[caption id="attachment_2177" align="alignleft" width="218" caption="Sarah Bentley, RN II, BSN, BC"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2178" align="alignleft" width="221" caption="Janice Farmer, RN III, OCN, BC"][/caption]
Sarah Bentley, RN II, BSN, BC, and Janice Farmer, RN III, OCN, BC have passed a rigorous national exam and are now board certified in Medical/Surgical Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Bentley received her bachelor’s degree in science and nursing at Gardner Webb University. While pursuing national certification, she attended a specialty course through the Oncology Nursing Society to be certified to administer chemotherapy. She also became a nursing preceptor through the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville.
Farmer received her nursing education at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. She is now dual-certified in Oncology Nursing (OCN) and Medical Surgical Nursing (BC). Certified through the Oncology Nursing Society to administer chemotherapy, Farmer is a member of the Pardee Cancer Committee and the Nursing Professional Development Committee.
“Sarah are Janice are delightful, caring and highly competent nurses,” said Sandy Weeks, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, director of medical and oncology nursing at Pardee Hospital. “They provide wonderful patient centered care to in-patients and out-patients on the medical/oncology unit at Pardee.”
The ANCC provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. It is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. ANCC certification exams validate nurses’ skills, knowledge, and abilities. More than a quarter million nurses have been certified by ANCC since 1990.
Pardee Hospital’s laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.
Laboratory director, Karla Ketwitz, was congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” Pardee Hospital’s laboratory is one of the more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. “Our continued commitment to providing the highest level of care to our patient’s is demonstrated by this result,” Ketwitz said. “I want to thank all the lab associates for all they do to make this distinction possible.”
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients. The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.
Daniel Timmerman, D.O., a local surgeon, has performed North Carolina’s first Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure, or TIF, at Pardee Hospital.
“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 more invasive procedures without incisions.”
For more information, call 698-0581.
The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee is dedicated to the provision of state-of-the-art, outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine for acute and chronic wounds. All levels of clinical staff on our team are trained in the most current evidence based-practices for problem wound management and hyperbaric medicine. Patient care is provided in partnership with Diversified Clinical Services, the leading national provider of wound care services, that touts an 88% healing rate within 31 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.
When a patient is referred to the Center, they will receive a complete physical and wound assessment with treatment based on wound etiology and state of the art wound care modalities. Our treatment process includes a holistic approach, addressing underlying problems, and educating for prevention and treatment.
Call us at (828) 696-4284