[caption id="attachment_271" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Generations of Excellence donors tour the operating room with Eileen Stepp."]
On Monday, February 8, a group of Pardee Hospital Foundation
donors took part in the first ever “Making Rounds” tour of the orthopedic unit and even experienced a trip to the operating room to view a live surgery. The donors were each members of the Foundation’s Generations of Excellence Society
. The tour was created as a way for Pardee Hospital Foundation donors to get a look at what goes on behind the scenes at Pardee. This tour specifically focused on the orthopedic unit
where the donors in attendance where able to see equipment that their previous donations had purchased as well as learn about the needs in the current orthopedic renovation. Dr. Amal K. Das, Jr. allowed the group into his operating room for a once-in-a-lifetime sneak peek at a joint replacement surgery. Howard Carl, Jr., a member of the Pardee Hospital Foundation Finance Committee, was particularly interested in this surgery as he had previously had a similar joint replacement surgery. “One of the most amazing things to me was learning how much money was needed for all of the equipment utilized during surgery,” Carl said after seeing all of the state-of-the-art equipment used during joint replacements. Generation's donor, Stan Massie, was fascinated while watching the live surgery, “I loved it, if I could have stayed for the entire surgery, I would have.” The tour was guided by Debbie Patrick, director of development for the Pardee Hospital Foundation and Eileen Stepp, nursing director of Surgical Services. Future Making Rounds tours are planned for dates throughout this year, if you would be interested in attending, contact the Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666.