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.
Recently, in the Citizen-Times News Editorial Report Card, Pardee received an "A."
"A to Margaret Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, cited for excellence in providing charity care in a new report by the North Carolina Justice Center. In comparison with other Tar Heel hospitals, Pardee offers charity care policy that exceeds the area's cost of living, helping out low-income and uninsured families strapped with medical expenses."
The Editorial Report is an opinion piece that rates local, regional, and national topics. We are excited that this effort was noticed, because we strive to be transparent to our community. We even have a community benefit news ticker on our home page.
The care, technology, services and outreach Pardee Hospital provides for our community depends on our continued financial strength. A healthy operating margin allows us to grow in ways that improve health in Henderson County, keep health care accessible and plan for the future. Keeping our financials healthy means maintaining the faith and trust of all our stakeholders- our patients, our supporters and our entire community. This is achievable through true transparency and open communications. We keep our stakeholders informed throughout the year with our annual report, Healthy Horizons community newsletter, news releases to local media outlets, and our Web site and blog. As your community hospital, it is our duty to keep you informed of where and how your health care resources are invested. Our growth strengthens when you keep investing in us so we can invest in you.
Listen up, ladies. If you are feeling frazzled (aren't we all?), you may want to take the time to register for a new conference for women. Pardee is sponsoring "Forget the Frazzled Female & Embrace the Fabulous You." The conference aims to be a special day of powerful speakers, practical information and applicable tools designed to motivate and empower the women of our community. It is being presented by Summit Marketing Group and Power Up! and will be held on Friday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Bo Thomas Auditorium, Blue Ridge Community College. Pardee Family Medicine physician, Nathaniel Jablecki, M.D., is one of the featured speakers. Dr. Jablecki will discuss Health & Fitness in the real world. Pardee will also have information tables at the event to educate the women in attendance about Pardee's services. For more information, check out the brochure by clicking on the following link. Frazzled-Female-Brochure I hope to leave the conference less frazzled and more fabulous.
I recently had the opportunity to show Jay Siltzer of WLOS, ABC News 13, Pardee's new birth suite. The birth suite at the Women & Children's Center is designed for healthy, low-risk mom's and babies and provides a home-like atmosphere for natural childbirth in the safety of the hospital. Certified nurse-midwife, Barbara Davenport of Pardee Nurse-Midwifery was interviewed for the story, along with her patient, Jessica Frierson. Jessica plans to deliver in the birth suite soon. The story can be seen here ABC 13 - Health Alert.