April is National Donate Life Month. This observance is federally-designated to highlight the critical shortage of donors and to honor the spirit of those organ, eye and tissue donors who make transplants possible. Pardee’s Organ Procurement Organization, LifeShare, is located in Asheville serving Western N.C. Our responsibility to LifeShare is to report all deaths within an hour. In 2009, Pardee had 21 eye donors and 11 tissue donors.
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. Transplants save lives, provide hope and improve the lifestyle of thousands of people. The most important part of deciding to be a donor is talking to your family and sharing your wishes. The heart on your driver’s license is your consent for donation. There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation. Throughout April, Pardee wants to encourage individuals to observe National Donate Life Month by getting more information about donation, sharing that information and taking action to increase the number of donors and make a difference in the world.
Sign-up today to be an organ donor on the North Carolina donor registry by clicking here.
For more information, visit the LifeShare website at www.lifesharecarolinas.org.
Choking is one of the most common accidents in childhood. This clip demonstrates practical tips for keeping babies and young children safe from choking hazards. Includes foods to avoid and tips on preparing foods to make them safer.
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.