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Steve Crane, M.D., assumes Full Professor status with the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-CH

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The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee recognized as Center of Distinction

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee has been recognized with the Wound Care Center of Distinction Award by Diversified Clinical Services, Inc. (DCS), the world’s leading wound care management company.  Anne Campbell, clinical coordinator, said, “We are very proud of this award. We have an extraordinary team here at Pardee and are evidence-based in our practice. We work very hard to provide a positive experience for each of our patients.” “We’re honored,” said Rachel Beal, program director of the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee. “It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the hospital, physicians, and DCS. Together, we are able to heal patients in our community, getting them get back to living happy, healthy lives.” This award is presented in honor of exceptional patient outcomes the center has achieved, including a patient satisfaction rate of 98 percent, and a 98 percent wound healing rate within 27 median days to heal. The only wound center in Western North Carolina to receive this recognition, Pardee is also one of only three centers in the state, and 54 centers across the country acknowledged as a Wound Care Center of Distinction. Wound centers throughout the United States are eligible for this award by achieving high benchmarks for quality and patient satisfaction, and maintaining them for a full calendar year.   Check out coverage from the Hvillescoop  

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Pardee Hospital celebrates National Cancer Registrars Week

Pardee Hospital recognizes the dedication of our cancer registrar, Carol Burke, during the week of Apr. 9 – 13. "Much of what we know about cancer in the U.S., incidence, geographic distribution, age distribution, racial and ethnic disparities, treatment effects, and a million other things, we know because cancer registrars collect the data. With data we have truth; without it we just have opinions," said James E. Radford M.D., principal investigator for Pardee’s cancer clinical trials program. Cancer registrars are data information specialists that collect and code patient-level data for cancer registries. The registries provide essential information to health care providers and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs. Cancer registrars work in a variety of cancer treatment and research settings and manage a wide range of demographic and medical data on those with cancer. The information is submitted and utilized by state and national cancer registries to enable cancer programs to accurately determine cancer patient populations, measure outcomes of treatment and survival, and formulate plans for improvement. “Cancer Registrars are educated specifically about the management of cancer data. The accuracy of this information is paramount in ongoing cancer care and research. A Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) has the specialty training necessary to manage these statistics precisely and efficiently,” said Thomas L. Eisenhauer, M.D. “A new standard beginning Jan. 1, 2012, set forth by the Commission on Cancer requires that these numbers be abstracted by a CTR. Carol Burke performs her role as the tumor registrar efficiently and skillfully, and plays a very vital role in the Comprehensive Cancer program at Pardee.”

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Tiffany Hoyle, RN-BC, receives national certification in Medical Surgical Nursing

Tiffany Hoyle, RN-BC, recently received national certification in Medical Surgical Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Hoyle has been employed with Pardee for eight years, and works on the oncology unit. She received her nursing degree from Mayland Community College, located in Spruce Pine, N.C. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program® and the Pathway to Excellence® Program; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education.

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Cindy Hagat, RN-BC, receives national certification in Gerontology Nursing

Cindy Hagat, RN-BC, recently received national certification in Gerontology Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Hagat has been employed with Pardee since 2010 and works with medical, surgical and oncology patients. She received her nursing degree from Akron Institute of Herzing University located in Akron, Ohio. Hagat is also a certified chemotherapy nurse.  Hagat is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Carolina Mountain Chapter of the National Gerontological Nursing Association. The American Nurses Credentialing Center is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and provides resources to nursing individuals and organizations to achieve excellence in their specialty nursing practices.

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