Q & A about the new Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee with Charles Albers, M.D., FACSQ: What is a Wound Healing Center?
A: The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee is an outpatient treatment center that provides the most up-to-date approaches in the science of wound care by highly-trained staff. Coping with chronic, non-healing wounds can be both frustrating and time-consuming, but now expert care is available to help improve healing and your quality of life.
Q: What happens during a visit?
A: You will be seen by either myself or Dr. Mike Jones, and by our talented nursing staff. Because every patient’s wound is unique, you will have a thorough diagnostic exam to determine the type of wound you have and its underlying causes.
A treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs will be started. Our staff will set up regular appointments for your visits to the Center and give you all of the information you need to take care of your wound at home between visits.
Q: I’ve heard the Center will have hyperbaric oxygen therapy in early 2011. What is this?
A: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a simple but effective treatment in which you breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The therapy quickly and safely delivers high concentrations of oxygen to your bloodstream, which helps increase your body’s own natural wound-healing abilities.
Q: What is it like inside one of the chambers?
A: Our hyperbaric chambers have clear sides, through which you can see your surroundings, including the medical staff that will be nearby throughout your treatment. With the chambers located in a comfortable treatment room, equipped with a TV and videos, many people use their therapy time in the chamber to relax and enjoy themselves.
Q: Can my current doctor be involved?
A: Yes. The treatment you receive at the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center is designed to complement the care your own physician provides, ensuring that your health care team is always working together to provide treatment that’s right for you. Your physician participates in developing your treatment plan and is kept informed of your progress every step of the way.
Q: How can I learn more?
A: Please feel free to contact us at 696-4284.
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The Closing Ceremony for Pardee Hospital's Choice Campaign was celebrated on September 22. The event began with a procession of campaign leadership – Department Team Captains and members of the Pardee Choice Steering Committee. Myra Grant, VP Community Accountability and Philanthropy, welcomed everyone and expressed how gifts to the Pardee Foundation make a difference to patients and staff by providing new equipment, funding renovations, and financially assisting charity care patients. Executive Director of United Way of Henderson County, Ruth Birge, talked about how United Way helps residents of this community in regards to income, health, education and rebuilding lives.
Finally, Kris Hoce, President/CEO, congratulated Pardee associates on a successful campaign and commended the over 630 employees who participated. Hoce said, “We have an active culture of giving at Pardee Hospital. Each day our associates give their time and talents to patients, and are dedicated to delivering the highest quality healthcare to our community.” He announced the employee giving to date combined with corporate gifts totals over $145,000 and is still climbing.
Pardee Hospital associates really met the challenge of being the Pacesetter Campaign for the United Way and set a great example of giving for the entire county.
Pardee Hospital will host a community blood drive on Fri., Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. Appointments are required by calling (828) 692-4600. 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.
Suzanne Hall, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with Appalachian Orthopaedics, will offer a free presentation on how shoulders work, techniques to avoid injury and the latest treatment options. The presentation will be held at the Pardee Health Education Center on Wed., Oct. 6 at from 1 until 2:30 p.m. During her presentation, Dr. Hall will discuss shoulder physiology and help attendees recognize red flags that indicate the need for immediate shoulder evaluation. She will also offer time for questions after the presentation. Registration is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355).