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Local physician to discuss chronic kidney disease

Winfield Word-Sims, M.D., a physician with Mountain Kidney & Hypertension  Associates, will address the prevalence of end-stage kidney disease, how it is treated and the outcomes of treatment in a free presentation at the Pardee Health Education Center on Mon., Oct. 18, from 3 until 4:30 p.m. Chronic kidney disease occurs when one suffers from gradual and usually permanent loss of kidney function over time. Another name for kidney failure is renal failure.  Mild kidney disease is often called renal insufficiency. During the presentation, Dr. Word-Sims will cover chronic kidney disease - how it is staged, what effects it has and how it is treated. He will offer time for questions after the presentation.  Registration is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355).  -CJP

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Extended Family - a letter in Times-News

We saw this in the Times-News and we wanted to share it with you. Once you click the link, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the beginning of the letter. "...In August, I had to be transported and hospitalized for pneumonia and COPD at Pardee Hospital. God only knows that being homeless and without insurance can be a big factor in what health care is obtainable to us. On the night of Aug. 3..."

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Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

Our very own Alan House, CFO of Pardee Hospital, participated in the second annual Henderson County’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” reality-show based competition last night. The event was a fundraiser for the School Health Program run by Blue Ridge Community Health Services. House was said to be riot and showed off his dancing skills—which added success to the fun and exciting event. Read more about the event. See more Times - News pictures of the event

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Dr. Lewis - Selective Nerve Root Block

I spent the morning watching Dr. Lewis conduct a selective nerve root block in the Pardee Pain Center. The center provides treatment for chronic pain and diseases of the spine. The Pain Center offers a variety of treatment options for chronic pain and diseases of the spine including x-ray guided diagnostic and therapeutic injections, medical management, facet, sacroiliac and nerve root blocks, spinal cord stimulation and opioid management. The procedure I saw, went quickly so I took some photos of the technology used to aid in the procedure. This link will give you some insight to what a nerve block is as well. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="4" orderby="title"]

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