided special recognition to four individuals who have volunteered over 9,000 hours to the hospital. Ruth Tillman with over 9,000 hours, Myrl Jean Hughes with over 11,000 hours, William "Skip" Alison with over 12,000 hours and Betty Alison has surpassed an amazing 14,000 hours. A number of volunteers have contributed time and resources to the hospital for over 20 years, including Sandy Wagner who began her service in 1971.

Parker Roberts, President of the Pardee Hospital Auxiliary, saluted the more than 200 members of the Auxiliary who volunteered a total of 25,894 hours of service to Pardee Hospital during the past year. He stated that, "according to federal guidelines the value of these hours equates to $480,324, but the greater value is the warm and friendly assistance rendered to the thousands of patients and visitors who come to the hospital every year."

The Auxillary work in a variety of areas and services that include but are not limited to the Information Desk, Transporter, the Garden Café, Out-patient Lab, Courier Service, Newspaper Service, and Wellness and Rehabilitation. These volunteers not only support patients and visitors, but also provide critical support to staff members.

Each year the hospital recognizes the work of the Auxiliary with the Annual Awards Dinner and a Spring luncheon, celebrating National Volunteer Week. Positions available for the Auxiliary vary, and can provide opportunities for qualified individuals with all types of previous employment experience. As Pardee continues to expand and grow, it continues to need additional volunteers, and is accepting applications for various volunteer positions. For more information, please call Karla Reese, Auxiliary Services Manager at 696-4240.


Pardee Hospital Auxiliary Service Hour Awards

500 Hours

Marsh Blunt

Vicki Caldwell

Mary Edgerton

David Litogot

Judy Roberts

Carol Schneck

Phyllis Sheldon

Patty Synder

Robert Walrath

1,000 Hours

Marida Buell

Chris Eppeneder

John Knapp

Steve Lysiak

Sarah Markham

Norma Pryor

Marion Rickert

Bill Rutten

Richard Todd

Phyllis Vogt

Patricia Whiteside

2,000 Hours

Carlyn Elliott

Glenn Forsythe

Parker Roberts

3,000 Hours

Nancy Clement

Roz Harris

John Mitchell

Evelyn Renda

Jane Rose

Debbie Rutten

4,000 Hours

Patti Jane Dutcher

9,000 Hours

Ruth Tillman

11,000 Hours

Myrl Jean Hughes

12,000 Hours

William (Skip) Alison

14,000 Hours

Betty J. Alison

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Pardee Protects Patients From the Flu

Pardee Hospital has enforced the Visitor Restriction Policy which limits hospital patient's visitation to immediate family only and no one under 18 years of age.

"The health of our patients and the community are the highest concern of Pardee Hospital. Our policies and actions are designed to protect those at greatest risk during the flu season. There is an increase in reported influenza-like illnesses throughout North Carolina. The number of cases showing influenza like symptoms has surpassed the safe levels set by the North Carolina Public Health Division. As a result Pardee has implemented flu restrictions as of Friday, December 5. Early data suggests the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe, and Pardee Hospital's flu-restrictions will provide a safe environment for our patients and team members" stated Andrea Whitmire, Infection Prevetionist for Pardee Hospital.

This policy was put in action based off new information released from the Center of Disease Control (CDC). The restriction will remain in effect infection rates drop below the critical levels within the region.

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Healthy Holidays to All

LU4L Final


Pardee Signature Care and Lighten Up 4 Life are here to help you make healthy decisions this holiday season. Maureen, with LightenUp4Life, how can we get through the holidays without gaining weight?

Maintain, don't gain this Holiday Season. What does this mean? And how? Not to worry, Lighten Up 4 Life is here to help you. We have tips, skills to share and ideas that can help you steer through the holidays without adding on extra pounds.

  1. Challenge yourself to maintain your weight this season. Don't let the holidays rule you; you're in charge!
  2. Plan ahead. Choose your recipes ahead of time, create a shopping list, and don't be tempted to purchase those delicious holiday cookies in the checkout lane. The more you plan, the better prepared you will be to say no to tempting treats. I've shared some of my favorite recipes on the LightenUp4LIfe Pinterest Page.
  3. Don't forget to exercise. By squeezing in 30-minute workouts each week, you shouldn't have to worry about squeezing into your jeans after the holidays are over.
  4. And this is important, don't forget to laugh a little along the way. When the cookies burn, Aunt Minnie's gravy turns lumpy, and your cat just ate all the tinsel on the tree, just remember, you still have much to be thankful for this holiday season.


Sarah, with Pardee Signature Care Center, how do we control emotions and save on 'mindlessly eating' those extra calories?

As part of the Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Season, it's important to remember that during this time we may experience an overabundance of emotions. We love the decorations, the food and the warmth of close friends and family. However, the season takes on a different outlook when we feel like we are being pulled in a million directions. We may worry because our house we cleaned for 5 hours is now becoming a mess, our family is in a heated discussion, and the children are screaming in the background. Yes. We are overjoyed on the outside, but sometimes we can have a flood of emotions washing over us internally. When you're stressed, tired and emotional, it's easy to overeat. How can we get through the holiday season without consuming those extra calories.

  1. Take a break. By taking a 5-minute break, you can focus on breathing, and focused breathing can reduce blood pressure and anxiety.
  2. Don't sweat the small stuff. So what if your living room did not get painted before your family arrived. Focus on the important things. I loved what Maureen said earlier about taking time to laugh at the small worries that seem to consume us and focus on what really matters.
  3. Avoid mindless eating. Mindless eating happens when we intend on eating a handful of chips, we get busy, and then we turn to the bag and realize more than half of the chips in the bag are gone. Avoid falling in to this trap by drinking plenty of water and being aware of your portions. Instead of laying the chip bag on the counter, remove the amount that is listed on the serving size. This way, you can track your calories, and snack guilt free.

Remember, Lighten Up 4 Life and Pardee Signature Care is here to help you through the holidays by helping you find a healthy balance between eating, exercise and stress reduction. As we said above, we love to laugh, so please share stories with us on your holiday mishaps, and some helpful things you learned along the way to stay healthy through the holidays.


Our first LightenUp4Life Challenge is coming up in January, so grab some friends and register today. Our free online tools and newsletters can teach you how to make healthier choices for you and your family.

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