Pardee Hospital Foundation named Dorothy (Dot) Marlow, as its 2010 Healthcare Philanthropist of the Year at the annual donor recognition and cultivation event held at Rainbow Row in Flat Rock on June 3. Pardee Foundation’s board of directors presents this award each year to a member of the community that has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee Hospital, the Pardee Foundation and for the improvement of the community’s health care. The recipient acts as an advocate for philanthropy and perpetuates giving within the community. Past winners of this award include Marcia Caserio, L. Howard Carl, Jr., Bob and Doris Eklund, Colin Thomas, M.D., Grace Vineyard, and Phillip Sellers, M.D. The award was presented to Marlow by Dr. Sellers. In selecting this year’s award recipient previous winners of the award recognized Marlow’s long-time dedication to Pardee Hospital and Pardee Foundation, Pardee’s Chaplaincy program as well as numerous other organizations in Henderson County. Marlow’s selfless determination and proven leadership has been demonstrated in multiple settings. Her achievements include 2006 recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award from the WNC Association of Fundraising Professionals and 2005 recipient of the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s Sauer Award. For over 25 years Marlow has served as board member of Pardee’s Chaplaincy program, and a board member of Pardee Hospital and Pardee Foundation. Marlow led the effort as chair of Pardee’s public relations board helping to complete the history of Pardee Hospital book entitled, “Generations of Excellence” which was authored by Louise Bailey. Marlow was the first female board chair of the Community Foundation of Henderson County, president of the United Way campaign, fundraising chair for a community campaign for Vocational Solutions, leader in Pardee’s $5 million emergency department fundraising campaign, and Hendersonville United Methodist Church fundraising campaign. “Not the least of her involvements has included the teaching of the Alma Lee Chevis Sunday School class at the First Methodist Church for many years. She has perpetuated her strong faith in her many interactions with organizations. Her positive work has benefitted so many,” remarked Sellers. Pardee Foundation’s annual donor recognition event is held as a way of thanking the donors of the Generations of Excellence Society. Members of this society donate $1,000 or more to Pardee each year to enhance the services provided by the hospital. The event was supported through sponsorships from Pardee Hospital Foundation, Carolina First Bank, Edward Jones-Ryan Harman and lead sponsor, ParsecFinancial. Additional contributions were made by Boyd Automotive, The Fresh Market, Flat Rock Village Hall, Singleton Centre, and Michaelian Home.
The 15th Annual Pardee Foundation Tournament of Champions took place on Monday, May 17, at Kenmure Golf and Country Club. The event raised $93,236.88 to assist with the planned renovations to Pardee Hospital’s nationally recognized orthopedic unit. This year’s event featured a new 9-hole tournament in the morning with 27 golfers, followed by the traditional 18-hole tournament in the afternoon with a full field of 130 players. More than 40 volunteers ensured that the event ran smoothly. This event has raised more than $1 million since 1996 to support Pardee Hospital facilities, equipment and programs. Proceeds from the tournament will help fund planned renovations to Pardee’s orthopedic unit which is consistently benchmarked among other top orthopedic programs in the nation. These renovations include upgrades to the current 25 patient rooms and the addition of five patient rooms, enlargement of group therapy space, equipment purchases for orthopedic surgeries and a new conference area. All of these renovations will support the growth in orthopedic and spine procedures to address the growing needs of our community. Gladys Nesbitt, nursing director of orthopedics at Pardee Hospital, said, “As the number of patients in our Joint Camp program has steadily increased, it has become readily apparent that our facilities at Pardee need to be expanded and renovated. These changes will allow us to offer even more services to patients who chose our destination for their surgical needs.” Thank you to the many sponsors, volunteers, committee members, golfers, and staff who made this event such a great success. [gallery link="file" orderby="title"]