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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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Standard flu vaccine available at Pardee Health Education Center

Standard flu vaccines will be available Thursday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that by getting a flu vaccine, one can protect themselves from influenza as well as avoid spreading it to others.  This is an inactivated vaccine given by injection and is available to those who are 16 years of age or older. The standard flu vaccine is $25 and may be purchased by cash, check, credit card or traditional Medicare Part B.  Supplemental and private insurance will not be processed, but receipts will be issued for patient reimbursement submissions.  No appointments are necessary.  For more information, please call 692-4600.

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Jay Whitmore and Susan Greene to speak about hereditary emphysema at Pardee Health Education Center

Jay Whitmore, Alpha 1 Advocate, and Susan Greene, Senior Territory Manager with Coram Specialty Infusion Services, will present “Hereditary emphysema?  Could your genes be responsible?” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 2 – 3 p.m. at Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. This presentation includes a lecture on Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and the simple three minute test associated with hereditary emphysema.  Those who have been diagnosed with COPD, emphysema, or uncontrolled asthma are encouraged to attend.  Free screenings for Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency will be offered beginning Nov. 1.  This presentation is free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling 692-4600.

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Pardee encourages women to schedule their annual mammogram for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee encourages women who are 40 years of age or older, or women with a family history of breast cancer to schedule their annual mammogram. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.  The American Cancer Society states that early detection of breast cancer by mammography can lead to a greater range of treatment options. “The two greatest risk factors for developing breast cancer are age and being female.  Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about these specific risks but we can be proactive and go for our yearly, screening mammograms,” said Kristy Capps, RN III, BSN, CBPN-IC, Breast Care Navigator at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee. “Early detection is our best protection.  Just a few, quick minutes can be lifesaving.” Women who receive their annual mammogram at Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee during the month of October will be entered to win one of 20 spa gift baskets.  To schedule an annual mammogram at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee, please call (828) 698-7334.  The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center is a division of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital, a comprehensive cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.  The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center is also one of 17 breast centers in the nation and the only breast center in North Carolina to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC).  The center offers a full range of advanced treatment and diagnostic services, performed by highly qualified cancer specialists.  Services include surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, advanced radiology and laboratory diagnostic support and clinical treatment trials.  Community education programs, cancer screenings, support groups and holistic patient and family support are available.

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NAMI to present Family-to-Family program at Pardee Health Education Center

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present Family-to-Family from 6 – 8:30 p.m. each Monday beginning Sept. 12 and continuing through Nov. 28 at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. This 12 week educational program is designed to help caregivers, family members and significant others understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well being.  This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling 1-888-955-NAMI (6264).

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