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Pardee Hospital Foundation Donors are Making Their Rounds

[caption id="attachment_271" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Generations of Excellence donors tour the operating room with Eileen Stepp."][/caption] On Monday, February 8, a group of Pardee Hospital Foundation donors took part in the first ever “Making Rounds” tour of the orthopedic unit and even experienced a trip to the operating room to view a live surgery. The donors were each members of the Foundation’s Generations of Excellence Society. The tour was created as a way for Pardee Hospital Foundation donors to get a look at what goes on behind the scenes at Pardee. This tour specifically focused on the orthopedic unit where the donors in attendance where able to see equipment that their previous donations had purchased as well as learn about the needs in the current orthopedic renovation. Dr. Amal K. Das, Jr. allowed the group into his operating room for a once-in-a-lifetime sneak peek at a joint replacement surgery. Howard Carl, Jr., a member of the Pardee Hospital Foundation Finance Committee, was particularly interested in this surgery as he had previously had a similar joint replacement surgery. “One of the most amazing things to me was learning how much money was needed for all of the equipment utilized during surgery,” Carl said after seeing all of the state-of-the-art equipment used during joint replacements. Generation's donor, Stan Massie, was fascinated while watching the live surgery, “I loved it, if I could have stayed for the entire surgery, I would have.” The tour was guided by Debbie Patrick, director of development for the Pardee Hospital Foundation and Eileen Stepp, nursing director of Surgical Services. Future Making Rounds tours are planned for dates throughout this year, if you would be interested in attending, contact the Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666. 

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How Charitable are North Carolina Hospitals?

Recently, The North Carolina Justice Center released a document with information about hospital systems that deserve special recognition for providing charity care levels that exceed the cost of living for their region. Guess what hospital made this list? That's right, Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital. The executive summary is posted here. You can find the entire document here. The North Carolina Justice Center is the state's leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all.

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Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center now offering Tai Chi

[caption id="attachment_263" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="Travis Ginn"][/caption] White Crane Tai Chi will now be offered at the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, located at 212-B Thompson Street near Epic Theaters. Classes will take place each Friday from noon until 1 p.m. The cost per class is $10 with your first class being free, or $45 for a series of five classes, $80 for a series of ten classes. The ancient art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improve health. The class is designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing, stress-free environment to aid in a person’s growth physically, mentally and spiritually. The classes will be instructed by fourth degree black belt, Travis Ginn, who has more than 25 years of experience and is certified in instructing Tai Chi. The class is open for anyone to participate regardless of limitations and can be performed seated if necessary. Tai Chi is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. It teaches proper posture and breathing techniques beneficial to your health. Participants perform a series of postures and movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause, keeping your body in constant motion. For more information about White Crane Tai Chi with Travis Ginn, visit www.HoSinSoolDojang.com or for additional class information contact the Rehab and Wellness Center.

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Lose weight, feed the hungry – and be featured on Biggest Loser

Here’s a way to help yourself to a healthier weight while you help your hungry neighbors in WNC – plus getting credit on national television for your effort.  All it takes is joining the national Pound For Pound challenge, where for every pound you pledge to lose, General Mills will donate 14 cents through its Feeding America program to MANNA, the local food bank serving Western North Carolina. Your pledge will be one of hundreds to be honored during an upcoming Biggest Loser episode to be aired in March in a segment about Asheville’s support for the Pound for Pound challenge. To be filmed on Feb. 23, it will feature Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy, volunteer teams at MANNA packing food for the hungry and participants in the Lighten Up 4 Life community weight loss challenge established by Mission Hospital.  Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville and McDowell Hospital in Marion are also participating. To sign up for Pound for Pound, just go to pfpchallenge.com. Making your pledge takes about five minutes. It’s an honor system, so no follow-up is needed. -CJP

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Pardee Receives Grant from Community Foundation for Orthopedic Expansion

[caption id="attachment_257" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Renovations to include expanded group physical therapy area"][/caption] The Community Foundation of Henderson County has awarded the Pardee Foundation a grant of $3,900 to assist in the upcoming renovation of Pardee’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence. Equipment provided by this grant will include additional platform steps and tub transfer chairs on which Joint Camp patients practice, joint prosthesis which are used as teaching tools, additional chairs for the patients’ coaches and mounted flat screen televisions for educational videos. This renovation project will not only provide better equipment for use by our medical staff, but also allow care for additional patients by adding five more patient rooms and an expanded physical therapy area. The Community Foundation of Henderson County supports charitable programs in the greater Henderson County area. It was founded in 1983 and administers over 390 funds with assets of over $65 million. -CJP

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