Recently, in the Citizen-Times News Editorial Report Card, Pardee received an "A."
"A to Margaret Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, cited for excellence in providing charity care in a new report by the North Carolina Justice Center. In comparison with other Tar Heel hospitals, Pardee offers charity care policy that exceeds the area's cost of living, helping out low-income and uninsured families strapped with medical expenses."
The Editorial Report is an opinion piece that rates local, regional, and national topics. We are excited that this effort was noticed, because we strive to be transparent to our community. We even have a community benefit news ticker on our home page.
The care, technology, services and outreach Pardee Hospital provides for our community depends on our continued financial strength. A healthy operating margin allows us to grow in ways that improve health in Henderson County, keep health care accessible and plan for the future. Keeping our financials healthy means maintaining the faith and trust of all our stakeholders- our patients, our supporters and our entire community. This is achievable through true transparency and open communications. We keep our stakeholders informed throughout the year with our annual report, Healthy Horizons community newsletter, news releases to local media outlets, and our Web site and blog. As your community hospital, it is our duty to keep you informed of where and how your health care resources are invested. Our growth strengthens when you keep investing in us so we can invest in you.
Listen up, ladies. If you are feeling frazzled (aren't we all?), you may want to take the time to register for a new conference for women. Pardee is sponsoring "Forget the Frazzled Female & Embrace the Fabulous You." The conference aims to be a special day of powerful speakers, practical information and applicable tools designed to motivate and empower the women of our community. It is being presented by Summit Marketing Group and Power Up! and will be held on Friday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Bo Thomas Auditorium, Blue Ridge Community College. Pardee Family Medicine physician, Nathaniel Jablecki, M.D., is one of the featured speakers. Dr. Jablecki will discuss Health & Fitness in the real world. Pardee will also have information tables at the event to educate the women in attendance about Pardee's services. For more information, check out the brochure by clicking on the following link. Frazzled-Female-Brochure I hope to leave the conference less frazzled and more fabulous.
I recently had the opportunity to show Jay Siltzer of WLOS, ABC News 13, Pardee's new birth suite. The birth suite at the Women & Children's Center is designed for healthy, low-risk mom's and babies and provides a home-like atmosphere for natural childbirth in the safety of the hospital. Certified nurse-midwife, Barbara Davenport of Pardee Nurse-Midwifery was interviewed for the story, along with her patient, Jessica Frierson. Jessica plans to deliver in the birth suite soon. The story can be seen here ABC 13 - Health Alert.
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Pardee’s Joint Replacement Center recently celebrated 10 years of providing thorough pre- and post-operative care and a unique “Joint Camp” experience for patients. On Monday, Feb. 1 Pardee celebrated with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments. Last year more than 500 joint replacement surgeries were performed at Pardee Hospital. Pardee is building on the success of the Joint Center by developing an Orthopedic Center of Excellence. The expansion plans include five new patient rooms, an expanded group physical therapy space and a new salon and massage room. In addition, keeping patient comfort and care in mind, the entire orthopedics unit will undergo an interior renovation. “We celebrated the fact that we have had a successful Joint Center for ten years. We also recently welcomed several orthopedic physicians including a spine surgeon to our medical staff. But just as important, we wanted to celebrate the new journey we are taking to expand, renovate and develop this center into a medical tourism destination for orthopedics,” said Debbie Patrick, development director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “Pardee consistently benchmarks among the top orthopedics programs in the nation.” Close to one hundred physicians, area executives, government officials, Chamber members and associates attended the celebration. This summer, a large community event is being planned once the renovations and expansion have been completed. For additional information on Pardee’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence go to http://www.pardeewellness.org/. The site features physician bios, video testimonials and ways to give.