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Pardee Hospital Foundation to Host Annual Gala: A Black Tie Affair June 11

Pardee Hospital Foundation will host its Annual Gala, A Black Tie Affair on Saturday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at the Technology Building at Blue Ridge Community College. The event will celebrate Pardee Hospital’s dedication to serving the health care needs of Henderson County and western North Carolina. The entire community is invited to attend this black tie event and enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, live music, silent auction, and raffle. This year’s goal is to raise at least $100,000, which will be designated to assist in funding Pardee Hospital’s new Comprehensive Cancer Center. Tickets and information can be found at pardeehospital.org or by calling the Foundation office at 828.233.2700.

The evening will also include the special announcements of the Physician of the Year and the Philanthropist of the Year Awards. This is the fourth year that the Foundation will be presenting the Physician of the Year Award, which is given to a Pardee physician whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care and a commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the community. This year, the thirteenth annual Philanthropist of the Year award will be given to a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee Hospital, to Pardee Hospital Foundation and for the improvement of the community’s health care.

This public event has individual tickets, along with young patron tickets, available for purchase. For information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Pardee Hospital Foundation at 828.233.2700 or visit pardeehospitalfoundation.org.

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Pardee Hospital Receives the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Breast Centers

Pardee Hospital's Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Breast Centers. This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best breast centers based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

The list of more than 374 award winners, including Pardee Hospital, represents breast centers that have met the high standards of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and carry the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) seal from the American College of Radiology. They have also scored above the national average on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services patient recommendation measures, or their equivalent.

"The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center team at the Pardee Comprehensive Cancer Center works diligently to provide outstanding, compassionate care to the people we serve," said James M. Kirby, II, president and CEO of Pardee Hospital. "We are pleased to be recognized as one of America's Best Breast Centers by the Women's Choice Award."

The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center is part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee and gives women and men access to the most advanced breast diagnostic and treatment services available. The Breast Center offers breast care patient navigation services, 3D mammography, ultrasound and breast MRI. It also provides same-day biopsies and prompt test results to decrease anxiety and provide the best care to patients.

As part of Pardee's commitment to the most advanced technology for women's health services, the hospital is now offering 3D mammograms. Multiple clinical studies show 3D mammography is beneficial for all women, regardless of breast type or density. 3D mammography detects 41 percent more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40 percent. This means one simple thing: more accuracy and less anxiety. Most major insurers cover the exam. However, from now through February 2017, if insurance does not cover the exam, Pardee Hospital will take care of the bill.

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women according to the American Cancer Society. One in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

“Whether it’s an annual mammogram or addressing a more serious concern, every woman deserves the best breast care and an opportunity to live a healthy life. By letting women know which breast centers in their area are among America’s best, we are able to reduce their risk by helping them make smarter healthcare choices,” says Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award.

For more information on the 2016 America’s Best Breast Centers, visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored as #1088 on the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2015, as well as selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch in 2015, a statewide program managed by GrowFL, which celebrates the Florida’s top second stage companies. Visit www.womenschoiceaward.com to learn more.

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Pardee Hospital Receives the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics

Pardee Hospital has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics . This evidence-based designation is the only orthopedics award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.

The list of 426 award winners, including Pardee Hospital, represents hospitals that have provided exceptional patient care and treatment, signifying Pardee's commitment to meeting the highest standards in orthopedics for women, their families and their community.

"At Pardee, we recognize the growing need for orthopedics care in our area and have built a robust team of surgeons and staff who specialize in high quality, award-winning spine, bone, joint and ligament care," said James M. Kirby, II, president and CEO of Pardee Hospital. "We are grateful to be recognized by the Women's Choice Award for our commitment to our patients and excellent orthopedic care."

Pardee expanded its orthopedics service line this year with the addition of Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, a department of Pardee Hospital. The practice offers five convenient clinic locations across Western North Carolina for same-day advanced orthopedic care.

The 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics are hospitals that provide comprehensive orthopedics services, indicating a minimum number of arthroscopy, joint replacements and spine surgery services, as well as offering onsite MRI and physical therapy. These full-service hospitals are then judged based on their results through the Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey for patient recommendations and post-operative recovery instructions, measures that are very important to women when choosing a hospital.

Hospitals could be disqualified for abnormally high rates of surgical complications and infections. Data made available by CMS is utilized in a method that is totally objective and uniform. No subjective considerations were used to determine the award winners.

“Being treated with the proper level of care impacts one’s health, well-being, and healing, so it is critical for women to know those hospitals that have demonstrated the highest level of quality care for their patients, with a special focus on the needs and preferences of women,” says Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award.

