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.
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.
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.
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.
The community is invited to a Lunch and Learn workshop entitles "Coping with Cancer During the Holidays," from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, December 12, at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 North Justice Street in Hendersonville.
Presenter, Justin Yopp, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with the North Carolina Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry and the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. He provides clinical services to children, adolescents and adults with cancer or affected by cancer.
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 or to register, please call (828) 696-1341. Seating is limited and registration is requested by 4:30 p.m. on December 9.
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 Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.
Help Pardee raise awareness about diabetes by wearing blue today!
Our guest blog for November comes from our Coordinator for the Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Pardee:
This awareness day was created in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation to bring attention to the rising rate of diabetes worldwide, and to keep the issues and concerns of people living and dealing with diabetes in the spotlight. The theme for World Diabetes Day is "Healthy Living and Diabetes."
November 14 was the celebration date chosen, in memory of the birthday of Frederick Banting, one of the pioneers in insulin research, and of his discovery of insulin in 1921. Today, more than 382 million people worldwide have diabetes. The United States ranks 3rd in the world for number of people with diabetes – only India and China surpass us.
Are you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes? Take our free virtual screening to find out.
Want to learn more about diabetes? Check out Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.
We had a great turnout at our final Spirit of Women seminar for 2014 - Spain: Your Adventure Against Diabetes.
Those who attended did not only learn how to manage and prevent diabetes, but they also enjoyed a taste of Spanish cuisine, compliments of Ingles Markets. Our engaging speakers for the night included Nina Lovern from Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, Erin Calloway from YMCA of Western North Carolina and Jason Lasuzzo from Pardee Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness.
The YMCA also led everyone in light exercises, followed by Q&A with Pardee and YMCA services.
This was a great way to wrap up our 2014 Spirit of Women series, and we're excited to release our 2015 event and seminar schedule soon.