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Today is World Diabetes Day

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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.

Nina Lovern, BSN, RN-BC, CDE



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.

Posted in: Wellness

Pardee Hosts Final Spirit of Women Seminar for 2014

We had a great turnout at our final Spirit of Women seminar for 2014 - Spain: Your Adventure Against Diabetes.

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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.

Posted in: Pardee

Spain: Your Adventure Against Diabetes

The Pardee Spirit of Women Program will host, "Spain: Your Adventure Against Diabetes" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pardee Signature Care Center.

Pardee will promote female health regarding diabetes through education regarding managing weight, lowering diabetes risk and boosting overall health. Through the application of simple choices, influenced by the culture of Spain, attendees will learn to lower chances of acquiring diabetes and lower risks of complications for individuals with the disease. Presenters include Nina Lovern, from the Perspectives Diabetes Education Program, Erin Calloway, from the YMCA of WNC, and Rachel Heath, from Pardee Rehab & Wellness. Other Pardee Services, Pardee physician offices and the YMCA will also be present and provide information at the event.

A taste of Spanish cuisine is included. Register by calling the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600.

Pardee is proud to be a Spirit of Women hospital – a network of hospitals and health care systems across the nation that inspire healthy lifestyle choices for women and their families. Pardee's Spirit of Women seminars, screenings and events will empower women to address and improve the health issues that affect them each day. Be a part of the movement and help us inspire the mothers, wives, sisters and friends in our community to take action and lead a healthy lifestyle.

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.

Posted in: News

April Monnich Recognized as 100 Great Nurses in North Carolina

April Monnich, -BC, CMSRN, Clinical Nurse III, Clinical Coordinator, PATHS, was recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina.

This extraordinary nurse was selected by her peers for her continued excellence in patient care and commitment to the nursing profession. Pardee is proud to honor April's achievement, as she is a shining example of the many Pardee nurses that make a difference everyday in the lives of their patients and the community.

April was recognized and received her award at a black tie celebration event on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. April is one of 11 nurses from the UNC Health Care system to receive this recognition.

The Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina. The organization annually acknowledges 100 North Carolina nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession, and contributes scholarships funds for registered nurse education. To learn more about the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina, please visit www.great100.org.

Posted in: News

Pardee Hospital Foundation Announced 2014 Women of Hope

Pardee Hospital Foundation announced the names of the 2014 Women of Hope award recipients at their annual Women Helping Women dinner and luncheon events held October 23 and October 24 at Kenmure Country Club. Pat Haire, Lynn Sealander Jones, and Pam Kessaris were honored as the 2014 Women of Hope.

"These three women exemplify strength, courage, and hope," says Pardee Hospital Foundation Executive Director, Kimerly Hinkelman. "Their stories have inspired and encouraged us and it is an incredible feeling to be able to honor them and to celebrate their survivorship."

Pat Haire fought two bouts of cancer; ovarian and uterine. After multiple surgeries and extensive rounds of radiation, she remained positive, active, and became an inspiration to others. As of January 2014, Pat has been cancer free for three years.

Lynn Sealander Jones is a registered nurse that has spent her entire nursing career caring for cancer patients. In 2012, she was in an automobile accident that led to the discovery of cancer in her right arm. She quickly went from administering direct care to her patients to undergoing radical surgery to remove and replace the bones in her arm. She is a cancer nurse and now a cancer survivor. According to Jones, she lives her passion and has much to celebrate now and in the future.

Pam Kessaris' life changed forever after being hit by a drunk driver and trapped inside a burning vehicle in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She underwent years of physical therapy and has had more than 20 reconstructive surgeries. Today, Pam is thriving and has become an inspiration to other burn victims.

Each Woman of Hope will have a portrait, along with their words of encouragement, displayed at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center. These portraits will join the past Woman of Hope recipients, including Marcia Caserio, the 2013 Woman of Hope.

Women Helping Women started in 1998 primarily to assist women who needed preventive services like a mammogram, or treatment for breast cancer. The program and its parameters for assistance have expanded over the years to include all women's cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other women's diseases.

For more information about the Pardee Hospital Foundation or Women Helping Women, visit pardeehospitalfoundation.org or call (828)696-4666. If you know someone in need today, have them call (828)698-7334.

Posted in: Foundation