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[caption id="attachment_1836" align="alignleft" width="144" caption="Jackie Pflug"][/caption] Featured speaker, Jackie Pflug, for the Pardee Hospital Foundation's Women Helping Women events shared her life lessons after surviving an airplane hijacking and cancer.  If you missed her article in Times-News on Saturday, click here to read it online. -L

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13th Annual Women Helping Women Events

Pardee Hospital Foundation hosted its 13th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon on October 22 at Kenmure Country Club.  Guests were there to unite for one cause – to help women in our community with their healthcare needs.  Attendees came together to celebrate survivorship and to see how their collaborative gifts touch so many lives. The previous evening, on October 21, guests enjoyed the beautiful garden setting at Mélange Inn for the Meet the Speaker Dinner. Over $1.4 million has been raised since 1998 and has made a direct impact on Pardee Hospital by providing much needed equipment, facilities and services for women. The Women Helping Women program provides financial assistance to uninsured women with their healthcare needs at Pardee Hospital in regards to breast and other cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other critical women’s health needs. These funds have touched the lives of over 900 women in need in our community. Thank you to the 80 sponsors and numerous supporters of our 2010 Women Helping Women events. Because of your generosity nearly $125,000 was raised to perpetuate the Women Helping Women program that makes a difference in the lives of women in need in Henderson County. Photos from the luncheon at Kenmure Country Club are below. Stay tuned for more photos to come from the dinner at Mélange Inn. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]

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A Neighborly Thing to Do

Color her world beautiful.  Whether tending the vibrant floral garden alongside her enclosed porch or opening the doors of her home for a casual, informational evening, Joan Martin spends her time making a difference in the world around her.  When a Pardee Foundation volunteer asked her to host an event she knew it could be a positive way to help the hospital. Being a cancer-survivor, she picked a program about cancer services including the nationally recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center located at the hospital.  She and husband Jerry invited friends from their Sugar Hollow neighborhood to gather for wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as to hear W. Mark McCollough, MD, with Mountain Radiation Oncology, speak about oncology research and the value of the Center of Excellence to the community. Joan believes that her neighbors are lucky to have Pardee nearby.  And the Foundation knows that it is fortunate to have the friendship of the Martins.  Thanks, Joan and Jerry, for the gracious hospitality and wonderful evening of sharing.  If you would like to host an event or give in other ways, please contact the Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666.

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Behind the Red Line

[gallery link="file" order="DESC"] In November 2009, Charlie Bertini had his hip replaced at Pardee Hospital.   In August 2010, less than a year later, he returned to the Orthopedic Unit.  This time, however, he and his wife Joan were part of a tour group of eight who walked the Pardee halls to see expansions and upgrades underway in the Orthopedic Department as well as to view a surgery. It was all part of Making Rounds, the behind-the-scenes tour designed to give members of the community greater awareness of what goes on at Pardee.   After each person signed a confidentiality agreement and put on scrubs, they were introduced to Eileen Stepp, nursing director of Surgical Services.  She took them “behind the red line” where the public generally can not go. Seeing the surgical procedure remains a highlight for Charlie.  “I was really impressed with the efficiency, cordiality and how everyone worked together.  This was an extremely professional team,” he said following the experience. Does Charlie recommend Making Rounds to others?  “Absolutely,” he responded.  “Seeing an operation is a unique experience and I appreciated getting an understanding of all that is involved.” Tours are organized by the Pardee Hospital Foundation.  If you would like to learn more, please contact the Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666.

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CEO Luncheon

[gallery link="file" order="DESC"] On Tuesday, August 31, the Pardee Hospital Foundation sponsored a special luncheon for loyal donors at Highland Lake Inn.  Kris Hoce, President/CEO of Pardee Hospital, presented “Navigating Change”, an explanation of how Pardee Hospital is positioned for the emerging changes of federal healthcare reform. The sold out crowd was eager to learn what aspects of healthcare reform will impact our community the most, as well as what they should expect as individuals receiving healthcare.  When asked about the future of The Free Clinics, Dr. Colin Thomas reported necessary services will continue, such as pharmacy and diabetes care, and he commended Pardee for the recent restructuring of its charity care policies to now include outpatient services.  “This is a great service for our low-income population.” Attendees were very appreciative for the comprehensive information and look forward to future educational events from the Foundation.

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