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Pardee welcomes pediatrician Jack Flippo, and family practitioner, Shannon Dowler, to the community

Pardee is proud to announce that Jack Flippo, M.D., a pediatrician, recently joined Rainbow Pediatrics, and Shannon Dowler, M.D., a family medicine physician, recently joined Blue Ridge Community Health Services [caption id="attachment_291" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Shannon Dowler"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_292" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Jack Flippo"][/caption] in Hendersonville as medical director Dr. Flippo received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala.  He completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.  Dr. Flippo is board certified in pediatrics and is on the active medical staff at Pardee Hospital.  Dr. Flippo, his wife and two children moved to Hendersonville from Charlotte in January.  He has a special interest in pediatric acute care. Dr. Dowler received her medical degree from the East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.  She completed her residency at MAHEC Family Medicine Residency in Asheville, N.C.  Dr. Dowler is board certified in family practice and is on the active/non-admitting medical staff at Pardee Hospital.  She lives in Asheville with her husband and two children and has a special interest in youth health education. -CJP

Posted in: Clinical

"The Biggest Loser" Cameras Rolling in Asheville

[caption id="attachment_285" align="alignleft" width="243" caption="Photo courtesy of Michael Justus, Times-News"][/caption] On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the popular TV show "The Biggest Loser" rolled into town to film a segment at MANNA FoodBank. General Mills has partnered with "The Biggest Loser" to help end hunger while also promoting healthier lifestyles through the creation of the Pound for Pound Challenge.  For every pound pledged, General Mills will donate $.14 to the designated foodbank, and for those participating in Western N.C., MANNA Foodbank is the recipient. Lighten Up 4 Life team members were involved as well, pledging their pounds towards the Pound for Pound Challenge to help increase the amount of support given back to those in our community through MANNA.  I, along with a few other hospital employees, was able to take part in the special event. Upon our arrival at MANNA, we were ushered inside to fill out release forms just in case we became mega movie stars and our faces ended up on national television. The camera crew was preparing their equipment and the set was ready to go. Boxes of food filled up the MANNA warehouse and volunteers waited anxiously for their instructions. Once the cameras began rolling, volunteers were put to work stuffing and labeling bags of rice. Students from local elementary schools were present and very excited about the event. At one point the director said we could all stop working and the children were the first to yell an enthusiastic, "NO!" and the director let us keep packing up boxes with food. The film crew spent the entire day in Asheville showcasing not only the beauty of Western N.C., but also the quality of the people that live here and the great passion we have for helping our community and a continued commitment to wellness.  Don't miss the airing of the show on March 9 at 8 p.m. on NBC.  -L See the Times-News article. See the Citizen-Times article.

Posted in: Wellness

Pardee Hospital Foundation Donors are Making Their Rounds

[caption id="attachment_271" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Generations of Excellence donors tour the operating room with Eileen Stepp."][/caption] On Monday, February 8, a group of Pardee Hospital Foundation donors took part in the first ever “Making Rounds” tour of the orthopedic unit and even experienced a trip to the operating room to view a live surgery. The donors were each members of the Foundation’s Generations of Excellence Society. The tour was created as a way for Pardee Hospital Foundation donors to get a look at what goes on behind the scenes at Pardee. This tour specifically focused on the orthopedic unit where the donors in attendance where able to see equipment that their previous donations had purchased as well as learn about the needs in the current orthopedic renovation. Dr. Amal K. Das, Jr. allowed the group into his operating room for a once-in-a-lifetime sneak peek at a joint replacement surgery. Howard Carl, Jr., a member of the Pardee Hospital Foundation Finance Committee, was particularly interested in this surgery as he had previously had a similar joint replacement surgery. “One of the most amazing things to me was learning how much money was needed for all of the equipment utilized during surgery,” Carl said after seeing all of the state-of-the-art equipment used during joint replacements. Generation's donor, Stan Massie, was fascinated while watching the live surgery, “I loved it, if I could have stayed for the entire surgery, I would have.” The tour was guided by Debbie Patrick, director of development for the Pardee Hospital Foundation and Eileen Stepp, nursing director of Surgical Services. Future Making Rounds tours are planned for dates throughout this year, if you would be interested in attending, contact the Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666. 

Posted in: Foundation

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.

Posted in: Pardee

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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