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UNC Cancer Network attends Pardee Hospital’s cancer conference to introduce new clinical trials for local cancer patients

The University of North Carolina Cancer Network visited Pardee Hospital at the end of December 2011 to meet with Pardee’s Cancer research staff and physicians to discuss additional clinical trials here for local cancer patients. “Participation in clinical trials is an opportunity for patients to receive the most-advanced cancer treatment, and at the same time, make a real difference for patients who will be diagnosed with cancer in coming years.  Pardee has a long record of making this opportunity a reality for our patients, and the partnership with the UNC Cancer Network will expand those opportunities, bringing our patients state-of-the-art treatment close to where they live and work,” said James Radford, M.D., principal investigator for the cancer clinical trials program at Pardee. Currently, Pardee is offering 52 clinical trials. Pardee’s partnership with UNC Cancer Network will result in additional clinical trials available to patients locally at Pardee. These additional will be a benefit to both the patients and the physicians, and will help Pardee’s Comprehensive Cancer Center maintain national standards. As a nationally recognized cancer treatment and research facility, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee is dedicated to using the latest technology and innovative therapies.  The Cancer Center hosts community education programs, support groups, provides cancer screenings and holistic support and care for patients and their families dealing with cancer.

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Julie Gephardt, BSN, RN, receives national certification in Gerontological Nursing

Julie Gephardt, BSN, RN, recently received national certification in Gerontological Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Gephardt has been employed with Pardee since 2010, and serves as a staff nurse on the telemetry/step down floor where she takes care of critically ill patients who require 24 hour telemetry monitoring.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, 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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Pardee designated as Distinguished TIF Center-Gold :: Only one in NC

Pardee Hospital has just been designated as a Distinguished TIF Center-Gold (see www.endogastricsolutions.com) and is the only hospital in North Carolina to receive this designation. Pardee is also the only hospital within a 200 mile radius that performs the TIF procedure. Pardee is excited to announce this designation. Daniel Timmerman, D.O., a local surgeon, performs this surgery and was the first in North Carolina to conduct a Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure, or TIF. “The TIF procedure can significantly improve the quality of life for our patients,” said Dr. Timmerman.  “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is an anatomical problem which needs an anatomical solution.  Reflux medication can help to relieve patients’ heartburn symptoms but don’t solve the underlying anatomical problems or prevent further disease progression.” The TIF procedure is based on the established principles of surgical repair of the anti-reflux barrier, except that it is performed transorally (through the mouth).  The procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent reflux.  Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar. “Recent studies show that TIF can reduce patients’ dependency on medications with 79 percent of patients remaining off of their daily medications after two years and experiencing a dramatic improvement in their quality of life,” said Dr. Timmerman.  “With millions of Americans suffering with daily symptoms of reflux, we are very excited to be able to offer our patients the same incredible benefits as other invasive procedures without incisions.” For more information, call 698-0581 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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They live without pain

We've just finished an exciting, four commercial, series for the Pardee Orthopedic Center of Excellence. The commercials are simply a conversation between our surgeons and their patients. You may even recognize some of the people. You'll see Dr. John Hicks and Dr. Werner Brooks from Blue Ridge Bone & Joint. You'll also see Dr. Amal Das and Dr. Brian Seng from Hendersonville Orthopaedics. You can find other patient testimonials here. We are proud of our physicians and services and it helps that our programs are nationally recognized as well.

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Pardee Welcomes New Physicians

Pardee Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of these physicians to our medical community. Ashley L. Westmoreland, DMD (Dentistry) is associated with WNC Dental Center in Asheville. Dr. Westmoreland received her dental medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Westmoreland is on the active medical staff at Pardee Hospital. Benjamin E. Pusser, DO (Hospitalist) is associated with TST Medical, PA. Dr. Pusser received his medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. He completed residency at Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program in Concord, NC. Dr. Pusser is board certified in family medicine and is on the active medical staff at Pardee Hospital. Clint W. Hamrick, MD (Emergency Medicine) has joined Pardee Urgent Care. Dr. Hamrick received his medical degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, NC and completed residency at Geisinger Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency in Danville, PA. Dr. Hamrick is board Certified in Emergency Medicine.

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