Thomas L. Eisenhauer, M.D., FACS, of Pardee Surgical Associates was recently appointed to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control by the North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Dr. Eisenhauer will be serving on this committee through August 31, 2018.
Governor McCrory stated, "Dr. Eisenhauer's service will make an immediate and positive impact upon the changes we are making in our state. We need leaders such as him in public service to help promote our vision and realization of a better North Carolina."
The mission of the Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control is to facilitate the reduction of cancer incidence and mortality for all North Carolinians, enhance statewide access to quality treatment and support services, and maximize quality of life for all North Carolina cancer survivors, patients, and their loved ones through educating and advising government officials, policy makers, public and private organizations, and the public.Dr. Eisenhauer's commitment to the advancement of cancer treatment and prevention ensures that the residents in western North Carolina receive the very best care and treatment possible while remaining at the forefront of the minds of policy and decision makers.
"Pardee Hospital has always been dedicated to improving the health and well being of the region. It has been my pleasure to work alongside dedicated clinical staff that is willing to take this a step further, by working to improve health care at a state and national level. Dr. Eisenhauer's commitment to cancer treatment is one of many testaments to the quality of care found at Pardee Hospital and within the UNC Health Care family," stated Jay Kirby, President and CEO of Pardee Hospital.
In addition to Dr. Eisenhauer's role as a General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon with Pardee Surgical Associates, he is also active on a regional and national level in the fight against cancer. He has been an elected Diplomat to the Commission on Cancer (CoC), representing the American College of Surgeons, since 1994. He is a surveyor for the CoC, reviewing other cancer programs nationally, and serves as Chairman of the Field Staff Subcommittee, tasked with training and overseeing all national surveyors. He currently serves as the North Carolina State Chairman for the CoC Cancer Liaison Program and is a member of the Ethics Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Eisenhauer has also been a featured speaker at numerous national meetings, speaking on behalf of the CoC.
Dr. Eisenhauer stated, "This appointment by Governor McCrory will enable me to bring to the state level the cancer activities and knowledge that I have been exposed to nationally through my roles with the CoC. By being involved with cancer care locally, regionally and nationally, I have the ability to help each of the programs at their specific levels of regulations. Ultimately, I hope this will be to the benefit of our cancer patients here locally, as well as far beyond."
Pardee Spirit of Women Program Presents:
"Connecting the Dots: Your Digestive System and Feeling Healthy"
The Pardee Spirit of Women Program will host, "Connecting the Dots: Your Digestive System and Feeling Healthy" on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pardee Signature Care Center.
Internist, Daniel Grace, M.D., from Pardee Fletcher Medical Associates, will discuss how the digestive system works, what organs play a role in digestion, and what to do when the digestive system is not functioning at its best. Information will be provided specifically on such topics as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and gallstones. Laurie Steenwyk, a clinical dietician at Pardee, will provide insights on the role that diet plays in digestive health. Pardee pharmacist, Don Schoeff, will talk about medications available for addressing digestive problems.
Register by calling the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600 or online at pardeesignaturecare.org. Refreshments will be available at the event.
Pardee is proud to be a Spirit of Women hospital – a network of hospitals and health care systems across the nation that inspire healthy lifestyle choices for women and their families. Pardee's Spirit of Women seminars, screenings and events will empower women to address and improve the health issues that affect them each day. Be a part of the movement and help us inspire the mothers, wives, sisters and friends in our community to take action and lead a healthy lifestyle.
The Pardee Hospital Auxiliary recently held a celebration dinner for all of those who volunteer at the hospital. The event provided special recognition to four individuals who have volunteered over 9,000 hours to the hospital. Ruth Tillman with over 9,000 hours, Myrl Jean Hughes with over 11,000 hours, William "Skip" Alison with over 12,000 hours and Betty Alison has surpassed an amazing 14,000 hours. A number of volunteers have contributed time and resources to the hospital for over 20 years, including Sandy Wagner who began her service in 1971.
Parker Roberts, President of the Pardee Hospital Auxiliary, saluted the more than 200 members of the Auxiliary who volunteered a total of 25,894 hours of service to Pardee Hospital during the past year. He stated that, "according to federal guidelines the value of these hours equates to $480,324, but the greater value is the warm and friendly assistance rendered to the thousands of patients and visitors who come to the hospital every year."
The Auxillary work in a variety of areas and services that include but are not limited to the Information Desk, Transporter, the Garden Café, Out-patient Lab, Courier Service, Newspaper Service, and Wellness and Rehabilitation. These volunteers not only support patients and visitors, but also provide critical support to staff members.
Each year the hospital recognizes the work of the Auxiliary with the Annual Awards Dinner and a Spring luncheon, celebrating National Volunteer Week. Positions available for the Auxiliary vary, and can provide opportunities for qualified individuals with all types of previous employment experience. As Pardee continues to expand and grow, it continues to need additional volunteers, and is accepting applications for various volunteer positions. For more information, please call Karla Reese, Auxiliary Services Manager at 696-4240.
Pardee Hospital Auxiliary Service Hour Awards
Patti Jane Dutcher
Myrl Jean Hughes
William (Skip) Alison
Betty J. Alison
Pardee Hospital has enforced the Visitor Restriction Policy which limits hospital patient's visitation to immediate family only and no one under 18 years of age.
"The health of our patients and the community are the highest concern of Pardee Hospital. Our policies and actions are designed to protect those at greatest risk during the flu season. There is an increase in reported influenza-like illnesses throughout North Carolina. The number of cases showing influenza like symptoms has surpassed the safe levels set by the North Carolina Public Health Division. As a result Pardee has implemented flu restrictions as of Friday, December 5. Early data suggests the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe, and Pardee Hospital's flu-restrictions will provide a safe environment for our patients and team members" stated Andrea Whitmire, Infection Prevetionist for Pardee Hospital.
This policy was put in action based off new information released from the Center of Disease Control (CDC). The restriction will remain in effect infection rates drop below the critical levels within the region.
The community is invited to a Lunch and Learn workshop entitles "Coping with Cancer During the Holidays," from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, December 12, at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 North Justice Street in Hendersonville.
Presenter, Justin Yopp, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with the North Carolina Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry and the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. He provides clinical services to children, adolescents and adults with cancer or affected by cancer.
This free community event will be located in the Video Conference Room on the ground floor of Pardee Hospital. Directional signs will be posted at the main entrance as well as the parking garage. A complimentary light lunch will be provided.
For more information or to register, please call (828) 696-1341. Seating is limited and registration is requested by 4:30 p.m. on December 9.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee offers the latest cancer treatment technology available today while focusing on a commitment to patient-centered care. This is done by providing compassionate care for all patients and their families. Their efforts are focused on research, providing quality care close to home, education and offering cancer screenings throughout the community. The mission of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee is to support the National Cancer Institute's goal to ultimately eliminate suffering and death due to cancer in Henderson County and western North Carolina.
The UNC Cancer Network seeks to improve cancer care and support across the state of North Carolina through the integration of cancer support programs. These programs include telemedicine, patient navigation and clinical research. Our affiliation with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee allows the community to receive world class cancer care right here in Henderson County.
Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.