The following was written by Dr. Geoffrey L. Jones. To read the full article go to Times-News Be Our Guest Column.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The article "Physician shortages may worsen" in the March 29 issue of the Times-News highlights many of the challenges primary care physicians are facing nationally. While there are valid arguments on both sides of the health care debate, no one argues that primary care is in trouble. For years there has been declining medical student interest in primary care specialties like family practice. Reasons for this are multi-factorial, including low pay relative to our peers, an increasingly complicated and inadequate payment system and perceived lifestyle sacrifices. Despite the controversies, health care reform is finally here. Primary care doctors in western North Carolina are already preparing for increased numbers of patients. Caring for more patients will certainly require more primary care doctors. To become a family physician, medical school graduates train for an additional three years in the specialty of family practice. Since 1994, the Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program has been striving to meet the primary health care needs of Henderson County. Sponsored jointly by the Mountain Area Health Education Center, Margaret R. Pardee Hospital and the University of North Carolina, the program's mission is to produce superior family physicians to serve the patients of western North Carolina and to provide leadership in improving access to quality health care. Our laboratory is the Hendersonville Family Health Center, which has been a national leader in the movement toward the patient-centered medical home.
We went over to Pardee Pavilion Adult Day Health a couple of weeks ago to interview a few people. There are four videos total. It is amazing how Pardee Pavilion makes such a difference in the lives of these families.
Thanks to everyone on Pardee's Orthopedic Center of Excellence for the great care I got after my knee replacement. I don’t remember everyone’s name, but I do remember Cathy, Miranda, Stephanie and Nina. Thanks too to Angela for keeping everything at the front desk in order. Thanks to Scott for relaying all the information to me and deepest thanks to the entire physical therapy staff – Barb, Tom and Courtney, for all the exercises that got me moving again. And last but not least, thanks to Gladys, you have a great team and should be very proud of everyone on it. I am sure they are all proud of you. I think this says it all – “Such a difference one kindness makes.” Thank You! B.J.
New walking maps are now available for the City of Hendersonville courtesy of the Henderson County Partnership for Health program. The idea for the walking maps was made possible through a grant that the Partnership for Health received providing them the funds necessary to print the maps. Separate maps are available so that walkers may carry them along on their walks. Besides a map of the walk route, other information provided includes the distance, the difficulty, the highlights, and any cautions about the route.
Click on the links below to view the walking maps:
Main Street to Hyman Heights Walking GuideWest Hendersonville Walking GuideOklawaha Greenway
For more information or additional maps, please call (828) 698-4600.
Enjoy your walk!