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100 Years Old and Going Strong!

[caption id="attachment_129" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Boyd Campbell Working Out at Pardee Rehab"][/caption] Boyd Campbell celebrated his 100th birthday a few days ago.  How often can you tell someone that they don’t look a day over 80 and it be a compliment?  I had the honor to meet with Mr. Campbell this week.  He still works out three times a week at the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center.  “When the weather is nice, I try to get a couple swims in each week too,” said Campbell.  I asked him his secret for health and longevity.  “I worked pretty much my whole life.  I stayed active and never smoked.”  Sounds simple doesn’t it?  Sure makes me feel guilty for getting only one work-out this week!  Mr. Campbell shared some of his amazing story with me.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Horticulture in 1935 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  1935!  That’s before World War II!  He smiles when I make note of that fact and mentions that he raised apples and children for many years in Taylorsville, N.C. before moving to Hendersonville in 1970.  He got involved with Masters swimming from a friend that is a few years his senior.  Yes, older than him!  He is an active member of the local YMCA and has won a bunch of medals in swimming over the past 25 years.  He and his wife Rosalind will be celebrating their 70th anniversary in a few months.  They have six children, 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  I could quickly tell by his interactions with the staff and other people exercising at Pardee Rehab that he was very well liked.  At the end of the interview I said my goodbyes and felt a just a little better about the world. -CJP

Posted in: Wellness

Trees, Paper and Being Green

Today, I got to hear a seminar called "The Green Side of Printing." Paper is not seen as a very environmentally friendly industry, but  I learned differently today.  The paper industry has taken giant steps to being green. Since 1990, they have decreased their carbon footprint by using 90% less chemicals and water, 80% less paper waste, 90% less solvents which has led to 95% less damage to the environment.  For every tree they cut down, they plant anywhere from 2 - 4 trees to replace it.  One paper company even bought part of a Brazilian rain forest that had been destroyed just to replant and restore it. There are more trees today in the US than there was 100 years ago.  Even with all these good things the paper companies do, illegal logging and mismanagement of forests are still occurring throughout the world.   Each year mainly because of the demand for cheap paper. The US government passed a law in May 2008 that bans the sale or trade of ALL illegally harvested wood and forest products domestic or foreign. Within the last year we have stepped up our efforts to be enviromentaly friendly here at Pardee.  You may have seen our PardeeGreen logo on the website or printed materials.  In the majority of our printed pieces, we use a paper that is a 100% recycled and manufacted using biogas energy. This paper is FSC certified, meaning the paper we use can be traced back to the forest where the trees were cut and to know that our paper was not from illegally harvested trees. Their goal is to protect endangered forests and the indigenous people and animals that live in those forests. This is one of our small changes for the enviroment.  Next time you see one of our pieces, look for the PardeeGreen and the FSC logos.   kj

Posted in: Pardee

We have a new YouTube Channel

In our recent past, we have been working diligently on quite a few video projects. We are proud of this work so we put together a YouTube Channel of the work and of our stories. When you are perusing the videos remember that all of the images are images that we took of the local area and of our physicians, employees and supporters. I think that is what I'm most proud of.  - R

Posted in: Pardee

Vision Henderson County tours Pardee

[caption id="attachment_77" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Tony Galloway shows the Vision group one of the Pardee trauma suites"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_76" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Kristy Capps provides Vision group with tour of Pardee's Breast Center"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_75" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Rhonda Fain shows off one of the Pardee CT scanners to the Vision group"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_74" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Vision Henderson County group with MAMA"][/caption]

On Thursday, January 14 Pardee hosted the Vision Henderson County group for a half day of tours and presentations.  Vision Henderson County is led by John Boyd, whose long list of civic activities includes time as president of Western North Carolina Entrepreneurial Council, president of the Business and Merchants Association and a Chamber board member of Henderson and Transylvania Counties.  Vision Henderson County's mission is to promote informed and committed civic volunteerism, and 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.  During the day the tour group of about 30 individuals including our own Nina Lovern, Lilly Bonetti and Steve Novak, had the opportunity to listen to presentations by Dr. Steven Crane, our CEO Kris Hoce and Terry Layne of Henderson County EMS.  They also had in-depth tours of the ED, Radiation Therapy and the Breast Center.  One of the many highlights of the day was when the Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) copter touched down on our helicopter deck for the group.

-CJP

Posted in: Pardee

Foundation Makes Plans for 2010

For 2010, we have some new ideas that will spark our donors’ and community interest in the programs and services at Pardee.   Our new “Making Rounds” program will bring donors in to see behind-the-scenes areas of interest--like a tour of renovations that are planned or in progress, an operating room to see specific surgical equipment, and meeting hospital administrators they may not otherwise have contact.  A reception thanking our physicians is long in the making to let them know we share their vision and investment in our patients.   A revised Donor Gala format, with entertainment, will bring some amusement into the usual round of community events.  One of our top initiatives in 2010 will be raising the funds for the Orthopedic Renovation that is underway.  You will often see us guiding tours of individuals through the hospital.  And, we will continue with luncheons that provide education and resources for our donors and community about Pardee, philanthropy and healthcare.  In total, we will raise $2.3 million in 2010. Check back for updates on this and other Foundation news!

Posted in: Foundation