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Pardee Hosts Free Lung Cancer Screening Presentations

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. Detection of lung cancer at an early stage carries improved rates of survival. A low-dose CT Lung scan can be a benefit to high-risk patients that fall into one of the following categories: age 55-77 years and have a 30 or more pack-year history of smoking (if a former smoker, must have quit within 15 years), or age 50 or older, have a 20 or more pack-year history of smoking, and one additional risk factor (family history, occupational exposure, etc.)

Pardee Hospital health care professionals will present information on the low-dose, CT scan lung cancer screening including its effectiveness in detecting lung cancer for high-risk individuals, associated costs and how to talk with your health care provider about the screening. There will be two presentation opportunities on Tuesday, May 12, from 6 – 7 p.m. at Pardee Signature Care Center and Tuesday, May 26, from 6 -7 p.m. at Mission Pardee Health Campus in the Fletcher YMCA building on the 2nd floor. To register for either presentation, please call (828) 692-4600.

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Pardee Hosts “Medicare Choices Made Easy”

People new to Medicare, care givers and others who help senior citizens with their Medicare insurance should consider attending this free, informative class. Sponsored by the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) of Henderson County and the Buncombe County Council on Aging, this program explains the sections of Medicare, when to sign up, how to avoid penalties and how to make the most cost-effective choices. The information presented is unbiased as no products are sold or endorsed.

This class will be held at the Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall, on Thursday, May 21 from 3 – 5 p.m. To register, please call (828) 692-4600 or go to coabc.org/events.

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Pardee Hospital Hosts Stroke Awareness Event

May is national stroke awareness month and every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. In an effort to educate the community on stroke and its risk factors, Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall, will be providing multiple opportunities for stroke awareness information each week during the month of May. Education emphasis will be placed on stroke risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, the importance of wellness visits with a health care provider, and warning signs and symptoms used for detecting a stroke.

A special stroke awareness presentation will be provided on Thursday, May 28 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Pardee Signature Care Center. David Fluech, PA-C, with Pardee Neurology Associates and Kelli Lingg, RN from Pardee Hospital’s Emergency Department, will discuss stroke anatomy, warning signs and symptoms, and stroke’s short-term and long-term impact from both a health care provider and patient perspective. To register for the presentation, please visit pardeesignaturecare.org or call (828) 692-4600.

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Pardee Hospital Celebrates Auxiliary Members during National Volunteer Week

Pardee Hospital honored the Auxiliary members with a luncheon at the Hendersonville Country Club on April 16, during National Volunteer Week. The theme was “Hat’s Off to Our Volunteers” focusing on how the volunteers at Pardee, make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers received a special lapel pin that states: Volunteers-Making a Difference in the Lives of Others.

Guest speaker, Angela Vaughn, spoke about the many hats that volunteers wear in terms of being compassionate, friendly, encouraging, providing customer service, sharing positive attitudes and helping each other as needed which demonstrates great teamwork. She acknowledged the many areas in the hospital in which the volunteers work.

Jay Kirby, President and CEO of Pardee Hospital, spoke about how the organization continues to grow and that the volunteers will grow along with the rest of the organization. Kirby thanked them for their dedicated service.

Karla Reese, Auxiliary Manager, was the MC and introduced members of Pardee Administration, Pardee Chaplaincy and the Auxiliary Board members. Reese also expressed her sincere appreciation for the many hours that the volunteers choose to share at Pardee Hospital.

Positions available in the Auxiliary vary, and can provide opportunities for qualified individuals with all types of previous employment experience. As Pardee continues to expand and grow, it continues to need additional volunteers, and is accepting applications for various volunteer positions. For more information, please call Karla Reese, Auxiliary Services Manager at 696-4240.

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Pardee Hospital Receives Top “A” Grade in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score

Pardee Hospital has received a top grade for its commitment to protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Leapfrog Group awarded Pardee an "A" in its Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score. Pardee has received an “A” rating five consecutive times, currently the longest consecutive stretch in western North Carolina.

“Pardee Hospital is honored and pleased to have been awarded an “A” by the LeapFrog Group in their Hospital Safety Score for the fifth consecutive time. We at Pardee remain committed to patient safety and the continued acknowledgement from the LeapFrog Group speaks to the institutional commitment to this goal. This is an honor to be shared with the associates of Pardee Hospital, all of whom come in contact with patients in one form or another. We strive to continue to improve on this tradition of patient safety and remain humbled by this award,” stated Dr. David Ellis, Interim Chief Medical Officer, Pardee Hospital.

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

"Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly," said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. "No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the co-workers of Pardee for achieving an "A" and showing us that Pardee makes the well-being of patients a top priority."

To see how Pardee's score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also download a free Hospital Safety Score app.

The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent industry watchdog and its hospital safety rating is the only one to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Leapfrog scores are free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

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