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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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NC's only hospital to receive achievement award

"We're proud to be the only hospital in North Carolina and one of only 59 in the United States to receive the OAA award in 2009," said Pardee CEO Kris Hoce. "Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our cancer program physicians and staff, residents in our community have access to the most advanced and comprehensive cancer screenings and treatments available." You can see the article here. -R

Posted in: Quality

Pardee Celebrates Certified Nurses Day

Pardee will celebrate Certified Nurses Day, this Friday, March 19, by honoring board certified nurses. “We are thrilled and proud to celebrate the 87 board certified nurses on Pardee’s staff,” said Pat Ashe, chief nursing officer. “It is our hope that this recognition shows appreciation to the nursing staff for the personal dedication and persistence required to achieve and maintain this level of national certification.” Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. A registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice. However, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse. Pardee Hospital encourages national board certification for nurses. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, perioperative, gerontology, oncology, research, obstetrics, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Please join Pardee Hospital and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done! To see the list of nurses on staff that are being recognized for their board certification click here. -L

Posted in: Clinical

Easy Procedures at Pardee Hospital - New Cardiac Ultrasound

Pardee Foundation supporters helped purchase new Cardiac Ultrasound equipment for Pardee Hospital. This is a short interview of why your support makes such a difference to our community.  This money was raised through the Foundation's Annual Tournament of Champions golf event at Kenmure Country Club.

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Vision Henderson County visits Pardee

[caption id="attachment_368" align="alignleft" width="448" caption="Joel Tipton, CPR coordinator, gives the Vision Henderson County participants a tour of the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center"][/caption] Thursday, March 11, the Vision Henderson County class of approximately 24 individuals stopped by to tour Pardee Urgent Care and the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center as part of their class visits for the day. The group also visited Sheriff Rick Davis, the WNC Agricultural Center, Advantage West, Wilson Art and the Henderson County offices. Tours of the Pardee facilities were led by Tim Auwarter, director of Rehab and Wellness, Joel Tipton, CPR coordinator, and Diane Ballard, assistant manager of Pardee Urgent Care. Tim and Joel were both graduates of the Vision program. Vision Henderson County promotes informed and committed civic volunteerism. Its programs are designed to help participants acquire both a fuller sense of the wide array of critical issues affecting Henderson County, and the leadership skills necessary to motivate and engage others in collaborative efforts to resolve them.
While touring Pardee Urgent Care, the group was able to learn about excellent clinical services available at our Urgent Care facility including, adult and pediatric medical care, minor surgery, sports physicals, a physician on-site at all times, and convenient weekend and evening hours. Tim and Joel were able to inform the class of the benefits and services that Pardee Rehab & Wellness offers to the community. The Pardee Rehab team works together to create an individualized treatment program to maximize recovery from injury or illness, as well as exercise programs to increase and prolong good health. We are pleased to have been a stop on the schedule for the Vision Henderson County class for 2009-2010.

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