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Mission and Pardee Announce Collaboration to Expand Healthcare Services

Mission Hospital and Pardee Hospital are collaborating on plans for a patient-focused, outpatient-oriented health campus which will improve access, quality and availability of cost-effective healthcare services to residents of south Buncombe and north Henderson counties. “Mission and Pardee have a very successful history of working together to advance quality healthcare and effectively serve our region. We’ve heard from residents and physicians in the south Buncombe and north Henderson area and after considerable collaborative planning, we are pleased to announce this exciting project that supports our common mission of enhancing healthcare in the region,” said Kris Hoce, President and CEO of Pardee Hospital. The proposed location for the collaborative health campus is along Hendersonville Rd., in the town of Fletcher, on the Buncombe County and Henderson County line. The project is currently being planned as a two-level, approximately 130,000 square foot building. In addition to wellness and prevention programs, proposed services include imaging, surgery, emergency, rehabilitation, pharmacy, lab, and physician offices. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2011. “This health campus, which continues to evolve, is being designed by locally-based, community-owned hospitals to meet the specific healthcare needs of this growing area. When it is complete, it will provide high quality and convenient “one-stop” service for outpatient healthcare needs. There will not be a health facility like it in western N.C., which makes the project even more exciting. Health and wellness programs will be an important part of our health campus, making it an excellent complement to the proposed Heart of Fletcher initiative that will include public spaces, such as greenways and parks, that promote healthy activities such as walking, running and cycling,” Hoce added. “As we continue to refine plans, we are working with physicians who practice at our hospitals to create an outpatient environment that will enhance our focus on quality,” said Carleton Rider, Interim President and CEO of Mission Health System. “For the past two years both hospitals have been recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Dartmouth Health Atlas for providing high quality, low cost healthcare services to our region.  Bringing needed services closer to the people of these communities is part of our commitment to increase access to care and improve the health of our region.” The project will also bring an economic boost to Fletcher, Rider noted. “While the scope of the project is still being finalized, early indications are that the project will create between 150 and 200 construction jobs. Once completed, there will be jobs created at this location that don’t currently exist, creating a ripple effect over time,” Rider said. Mission Hospital, a 730-bed community-owned not-for-profit hospital founded in 1885, is part of Mission Health System. In addition to serving as the community hospital for Buncombe and Madison counties, Mission Hospital also provides tertiary care for western N.C.’s 18 counties. Pardee Hospital is the only hospital owned by the residents of Henderson County. Founded in 1953, it is a not-for-profit hospital licensed for 222 acute care beds and is the second largest employer in Henderson County. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus, including an adult day services center, a health education center in the Blue Ridge Mall, home care services, a rehab and wellness center, various physician practices, and an urgent care facility.

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Pardee announces new board member

Pardee Hospital recently announced the addition of Jack Summey to its Board of Directors. Summey is a local business owner and mechanical contractor, incorporating his business Summey Plumbing & Heating, Inc. in 1975. He is a charter member and past director of the Hendersonville Home Builders Association, and a charter member and past president of the Henderson County Mechanical and Electrical Association. Summey is a governor appointee and past chairman of the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors as well as a past board member of the Hendersonville Country Club and Mills River appointee to the Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee. Summey resides in Henderson County with his wife, Penny. He is the proud father of two daughters and has four grandchildren in Dallas and Grand Prairie, Texas.

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Pardee Lifeline offering free installations for the month of July

Pardee Lifeline, a system that summons help immediately at the touch of a button, is offering free installations during the month of July.  This is a savings of $52.50. The service is ideal for those with high-risk medical conditions, chronic illnesses or individuals with limited mobility.  Lifeline offers other services as well, such as a speakerphone function allowing individuals to answer the telephone without using a handheld receiver and the ability to leave reminders of important things to do throughout the day.  Lifeline recently launched the new AutoAlert button featuring the only pendant-style help button that can automatically call for help if a fall is detected and a senior is unable to push his or her help button.  According to an internal laboratory study of simulated falls, Lifeline with AutoAlert detected 95 percent of many types of falls and had a low rate of false alarms. Lifeline operators are available to answer questions or provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Lifeline also retains pertinent health history and information on who to contact in the case of an emergency, when an individual is unable to provide this information. “Lifeline’s personal medical alert service and equipment options make it easy to select the safety and convenience features that work best for you and your family,” said Ron Comeens, Lifeline coordinator for Pardee Hospital.  Subscription to this service is available for a low monthly fee, based on the types of options selected.  For more information about this free installation offer, call 1-800-242-1306, x4748.

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Smokehouse Soiree

The Pardee Foundation hosted their annual donor recognition and cultivation event at Rainbow Row in Flat Rock on June 3. Check out the photos from the event posted below and click here to view the blog featuring the 2010 Healthcare Philanthropist of the year recipient, Dot Marlow. The donor recognition event is held as a way of thanking the donors of the Generations of Excellence Society. Members of this society donate $1,000 or more to Pardee each year to enhance the services provided by the hospital. The event was supported through sponsorships from Pardee Hospital Foundation, Carolina First Bank, Edward Jones-Ryan Harman and lead sponsor, ParsecFinancial. Additional contributions were made by Boyd Automotive, The Fresh Market, Flat Rock Village Hall, Singleton Centre, and Michaelian Home. Thank you to all of our donors, event volunteers, staff, board members, and sponsors for their support and making this event a huge success.[gallery link="file" order="DESC"]

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Hike to Health

[gallery link="file"] Thank you to all of our participants, volunteers, and sponsors for making Hike to Health a huge success with an excellent turnout of over 100 hikers. This past Saturday, Pardee hosted Hike to Health at DuPont State Forest. The community wellness event was very well received and participants were able to enjoy wonderful weather and a fun morning exercise. Participants hiked a total of three miles from Guion Farms to Wintergreen Falls. Adults, kids, and family pets came out to enjoy the great outdoors and hike to the beautiful Wintergreen Falls. Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday! We hope to see you again next year. A BIG thank you to our sponsors as well for their support of Hike to Health.  Sponsors of this year's hike included: Lighten Up 4 Life, Mission Children's Hospital, Mission Foundation, Morris Broadband, Mountain Radiation Oncology, Ken Shelton, M.D., Pepsi-Cola, WTZQ, Jongo Java, Hendersonville Community Co-Op, Immaculate Baking, FootRX and REI. Check out our photos from Hike to Health and send us your photos if you came out to the event. We would love to see them! Photos can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -L

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