Edward Critikos, a 16-year old junior at Hendersonville High School has been very busy the past few weeks making the grounds of Pardee pretty. He is a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 628 based out of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. “I started with the Cub Scouts in first grade. It has been a long journey,” says Edward. Edward is working on becoming an Eagle Scout. He has 19 merit badges to date and only needs two more to receive this honor. After volunteering on Pardee’s orthopedic unit last summer Edward felt like he could spruce up some of the landscaping outside the unit. He spent the next five months planning a project to do just that. After many meetings with Craig Franks from Pardee Hospital's Engineering Department and Hope Reynolds, Pardee Hospital's Director of Human Resources he had a plan to landscape the outdoor corridor leading to the unit. “I really enjoyed working on the orthopedics unit. The staff and patients were all so nice. I wanted to do an Eagle Scout project that somehow gave back to them,” says Edward. Edward spent two Saturdays with six of his fellow Scouts weeding and strategically planting dozens of plants and shrubs. Pine straw was added as a final touch. If Edward’s name sounds familiar it is because he is the son of John P. Critikos II of Hendersonville Cardiology Associates.
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Edward thanked Pardee Hospital for their support and the following vendors for donating plants and pine straw for his project; Allen Martin and Joe McCrary, Home Depot, Garden Gate Nursery, Ace Hardware and Raymond’s Nursery.
Pardee has a new 64 slice LightSpeed® VCT XT configured system from GE Healthcare which delivers high quality images of the brain and heart with improved resolution and a lowered radiation dose.
“The addition of the GE LightSpeed VCT XT configured system complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that Pardee offers the community,” said Edna Mulenex, director of radiology at Pardee. “This scanner provides us with vastly improved image quality and imaging speed, and allows us to scan patients with less radiation dose while still delivering excellent image quality. Some patients present special challenges when undergoing CT testing. Now, even those who thought CT was inaccessible can be easily imaged and diagnosed,” Mulenex added.
CT exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination. The GE LightSpeed VCT XT configured system non-invasively assists physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas. Coronary CT angiograms can help non-invasively determine whether fatty deposits or calcium deposits have built up in the coronary arteries and significant narrowing of the major coronary arteries. Calcium-scoring screening heart scans can also be performed to detect calcium deposits found in atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries. The calcium-score heart scan can be used to evaluate risk for future coronary artery disease.
We were listening to the weather the whole way driving to the 2010 French Broad Classique Canoe Race. With approaching weather the race went off without a hitch and the rain held on for pretty much the whole event. As a sponsor of this race, it was made evident to us by the participants, as to how important health and wellness is and how fun it can be. There were folks as young as 15 to people in their 70s. We saw national record holders, an author and everyone in between. It was a close nit group that shared in the passion for the sport of paddling. We will post some interviews soon, but check out the photos below and you'll find an amazing culture of athletes, families, and friends that all find wellness from good exercise, the outdoors, and fun.
Dear Mr. Hoce (President/CEO, Pardee Hospital):
We are new patients with Pardee Family Medicine Associates in Fletcher and thought I’d take an opportunity to write you with my impressions. I believe that it would be important to you, as CEO to hear, first-hand from a patient, as consumer impressions of your facilities and staff could impact your organization, either way. My family and I moved to Western North Carolina from the Olympic town of Lake Placid, New York. There, we believe that customer service is “King”. A patient/customer that’s happy and treated like family will return again and again. The front desk personnel, Sarah & Logan gave us a warm greeting. They took time ask about our health goals and desires. They were truly interested in our health goals and objectives and how they and Pardee could help. Professionalism, customer service the Carnegie-approach personified. Since that first time, Drs. Jablecki and Reguyal and their staff always take the time to greet me, ask about my family and my health. The listening skills there are fantastic! The medical staff, Melanie and Kim is completely professional and they are wonderful Pardee representatives as well! Even in these uncertain economic times, everyone is trying to entice business their way, including healthcare. Because of your doctors and their staff in Fletcher, we choose to receive our great medical care at Pardee Family Medicine Associates, where we believe, we are part of the family. In Lake Placid parlance, “A gold medal for customer service and great medical care awarded to Team PARDEE and Pardee Family Medicine Associates!
Sincerely, David H.
Dr. Crane speaks to us about the health benefits of canoeing and kayaking in WNC. With a focus on community wellness, Pardee is sponsoring the 2010 French Broad River Classique Canoe & Kayak Race that is being held this weekend. I went paddling with Dr. Crane to get some insight on a sport that he loves, check out the video below.
Below is where we launched from:
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