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Sixty Second Parent - The importance of reading aloud

Learn why reading aloud is so important to young children's learning. One of the most important skills a parent can teach a child is how to communicate -- how to speak, listen and read. This clip includes practical tips for reading at home.

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Pardee bear well on its way

Constance Vlahoulis, owner of "The Conn-Artist" Studios and Art Gallery in Hendersonville, has started painting the Pardee Hospital bear in her studio. The bear, which will be put on display in downtown Hendersonville during the eighth annual public art display, Bearfootin' 2010, can be seen in the window of Connie's studio as she paints and designs the artwork for this year's bear. This year will mark the sixth year that bears will be used in the display, after using goats and apples for the past couple of years. Once completed, the Pardee bear and other bears from local businesses, will be showcased on the streets of downtown. The exhibit will open in April and run through October 2010. Be sure to stop by Connie's studio at 611 Greenville Hwy. in Atha Plaza to check out the progress of the bear. To view more photos of the bear click here. -L

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Pardee Welcomes Dr. Carol Copenhaver

[caption id="attachment_401" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Carol Copenhaver, M.D."][/caption] Pardee Hospital is proud to announce that Carol Copenhaver, M.D., M.S.P.H., has recently joined its medical staff, and is currently accepting new patients at Pardee Mills River Family Health Center located at 9 Crossroad Drive in Mills River, N.C.  Dr. Copenhaver received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine also in Chapel Hill.  She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Rochester’s Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.  Dr. Copenhaver also received her master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Prior to moving to North Carolina, she was in private practice with a family medicine group in Allentown, Pa. Dr. Copenhaver is a board certified family practice physician and joins the long-established practice of Bob Webb, M.D. and William A. Hull, PA.  She lives in the area with her husband, Chris Copenhaver, an allergist with Allergy Partners, and their three children.  She is excited to take advantage of the mountains and enjoys running, hiking and camping. “I enjoy family medicine because I like to focus on keeping people as healthy as possible,” said Copenhaver.  “I look forward to getting to know families from the youngest to oldest members, hearing their stories and sharing in their successes as well as their setbacks.” -CJP

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Pardee is a Relay for Life Platinum Level Donor

[caption id="attachment_395" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Michael McDuffie presents Kris Hoce with the Relay for Life plaque along side Rita Antonelli, Karla Ketwitz and Andrea Neumeyer."][/caption] The American Cancer Society Relay for Life awarded Pardee Hospital with a plaque for raising over $31,500 for the year 2009. Michael McDuffie, who works with nutrition services, presented the award to Kris Hoce, CEO.  Michael was the top donor for Pardee in 2009, raising over $4,000 for Relay for Life. Rita Antonelli, revenue cycle/budget manager, was the second highest donor. Pardee was considered a platinum level donor. The grand total collected by Henderson County was $201,000. Pardee Hospital made up 16% of the total money raised in the county and was the top team for the entire county. For more information about Relay for Life and how you can get involved with fundraising, click here.  -L

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Pardee offers Centering Pregnancy, prenatal care in groups

Pardee is offering women the option to participate in a new type of prenatal care called Centering Pregnancy, funded by a community grant from the March of Dimes. Centering Pregnancy features prenatal care provided in a group of six to ten women whose babies are due around the same time. Centering has been promoted by the March of Dimes as a healthier way to provide prenatal care. Women enter the groups after their new OB physical exam, usually between 12-22 weeks. New groups form every other month. Special groups are available for young moms (under 22 years of age) and Spanish-speaking women. Each group session has an overall plan. Meetings start with a short, individual checkup that will include measuring growth, listening to the baby’s heart, assessing for problems and a blood pressure check. Interactive discussions are held about typical problems in pregnancy and how to cope with them. Nutrition, exercise, signs of prematurity and preventing postpartum depression are common topics of discussion. Refreshments are provided. Research shows that Centering Pregnancy has very high satisfaction rates and improved outcomes. For information about how to sign up for Centering Pregnancy, or to find a physician or midwife, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355).

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