Pardee Hospital Foundation's 18th Annual Tournament of Champions at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock raised more than $100,000 to purchase vital medical equipment for Pardee Hospital.
More than 160 golfers competed in this year's event featuring 9-hole and 18-hole tournaments that help give back to our community's health care. This year's tournament proceeds helped the foundation purchase an angiography imagery device used in orthopedic, vascular and general surgeries. This device will be used for diagnosing and removing blood clots, placing vascular stents and during bypass surgeries.
"As a member of Pardee Hospital Foundation board of directors, I am proud of the continued generous support of Pardee Hospital and by those who recognize their community hospital's outstanding service and quality. They trust their lives and those of their families to a dedicated, award-winning team of nurses, physicians and staff," said Lynn Matykiewicz , co-chair of this year's tournament and past president of the Pardee Hospital Foundation board of directors.
A total of 41 sponsors supported this year's Tournament of Champions. UNC Health Care System and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Asheville served as Diamond Sponsors. Ameri-Quipt of NC, Inc.; Andy Oxy Co., Inc.; HealthCare Claims Management; Hendersonville Health & Rehab/Beystone Health & Rehab, a Sanstone Community; KBR Building Group; Pardee Hospital; ParsecFinancial Management, Inc.; Times-News; Wells Fargo; and Wright McGraw Beyer Architects, PA., served as Gold Sponsors.
Since 1996, the Tournament of Champions has raised more than $1.9 million to expand Pardee Hospital, improve services and purchase equipment to strengthen patient care.
Pardee Hospital Foundation will hold its Diamond Jubilee Gala on Saturday, June 29, at 6 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College Technical Center. The Diamond Jubilee Gala will be held in honor of Pardee Hospital's 60 years of dedicated health care services to the community.
The Diamond Jubilee Gala will include a silent auction, dinner and live music. The foundation will present the tenth Healthcare Philanthropist of the Year Award 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. The foundation will also present the first Physician of the Year Award. This award will be 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. To nominate a physician, contact the Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666.
The Diamond Jubilee Gala is open to the public. For information on tickets, sponsorships and details, contact the Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666 or visit pardeehospitalfoundation.org.
The Pardee Hospital Foundation was presented a check for $11,250 on April 19, by the golf committees of Hendersonville Elks Lodge 1616 and American Legion Post 77, in honor of Steve Summey following the inaugural Steve Summey Memorial Golf Tournament. The proceeds from the tournament went to the foundation to support Pardee's cancer services.
"This golf event was a wonderful thing for Steve's friends to do to honor him, and the $11,250 raised will be used to help purchase vital equipment at the Pardee Comprehensive Cancer Center," said Kim Hinkelman, Executive Director, Pardee Hospital Foundation.
Summey was co-owner of Summey Plumbing & Heating and a long-time member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion Post 77 and of Crooked Creek Golf Club where the Steve Summey Memorial Golf Tournament was held April 6 - 7. The community came together to hold a memorial golf tournament for Summey following his brave battle with cancer.
Pardee Hospital Foundation presented a check for $1 million to Pardee Hospital on Wednesday, April 17, at the Cedars of Hendersonville in honor and celebration of its 60 years of continued health care services to Henderson County and the surrounding areas.
When Pardee Hospital Foundation was established in 1996, Pardee Hospital invested $1 million to assist in their efforts to run a charitable foundation that could make a difference in the health care needs of the community.
"With this generous investment, we began to realize interest income, and we began to raise money with the help of so many people in this room," said Dr. Colin Thomas, founding member of Pardee Hospital Foundation. "I had no idea when we stared this conversation 18 years ago that we would have raised millions of dollars and services for thousands of people at Pardee Hospital. Thank you for your support and encouragement in those early years, and congratulations to the foundation to be where you are today."
The foundation and Pardee have worked in partnership over the past 18 years to raise money to pay for capital purchases, renovations and specials needs of the hospital. The foundation has given $20 million to Pardee for countless initiatives, construction and capital projects including:
$1.1 million in 1997 for nursing facility and hospice house$5.1 million for emergency department renovations $2.3 million for surgery expansion$600,000 for renovations for orthopedic center10,000 women who have benefitted from free mammograms through Women Helping Women
"The time is right for us to celebrate Pardee's 60th anniversary and return the initial $1 million they invested in us as we were getting started in the community," adds Ryan Harman, President of Pardee Hospital Foundation Board. "To our donors here tonight, we could not have done this without your help over the years – your gifts have helped us grow our portfolio and make significant contributions to Pardee Hospital. Your investment in us and your partnership with us has been a vital element in our success over the years and we are proud to make this donation back to the hospital leadership."
Pardee Hospital Foundation’s 2012 Women Helping Women campaign raised more than $130,000 to help patients who cannot afford vital health care treatments and screenings at Pardee Hospital.
More than 300 supporters attended the 2012 Women Helping Women Dinner on Thursday night or the 15th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon Friday afternoon at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock. Two new Women of Hope were honored and will be added to the impactful Women of Hope portrait display at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center: Dana Carpenter and Jean Faulkner.
Dana Carpenter of Hendersonville is a retired financial planner who has been a survivor of colon cancer since 1989. Last year she suddenly discovered she had heart disease. She had a successful quadruple bypass and valve surgery but it was complicated when a cracked sternum caused by advanced osteoporosis required a second surgery. She praises her medical care at Pardee Hospital. Today Carpenter is well healed and living life to the fullest. She serves as a Deacon and leads the Newcomers Class at First Presbyterian Church, serves as the activities chairperson on Lake Pointe Landing’s Residents Council, takes Yoga classes and enjoys a full social life and travel. “I love life and I believe my challenge is to live as long and as well as I am able to. I love to be a blessing to others,” said Dana Carpenter.
Jean Faulkner, is a Hendersonville native who was born in Pardee Hospital and worked as an obstetrics nurse for more than 30 years. Despite having no risk factors, staying fit and playing tennis regularly, Faulkner was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. She praises her team of Pardee physicians and Pardee Breast Care Navigator, Kristy Capps, for coordinating her breast cancer surgery and follow-up care. She is thankful for the support she received from her husband, family, friends and her church family at United Methodist Church during her journey back to health. “I was amazed at how many people embraced me. Women from my church that had breast cancer 30 years ago found me and embraced me,” Faulkner says. “Let other people help you. Don’t try to do it yourself. Stay positive and look on the bright side.”
Henderson County’s breast cancer rate was one of the state’s highest in 1998 when Women Helping Women was founded by a group of compassionate and concerned women. Working hand-in-hand with Pardee Hospital Foundation, they started Women Helping Women to raise funds for women who couldn’t afford to pay for breast cancer screenings and women’s health treatments.
Today the program has grown to include financial assistance to patients who are uninsured or underinsured and need health care for breast and other women’s cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis and other life-threatening illnesses. More than $1.6 million has been raised and nearly 1,000 patients have been helped. Henderson County now has one of the state’s highest breast cancer survival rates.