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How Charitable are North Carolina Hospitals?

Recently, The North Carolina Justice Center released a document with information about hospital systems that deserve special recognition for providing charity care levels that exceed the cost of living for their region. Guess what hospital made this list? That's right, Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital. The executive summary is posted here. You can find the entire document here. The North Carolina Justice Center is the state's leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all.

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Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center now offering Tai Chi

[caption id="attachment_263" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="Travis Ginn"][/caption] White Crane Tai Chi will now be offered at the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, located at 212-B Thompson Street near Epic Theaters. Classes will take place each Friday from noon until 1 p.m. The cost per class is $10 with your first class being free, or $45 for a series of five classes, $80 for a series of ten classes. The ancient art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improve health. The class is designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing, stress-free environment to aid in a person’s growth physically, mentally and spiritually. The classes will be instructed by fourth degree black belt, Travis Ginn, who has more than 25 years of experience and is certified in instructing Tai Chi. The class is open for anyone to participate regardless of limitations and can be performed seated if necessary. Tai Chi is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. It teaches proper posture and breathing techniques beneficial to your health. Participants perform a series of postures and movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause, keeping your body in constant motion. For more information about White Crane Tai Chi with Travis Ginn, visit www.HoSinSoolDojang.com or for additional class information contact the Rehab and Wellness Center.

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Lose weight, feed the hungry – and be featured on Biggest Loser

Here’s a way to help yourself to a healthier weight while you help your hungry neighbors in WNC – plus getting credit on national television for your effort.  All it takes is joining the national Pound For Pound challenge, where for every pound you pledge to lose, General Mills will donate 14 cents through its Feeding America program to MANNA, the local food bank serving Western North Carolina. Your pledge will be one of hundreds to be honored during an upcoming Biggest Loser episode to be aired in March in a segment about Asheville’s support for the Pound for Pound challenge. To be filmed on Feb. 23, it will feature Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy, volunteer teams at MANNA packing food for the hungry and participants in the Lighten Up 4 Life community weight loss challenge established by Mission Hospital.  Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville and McDowell Hospital in Marion are also participating. To sign up for Pound for Pound, just go to pfpchallenge.com. Making your pledge takes about five minutes. It’s an honor system, so no follow-up is needed. -CJP

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Pardee Receives Grant from Community Foundation for Orthopedic Expansion

[caption id="attachment_257" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Renovations to include expanded group physical therapy area"][/caption] The Community Foundation of Henderson County has awarded the Pardee Foundation a grant of $3,900 to assist in the upcoming renovation of Pardee’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence. Equipment provided by this grant will include additional platform steps and tub transfer chairs on which Joint Camp patients practice, joint prosthesis which are used as teaching tools, additional chairs for the patients’ coaches and mounted flat screen televisions for educational videos. This renovation project will not only provide better equipment for use by our medical staff, but also allow care for additional patients by adding five more patient rooms and an expanded physical therapy area. The Community Foundation of Henderson County supports charitable programs in the greater Henderson County area. It was founded in 1983 and administers over 390 funds with assets of over $65 million. -CJP

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Pardee’s new patient monitors featured on WLOS

Pardee’s new patient monitors were featured in a story on WLOS, ABC News 13, last night. The story featured an interview with Pardee associate, Gayle Sams and an emergency department patient. The new monitors are the result of a visit from Congressman Heath Shuler (D - NC, 11th District) last April. Congressman Shuler came to Pardee to announce $295,000 in federal appropriations for upgrades and equipment to the intensive care unit (ICU). As part of his visit, Shuler toured the hospital and presented the award to hospital representatives. This award was used to purchase the new monitors, which are now in the ICU and emergency department. The Pardee Hospital Foundation applied for the funding through Shuler’s office, who requested the money as part of the fiscal year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The bill was passed and signed into law in March 2009. This funding and the new monitors are helping Pardee to achieve the strategic goal of meeting and exceeding the health care needs the community and striving to provide health care value to our patients through the delivery of superior clinical programs.

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