Created on Monday, 02 July 2012 11:38
Written by Kristie Harris
Beginning in 2004, Pardee Foundation has recognized philanthropy to Pardee Hospital, as well as other healthcare organizations, by recognizing one individual annually through the “Healthcare Philanthropist Award.” The award exemplifies outstanding volunteerism and support of Pardee Hospital and Pardee Foundation, community involvement and philanthropic support and community leadership. Through the recognition, the award nominee encourages others to support Pardee and the community through generous giving.
At the June 30 event, Pardee Foundation recognized the generosity of Eleanora Meloun, a long-time Hendersonville resident. Mrs. Meloun came to Hendersonville in the 1950’s with her husband Chuck as he endeavored to expand and grow the General Electric business in this community. They were later transferred to Pennsylvania and Chicago but returned to their Hendersonville home for good.
A strong advocate for “our community hospital, Pardee,” Mrs. Meloun’s giving is often done anonymously. She has supported major projects at Pardee, along with other community organizations. She volunteered for many years with Pardee’s Auxiliary and has been a life-long volunteer. From referring friends to Pardee physicians to hosting educational events for Pardee to actively managing her own good health through exercise and an always positive attitude, Eleanora is a staunch believer and supporter of health issues in our community.
Myra Grant, retiring Executive Director of Pardee Foundation says, “Throughout my career at Pardee, Eleanora has always been supportive of my efforts and those of Pardee Hospital. As I leave Pardee I can only strive for the same spirit of community and enthusiasm for life as that shown by Mrs. Meloun.”
The Boys Club also honored Mrs. Meloun as a “local hero”; the Community Foundation honored her with the Sauer Award. The award was presented by 2009 Healthcare Philanthropist, Dr. Phil Sellers.
The June 30th
donor event also honored the 16 years of service to Pardee for Myra Grant, retiring Executive Director of Pardee Foundation. The Board of Directors of Pardee Foundation established the Myra N. Grant Women’s Initiative Endowment to honor her work. This special fund will provide resources for women’s programs and services at Pardee Hospital. Earlier this year, Ms. Grant was honored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce with the Athena Award, an international award recognizing mentoring of women, leadership and community service.
Created on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:26
Written by Kristie Harris
Pardee Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant to assist with the treatment of behavioral health and substance abuse patients who come to Pardee’s emergency department from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The project will improve the lives of residents of Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties by assisting with the implementation of a transitional care model of specialized, group and recreational therapies for behavioral health patients awaiting transfer to other facilities in North Carolina. With a growing mental health patient base, this program expands Pardee’s existing continuum of care for the more than 200 mental health patients per month. In addition to the $145,228 grant from the Trust, other funds will be provided by Pardee Hospital and Pardee Hospital Foundation.
“The ED Psych Transitional unit is a patient centered area that will facilitate beginning therapies by specialized social workers and recreational therapist to the mental health patient during the time they are awaiting placement. We anticipate patients will actually have a lower length of stay, with appropriate patients being discharged with a plan to include an outpatient appointment. This overall plan will assist Pardee, the primary provider of mental health services in Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties by saving admissions to inappropriate or higher cost services and opening some beds for other emergency patients in the main ED,” said Gayle Sams, Director of Emergency Services at Pardee Hospital.
Pardee’s emergency department is the second largest in the WNC region, serving over 30,000 patients per year and an additional 22,000 in our urgent care facility. The base of patients with substance abuse and mental health issues has steadily been growing over the past three years and is averaging over 150 per month. This new service will allow for a higher percentage of behavioral health patients to be served by Pardee’s therapy resources in a local setting and transferred to state facilities for only the most extreme/violent cases.
Created on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:56
Written by Kristie Harris
Pardee Foundation’s Seventeenth Annual Tournament of Champions at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock raised more than $115,000 to purchase medical equipment for Pardee Hospital.
“The goal of the 2012 Tournament of Champions – to raise at least $95,000 to help Pardee buy portable x-ray units that create instant digital views for physicians at patients’ bedsides was exceeded,” said William Lapsley, co-chair of Pardee Foundation’s 2012 Tournament Committee and a member of Pardee Hospital’s Board of Directors. “Everyone I talked to had positive comments about this year’s Tournament,” Lapsley said. “I got several comments from people who thought it was great that we had so many volunteers helping with the tournament.”
Lapsley, who also serves on Pardee Hospital’s Board of Directors, served as co-chair of this year’s Tournament Committee with Pardee Foundation President Lynn Matykiewicz. Lapsley played with a team in the 18-hole tournament in the afternoon and Matykiewicz played in the morning’s 9-hole event.
More than 160 golfers competed in Pardee Foundation’s popular 9 and 18-hole tournaments to give back to our community’s health care.
UNC Health Care System, generously served as the Lead Sponsor of this year’s Tournament of Champions. Hendersonville Health & Rehab/Beystone Health & Rehab, a Sanstone Community, and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Asheville served as Diamond Sponsors. Eight other organizations – Ameri-Quipt of NC, Inc., HealthCare Claims Management, LINCARE, Pardee Hospital, ParsecFinancial Management, Inc., the Times-News, Wright McGraw Beyer Architects, PA., and USB Financial Services/Bill Gold, supported the Tournament as Gold Sponsors. In all, 51 sponsors supported the tournament.
Click here for a great video of the tournament.
Since 1996, the Tournament of Champions has raised more than $1.4 million to expand Pardee Hospital, improve services and purchase equipment to strengthen patient care. For more information, please call the Pardee Foundation at 696-4666, visit www.pardeehospitalfoundation.org
Created on Thursday, 24 May 2012 14:44
Written by Kristie Harris
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Myra Grant, our Vice President, Philanthropy and Community Accountability was just announced as the recipient of the 2012 Athena Award.
Myra was one of 11 women nominated for the annual ATHENA Leadership Award® in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. The award is given to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.
ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients. The award is the highlight of the Business and Professional Women's Luncheon held every year as part of Henderson County's observance of National Small Business Week.
You can find coverage of this event here: