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Arthritis and Joint Replacement: An Expert Explains Surgical Innovations for Hips and Knees

When arthritis brings chronic pain and curtails normal daily activities, it may be time to look beyond medication for relief. In an upcoming presentation, Pardee Hospital orthopedic specialist Amal Das, M.D., will discuss the latest procedures in hip and knee joint replacement and how they can be used to successfully treat severe arthritis.

The presentation, "Everything You Need to Know about Hip and Knee Replacement," is scheduled for Wed., April 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Blue Ridge Mall, Hendersonville. Registration is required; please call 1-866-790-WELL (9355).

The medical community has made great strides in joint replacement, offering less-invasive options that can significantly reduce surgical and recovery times and lead to improved outcomes for those with problem joints. Dr. Das is a board-certified orthopedist who is fellowship-trained in joint surgery and specializes in hip and knee replacements. His patients benefit from his experience in state-of-the-art surgical techniques and from his patient-focused treatment philosophy. Dr. Das performs surgery at Pardee Hospital's Orthopedic Center of Excellence and practices at Hendersonville Orthopedic Associates, PLLC, The Joint Specialists of WNC.

Pardee's Orthopedic program includes joint surgeries for the hip, knee and shoulder, as well as comprehensive pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation programs designed to ensure the best surgical outcomes. For more information about the center, please call 1-828-696-4243. For more information on Pardee Hospital, or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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Pardee’s Comprehensive Wound Healing Center Recognized for Outstanding Performance and Patient Satisfaction

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee Hospital is the recipient of the 2012 Robert Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence Award, in recognition of outstanding patient satisfaction and quality performance.

The award is presented annually by wound-care provider Healogics, and recognizes centers that meet or exceed exacting benchmarks. Pardee's Comprehensive Wound Healing Center (CWHC) is one in only 39 Healogics affiliates to receive the award out of more than 500, and the only wound care center in North Carolina to achieve this distinction. The award was received in the first year of the CWHC's eligibility.

"In an area where patients have multiple choices for wound care, we are the only wound center that has met and exceeded these high benchmarks for care," says Rachel Beal, CWHC Program Director. "This award affirms that our center is an outstanding wound care resource for Pardee Hospital and its community, and it recognizes the work of the entire CWHC team."

Center of Excellence Award recipients must meet the following criteria for two complete, consecutive calendar years:

• Patient Satisfaction – Greater than or equal to 92 percent

• Healing Rate – Greater than or equal to 91 percent

• Outlier Rate (cases that lie outside established benchmarks) – Less than or equal to 19 percent

• Median Days to Heal – Less than or equal to 30

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee Hospital is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine for acute and chronic wounds. All levels of clinical staff are trained in the most current, evidence-based practices for problem wound management and hyperbaric medicine. Patient care is provided in partnership with Healogics, the leading national provider of wound care services. The center is also a past recipient of the Wound Care Center of Distinction Award by Diversified Clinical Services for exceptional patient outcomes. For more information about Pardee or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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A 10-Minute Screening Could Save Your Life

Pardee to offer free screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

To help increase awareness of oral, head and neck cancer, Pardee Hospital will offer free screenings for these cancers on Wed., April 17, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Pardee Rehab & WellnessCenter, located at 212 – B Thompson St. in Hendersonville. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-866-790-9355.

Adults of every age should consider having an oral cancer screening. It is estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head or neck in 2013. This includes tumors that can appear in or around the throat, nose, sinuses, mouth and larynx. There has been a rise in cases of oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer in young adults, and adults who use tobacco and alcohol regularly are at particular risk.

"It is very important to catch these cancers early," says W. Mark McCollough, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Pardee. "The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unrecognized, but early detection can facilitate less aggressive treatment and result in a higher cure rate."

The screenings at Pardee will be performed by Pardee physicians specializing in otolaryngology, including John Pickens, M.D.; Michael Neuenschwander, M.D.; and Michael Stalford, M.D. These experienced doctors will perform a brief exam of the mouth and throat to look for evidence of any abnormalities.

For more information on Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week and cancer prevention tips, visit www.headandneck.org, the official website of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.

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Learn How Exercise Can Slow Disabling Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

On Tuesday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m., Pardee Hospital's physical and speech/language therapists will explain how exercise and current therapies can keep disabling symptoms of Parkinson's disease at bay. Titled "Parkinson's Disease: Why We Need to Exercise," the program will be presented during the Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson's Support Group meeting at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main Street in Brevard, N.C. All are invited to attend.

Lucy Butler, SLP, and Chloe Roderick, PT, experienced therapists from the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, will explain how exercise and individually tailored speech and movement therapy can prevent newly diagnosed patients from losing basic abilities, and may help others regain some of the mobility they've lost. The presentation will cover topics such as maintaining mobility, balance and fall prevention, speech volume, stuttering and swallowing. The presentation will include a demonstration of the center's brand-new Gait Lab, used to help patients stabilize and maintain an effective walking gait.

"Parkinson's is now a disease we can do everything about," says Roderick. "Patients without treatment can lose their movement pattern; it becomes laborious to get in and out of a car, walk 50 feet and get out of bed. Exercise therapy can evoke what we call neuroplasticity, allowing us to 'remap' the brain. This can keep those skills well ingrained so that those with Parkinson's do not lose health and mental function."

"Early intervention after a Parkinson's diagnosis slows down the progression of symptoms," adds Butler. "The No. 1 way to do that is with exercise. In seven years of providing LSVT speech therapy, for example, I've found that 100 percent of our patients improve their speech effectiveness."

The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is the only facility in Henderson County to provide both the LSVT LOUD therapy program for speech and the LSVT BIG therapy program for mobility. Each program has been proven to have dramatic, positive effects on Parkinson's symptoms. In addition, the center's new Gait Lab includes an assessment tool that provides quantifiable feedback on posture, step length, gait quality and speed, helping the center's therapists to identify specific areas to target in therapy. "A patient with Parkinson's may say, 'I don't know why I feel like I'm going to fall,'" explains Roderick. "Using the Gait Lab, we can provide the reason and prescribe the therapy."

Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in Henderson County. This facility offers fully integrated physical, occupational and speech therapy services to meet individualized needs. Services are performed on an outpatient basis, and are provided by licensed physical and occupational therapists along with speech/language pathologists. The facility offers a fully equipped and professionally supervised gym, which is open to the public and therapy graduates. Pardee Rehab & Wellness is dedicated to helping patients prevent and overcome injury or disability so they can enjoy a mobile, satisfying life. The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is also home to Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab and Diabetes Education.

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2013 Junior Volunteer Summer Program

Pardee Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2013 Junior Volunteer Summer Program. The Junior Volunteers provide an important service to the individuals they serve, and to the community as a whole. 

In order to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, potential volunteers must be at least 14 years of age by June 1, 2013. Applicants are also required to write a brief essay explaining why they would like to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, as well as include their interests and future goals.

Junior Volunteer Application Form

Completed applications and documents must be turned in by May 6. Orientation will begin on June 17, and Junior Volunteers will receive a Tuberculin Skin Test that is offered for free by Pardee Hospital.

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