[caption id="attachment_420" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Kristy Capps & Rhonda Fain provide tours of the new cancer resource room at the recent Doctor's Day reception."][/caption] The cancer resource room has moved to the Kayden Center to provide more convenient access to the patients of the Pardee Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center. The move also provides a much larger space. The resource room was previously housed at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall. The cancer resource room allows women undergoing cancer treatment to find the right wig, prosthesis, turban, scarf, mastectomy bra, clothing or hat at no charge. The room is provided in cooperation with the American Cancer Society. Congratulations to Kristy Capps and Melanie Tecklenburgh for creating such a warm, beautiful space for our female cancer patients. [caption id="attachment_421" align="alignnone" width="420" caption="Cancer Resource Room at the Kayden Center"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_401" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Carol Copenhaver, M.D."][/caption]
Pardee Hospital is proud to announce that Carol Copenhaver, M.D., M.S.P.H., has recently joined its medical staff, and is currently accepting new patients at Pardee Mills River Family Health Center located at 9 Crossroad Drive in Mills River, N.C. Dr. Copenhaver received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine also in Chapel Hill. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Rochester’s Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Copenhaver also received her master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she was in private practice with a family medicine group in Allentown, Pa. Dr. Copenhaver is a board certified family practice physician and joins the long-established practice of Bob Webb, M.D. and William A. Hull, PA. She lives in the area with her husband, Chris Copenhaver, an allergist with Allergy Partners, and their three children. She is excited to take advantage of the mountains and enjoys running, hiking and camping.
“I enjoy family medicine because I like to focus on keeping people as healthy as possible,” said Copenhaver. “I look forward to getting to know families from the youngest to oldest members, hearing their stories and sharing in their successes as well as their setbacks.”
Pardee will celebrate Certified Nurses Day, this Friday, March 19,by honoring board certified nurses. “We are thrilled and proud to celebrate the 87 board certified nurses on Pardee’s staff,” said Pat Ashe, chief nursing officer. “It is our hope that this recognition shows appreciation to the nursing staff for the personal dedication and persistence required to achieve and maintain this level of national certification.” Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. A registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice. However, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.
Pardee Hospital encourages national board certification for nurses. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, perioperative, gerontology, oncology, research, obstetrics, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Please join Pardee Hospital and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!
To see the list of nurses on staff that are being recognized for their board certification click here.
[caption id="attachment_311" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Susan Lawrence performs an audiogram at Pardee Urgent Care"][/caption]
Susan Lawrence, R.N., COHC, occupational health nurse at Pardee Urgent Care, recently became a certified occupational hearing conservationist (COHC). The certification process involves a series of application steps and verification, completion of a Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) approved course, followed by rigorous training. This credentialing is prudent to demonstrate competency in OSHA requirements. The credential establishes a high level of training and practice.
CAOHC is an organization dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of training standards for those who safeguard hearing in the workplace. CAOHC training is done by certified course directors, follows a specific time and content outline, and is pre-registered with the agency. The initial course requires 20 contact hours of lecture and practicum. CAOHC certification offers the occupational hearing conservationist (OHC) credibility and also serves as verification that the conservationist has been trained to the highest standards.
For the most part, an occupational hearing conservation program focuses on noise because it is the most prevalent agent that causes hearing loss in the workplace. More than 18 million workers are exposed to harmful levels of noise. Noise is the only agent that has regulations to prevent it from causing hearing loss. Learning about noise and its effect upon hearing are extremely important elements in occupational hearing conservation.
For more information about the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation visit them online at www.caohc.org or call (414) 276-5338.