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Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center to host community blood drive

Pardee Hospital will host a community blood drive on Thursday, July 29 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center, located at 212-B Thompson Street near Epic Theatres.  Appointments are required by calling (828) 698-6774 or online at RedCrossBlood.org and enter code 150811.  All donors are entered for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. In order to donate blood, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and not have donated blood in the past 56 days.  Walk-in donors will be accepted, but those with appointments will be seen first.  Remember to bring a photo I.D. The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, offers physical, occupational and speech therapy and rehabilitation services, along with cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and the area’s only diabetes education program accredited by the American Diabetes Association. The center also offers a state-of-the-art wellness gym and weekly group fitness classes that are both available to the public.

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Stroup receives certification in ergonomics

[caption id="attachment_1032" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Erin Stroup, MS, OTR/L, CEES"][/caption] Erin Stroup, MS, OTR/L, CEES, an occupational therapist at Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center, recently obtained the Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist (CEES) certification through the Matheson System.
“Erin’s ergonomic certification allows our department to offer proven results to local companies on reduction of injuries and thus savings on worker’s compensation.  Which in turn leads to higher employee satisfaction and longevity in the workplace,” said Tim Auwarter, director of rehab services at Pardee. “Erin’s skills and expertise have already been extremely helpful within Pardee, as she has provided input of proper chairs and workstations to help reduce stress and strain on our associates.” Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center has extended these services provided by Stroup to employees in Henderson County through the Industrial Rehab Program.  The program provides local business with in-depth ergonomic evaluations and education on injury prevention through one-on-one and group sessions. Local physicians are encouraged to refer individuals who have been injured on the job or who are at risk of re-injury due to job demands for an ergonomic evaluation.  If you have any questions regarding these services, please contact Erin Stroup, at (828) 698-6774.

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Dr. Elizabeth Saft joins Pardee Etowah practice

Pardee Hospital is proud to announce that Elizabeth Saft, D.O., has recently joined the medical staff of Hendersonville Family Health Center in Etowah located at 6503 Brevard Road. She is currently accepting new patients.  Dr. Saft has a master’s degree in genetics and received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. She recently graduated from the Hendersonville MAHEC Family Residency Program. Dr. Saft has special interests in obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and women’s health. Dr. Saft lives in the area with her husband and son. She is an avid hiker and runner. She was the first place female finisher in last year’s Apple Festival 8K Race in Hendersonville. “I am very excited to be starting at Hendersonville Family Health Center’s Etowah location. I look forward to becoming more involved and active in the Etowah community and hope to provide many years of quality medical care,” according to Saft. -CJP

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Pardee offers free physician presentations in July

During the month of July, Pardee Hospital will be offering three free physician presentations to the community. John Hicks, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, will present Cervical Spine Issues on Wed., July 7, from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. He will discuss the physiology of the upper spine, common causes of pain and treatment options. Amal Das, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Hendersonville Orthopaedic Associates, will offer the presentation Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement on Fri., July 9, from 2 until 3:30 p.m. He will explain knee anatomy and the unicompartmental method for knee replacement, including mobile bearing. Morris Maizels, M.D., a family physician who is board certified in headache medicine, with Blue Ridge Headache Center, will present Anxiety and Depression, on Wed., July 14, from 1 until 2 p.m. He will discuss how anxiety and depression affects your health. Both medication and non-medication treatment options will be presented. All three presentations will be held at the Pardee Health Education Center located in the Blue Ridge Mali. Registration is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355). -CJP

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Pardee Hires Chief Medical Officer

Pardee is pleased to announce that Robert T. Kiskaddon, M.D., has accepted the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO).  Dr. Kiskaddon joins Pardee on Monday, July 5.  With the advent of national healthcare reform and the continued movement to align physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, Dr. Kiskaddon, as CMO, will provide key leadership in ensuring that Pardee continues to strengthen our clinical programs and services, and in more fully integrating physicians into the strategic planning and decision-making processes.  He will facilitate collaboration with medical staff leaders, and conduct supervising of privileging, credentialing and peer review activities.  Dr. Kiskaddon will also act as a liaison between medical staff officers and administration.  Dr. Kiskaddon previously held the role of Medical Director of the Carle Foundation Physician Services in Urbana, Ill.  He has worked in healthcare management since 1980 while also serving in leadership roles in emergency medicine.  At Pardee, Dr. Kiskaddon also plans to work with Hendersonville Emergency Consultants providing services in emergency medicine on a limited basis.  A search committee chaired by Dr. Stuart Glassman, and including Drs. Ken Shelton, Kevan Hansel, Jim Horwitz, and Ron Moffitt spent months researching and interviewing candidates before selecting Kiskaddon. Dr. Kiskaddon is married and has one grown son.  His interests include Celtic music, playing Scottish and Irish bagpipes, and cross country motorcycling. -CJP

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