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Joel Callahan, M.D., to discuss diabetic neuropathy at the Pardee Health Education Center

Joel Callahan, M.D., with Pardee Neurology Associates, will discuss diabetic neuropathy on Wed., Nov. 16, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. During this presentation, Dr. Callahan will provide a basic understanding of diabetic neuropathy, why it occurs, and discuss the risk factors that are associated with this chronic condition.  There will also be a discussion on treatment strategies as well as strategies on living with neuropathy.  “According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, about 60 – 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage, and diabetes nerve disease is a major contributing cause of lower-extremity amputations.  By learning more about how neuropathy affects the body and taking positive steps to control diabetes, people can lower the risk of this serious complication,” said Nina Lovern, BSN, RN-BC, CDE, Nurse Educator and Perspectives Diabetes Program Coordinator. This presentation is free and open to the public.  Registration is requested by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355).

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Katherine Volatile, M.D., to speak about aging effects of the eye at Pardee Health Education Center

Katherine Volatile, M.D., with Looking Glass Eye Center, will speak about aging effects of the eye on Tue., Nov. 15, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. In this presentation, Dr. Volatile will explain the changes that occur in the eyes as we age as well as how to maintain ocular health. This presentation is free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355).

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Prostate screenings offered at Pardee Health Education Center

Prostate screenings will be offered Friday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. Seth Novoselksy, M.D., with Padee Urological Associates, will perform the prostate exams.  Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood work will also be available.  This testing is highly recommended for men over the age of 50 on a yearly basis. The cost for PSA testing is $10.  Appointments are required by calling the Pardee Health Education Center at 692-4600.

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Wound Center Open House

Pardee was pleased to host the opening of the new Comprehensive Wound Healing Center last night. The new center is on the 2nd floor inside Pardee Hospital. The Chamber of Commerce was present for a ribbon cutting. The new center will have the addition of hyperbaric oxygen chamber (HBO) for patients to use for non-healing wounds. “Our expanded space – along with HBO capability – affords this community with a state of the art facility for the treatment of non-healing wounds. The physical plant, coupled with the dedicated staff and the knowledge base of DCS is unparalleled.” - Charles Albers, MD, FACS, Medical Director

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Partners in Public Health Distinguished Group Award

Pardee Hospital and Park Ridge Hospital were awarded the Partners in Public Health Distinguished Group Award at the North Carolina Public Health Association’s 2011 Annual Education Conference for their shared role in time, service, and monetary contributions that allowed the Department of Public Health to purchase flu vaccine for Henderson County’s school children in October 2010. “We could not have done this public service without the help of our valuable community partners,” said Tom Bridges, Health Director. “Because of Pardee Hospital and Park Ridge Health’s generosity and with earnings from some other flu immunization clinics, a total of 1700 vaccines were made available to children who would have otherwise had to pay or go without.” The two hospitals received their awards at the NCPHA’s 100th Conference held September 21-23 at the Charlotte Hilton University Place. Accepting the award were Betsy Algood of Pardee Hospital and Joyce Roush of Park Ridge Health. In October 2009, the Department of Public Health administered over 3,100 free flu vaccines from the NC Immunization Branch to all Henderson County students. The Health Department had an overwhelming response from parents to these clinics held at the four middle grade schools. In 2010 due to financial cutbacks, the Immunization Branch could provide free flu vaccine to only Vaccine For Children (VFC) eligible children. The school flu immunization clinics would not be able to take place. Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital representatives responded to the cutbacks by agreeing to donate their revenue from a mass adult immunization clinic to the Health Department for the purchase of vaccine for Henderson County students. On September 16-17, 2010, Pardee Health Education Center donated space, staff, and resources to provide a central location for a mass adult flu immunization clinic. Park Ridge Health also donated nurses, clerical support, and other resources. The revenue raised and donated from that clinic along with earnings from smaller adult flu immunization clinics combined to purchase 1,700 vaccines. With the vaccine provided from the NC Immunization Branch and the donation from Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital, over 3,000 doses of flu vaccine were made available to  county students. Hville Scoop covered this event int he media: click here to read

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