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Thank you to our Hike to Health sponsors

Hike to Health is only 31 days away and we are getting pumped for the event date to arrive. Be sure you call 1.866.790.WELL to register today as limited space is available. The 3-mile hike will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at DuPont State Forest. We will meet at the Old Guion Farms parking lot, where registered hikers will receive their hiking back pack and T-shirt, as well as healthy refreshments including; delicious organic coffee provided by Jongo Java, snack bags from Immaculate Baking Co., and more. Outdoor activities will be provided in the open field for those who wish to participate and the kids hiking loop will be open for kids to take tours around the .37 mile trail to test their hiking skills. Hike to Health is fun for the whole family with gorgeous scenery and an unbelievable pay-off at Wintergreen Falls. Don't miss this opportunity to get outside and get active. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for this years' event for their generosity and support.

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Pardee wins gold in 2010 Aster Awards competition

Honored for excellence in advertising in the 2010 Aster Awards, Pardee Hospital, received three gold recognitions in this year’s competition. The Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc. This elite program recognizes outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts for the calendar year 2009. Pardee received gold awards for the 2009 Cancer Annual Report, the Recruitment brochure, and the Pardee Hospital Foundation newsletter, Voice.  The Aster Awards receives entries from across the United States as well as Canada and South America. Participant’s entries compete against similar-sized organizations in their category. Entries must score at least in the top 85% to receive an award. Judging criteria includes creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal. “The quality of this year’s entries went well beyond the judges’ expectations,” said Melinda R. Lucas, Aster Awards program coordinator. Pardee placed in the top 5% in the nation with the three gold level awards.

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“City Hall Chubby Boys” Winners of Pardee’s Lighten Up 4 Life Competition

[caption id="attachment_684" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="“City Hall Chubby Boys” from L to R: Bo Ferguson, Jeff Collis, Jerry Smith and Steve Caraker receive their award from Pardee Hospital’s Tim Auwarter"][/caption] City officials were surprised at their Thursday, May 6 city meeting by Pardee’s Lighten Up 4 Life “prize patrol”. The “City Hall Chubby Boys” team took top honors in the Lighten Up 4 Life competition for losing the highest percentage of weight of any team and losing a lot of extra “chub”! “Our team wanted to show our staff that we could “walk the walk”, not just “talk the talk”.  Besides, we all had some extra pounds to shed,” said W. Bowman “Bo” Ferguson, City Manager, City of Hendersonville.  “We always have a few snacks at meetings but because of Lighten Up 4 Life, we’ve changed the nature of those snacks to include new healthier options” added Ferguson.   Pardee’s own team, “Radiant Rads,” finished a respectable second. And another one of the city’s teams; “Ton of Fun”, led by David Sapp, Human Resources Officer took the third spot. It appears that the city staff is taking this competition seriously.  Lighten Up 4 Life is a community weight loss competition that has inspired many people in Western North Carolina to lose more than 49,000 pounds, with Henderson County losing over 4,200 pounds in just two – 16 week sessions. The last 16 week Lighten Up 4 Life competition began May 3, but you can get started anytime.  Family and friends can sign up and do something that will benefit you and your family for years to come – eat better, exercise more and lighten up for life. To sign up for Lighten Up 4 Life go to www.lightenup4life.com/pardee and fill out the registration form online.  For more information on Lighten Up 4 Life contact Jill Geis at 692-7754. -CJP

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Dr. Radford "puckers up" for a good cause

[gallery link="file" order="DESC"] The Relay for Life team at Hendersonville Hemotology & Oncology used their physician's to creatively help raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay coming up at the end of May. The fundraiser was set up by having buckets with each of their physician's names on them, and the doctor with the most money in their bucket at the end of the fundraiser would have to the kiss a cow brought in by one of their patients' local cow farms, Three Arrows Cattle Company, out of Flat Rock.  The idea for the fundraiser came from Dr. John K. Hill, II who finished dead last in the competition, something he was actually excited about. Dr. William D. Medina and Dr. James Radford went back and forth throughout the competition and finally Dr. Radford came out the winner by a little over $66. The lucky lady was Molly, a calf born in February, her mom, Maria, was originally the cow Dr. Radford was going to kiss, but she was scared off by his lipstick he applied prior to puckering up. Molly gladly stepped in and took a sweet kiss on her nose from Dr. Radford with his pinkish red lipstick in front of a small crowd of family, patients, and staff of the Hendersonville Hemotology & Oncology office. Dr. Radford was happy to be a part of a good cause and Molly was delighted to get off the farm for a few hours and some extra attention. -L

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Bearfootin' begins in downtown Hendersonville

[gallery link="file" order="DESC"] The Pardee bear, "The Many Paths of Wellness", as well as 12 other bears have taken over Main Street in Hendersonville. "Bearfootin' in Hendersonville 2010" is celebrating its eighth year as the premier public art exhibit in Western North Carolina. The exhibit is open now and will continue through Saturday, October 23. On this day the adorned bears will gather at the Historic Courthouse at noon for music, food, fun, and a public auction of the bears. A percentage of every winning bid will go to a local charity designated by the winning bidder. Over the past seven years, the auctions have raised over $129,387 for local Henderson County charities. The Pardee bear can be found at the corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue. We would like to extend a special thank you to artists, Constance Vlahoulis "The Conn-Artist" and her mother, Barbara Hipwell, for painting the Pardee bear for 2010. Be sure to stop by and check out each of the bears and the amazing artistry and creativity that went into the making of each of these pieces of art. You can even take a photo with your favorite bear, don't worry, they won't bite!  To view a map of the location of the bears click here. New to this years' exhibit is an online voting poll where a "People's Choice" award will be given out.  To vote for your favorite bear, click here. -L

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