For more information on the 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/orthopedics/.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored as #1088 on the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2015, as well as selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch in 2015, a statewide program managed by GrowFL, which celebrates the Florida’s top second stage companies. Visit www.womenschoiceaward.com to learn more.

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Pardee Hospital Receives the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

Pardee Hospital has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care . This evidence-based designation is the only cancer care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women say they want from a hospital.

The list of 366 award winners, including Pardee Hospital, represents hospitals that have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, signifying Pardee's commitment to meeting the highest standards in cancer care.

"As cancer incidences increase throughout the country and in our community, it is more important than ever to have a strong cancer program close to home," said James M. Kirby, II, president and CEO of Pardee Hospital. "On behalf of our Comprehensive Cancer Center team, it is an honor to be recognized by the Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care."

Through an innovative collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, Wingate University and Blue Ridge Community College, Pardee Hospital will open its new Comprehensive Cancer Center in the fall of 2016. In addition to the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the new, state-of-the-art health sciences building will house Pardee Surgical Associates as well as existing programs in allied healthcare, pharmacy, and physician assistant studies from Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University.

The 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care must have received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as any of the following: a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer program, a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, an Integrated Network Cancer Program, or an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program. These selected hospitals were then give a score based on their patient recommendation rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

Additional criteria considered: if a hospital offered on-site chemotherapy, radiation or hospice, and cancer research activities. Hospitals were penalized for having high infection rates.

“Women have many choices when it comes to cancer care, but now they can make informed choices based on rigorous, evidence-based criteria. As a cancer survivor who faced a challenging journey to recovery, I wish I had the Women’s Choice Award as a resource to spare me unnecessary fret and error,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.

For more information on the 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/cancer-care/.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored as #1088 on the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2015, as well as selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch in 2015, a statewide program managed by GrowFL, which celebrates the Florida’s top second stage companies. Visit www.womenschoiceaward.com to learn more.

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Blue Ridge Community College to Host Disney Institute Wednesday, May 4

Blue Ridge Community College's Professional Development Institute announced today that there is a limited amount of tickets remaining for Disney Institute on Wednesday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College's Hendersonville campus. Tickets are $395 per person to attend this one-day professional development seminar entitled Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence, and include all course materials, lunch and parking. Additionally, companies can register for a table of six and receive the sixth ticket free. Register online at blueridge.edu/disney or contact M.C. Gaylord at (828) 694-1779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Throughout this one-day course, participants will discover insights that drive the Disney organization. They will practice adapting these insights to strengthen their organization to obtain long-term results. Attendees can expect to:
• Adapt time-tested Disney business insights to assess and improve their organization.
• Develop a leadership vision that inspires dedication and commitment among employees.
• Apply key elements of the Disney employee engagement strategy to strengthen their culture.
• Develop an organization that supports consistent delivery of exceptional quality service.
• Foster a collaborative environment that draws on the creative resources of their entire organization.
• Incorporate time-tested principles for building and fortifying brand loyalty.

The cost to attend a Business Excellence seminar at Disney Institute in Florida would cost $1,320, plus travel and lodging. Blue Ridge Community College's Professional Development Institute is able to offer Disney Institute here in Western North Carolina for $395 per person, including lunch and parking, a savings of $925 plus travel and lodging costs.

“We are pleased to offer business leaders in our community the opportunity to learn Disney’s extremely successful business model right here in Hendersonville, without the need to travel to Florida,” said Molly A. Parkhill, Ed.D., president of Blue Ridge Community College. “This seminar will teach you how to effectively lead your organization, motivate your employees and build long-term customer loyalty. We hope to see you there.”
Blue Ridge Community College hosted Disney Institute five years ago, with that course focusing on customer service. The course offered on May 4 is focused on Business Excellence.

Register online at blueridge.edu/disney or contact M.C. Gaylord at (828) 694-1779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Disney Institute:
For three decades, Disney Institute has provided timely and relevant learning opportunities that bring the Disney approach to life and inspire practical adaptations back in an organization’s own environment. As one of the most recognized names in business solutions and professional development, Disney Institute is the only training company that empowers organizations to create lasting change through their time-tested model for cultural transformation.

About Blue Ridge Community College’s Professional Development Institute
Blue Ridge Community College’s Professional Development Institute is designed to meet the professional development needs of mid- to upper-business managers by offering a variety of training and seminars focused on developing leadership skills. Sign up for one of our open enrollment seminars or contact us to tailor a leadership training program to meet your company’s needs.

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