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Nash Health Care joins the UNC Health Care Family

Nash Health Care Systems today announced that it will affiliate with UNC Health Care. This management services agreement allows Nash Health Care to acquire managerial and operational resources from UNC Health Care. This agreement does not involve any sale or exchange of assets. Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners members say the agreement can help achieve cost savings and increased hospital-based clinical services for area patients. The agreement will go into effect on April 1, 2014.

Today's agreement follows many months of careful consideration by the Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners on how to strengthen its position as a regional medical center provider while responding to the turbulent health care environment. In June 2013, the Board issued a Request for Proposal to five pre-selected regional tertiary hospitals for evaluation of an expanded affiliation relationship.

"After review of the proposals, it was clear that UNC Health Care is the right partner to help strengthen and guide our organization into the future," said Vincent C. Andracchio II, Chairman of the Nash Health Care Systems Board of Commissioners. "Nash Health Care has enjoyed growth and success throughout its history. However, we know that it will be virtually impossible for community hospitals to operate independently in the ever changing health care environment. We are joining a strong and growing hospital system with experience in working in communities across our state. UNC Health Care has an excellent track record of improving the quality of the local health care delivery system. In addition, keeping local hospital leadership, governance and traditions intact is vitally important."

The expanded affiliation agreement will allow Nash Health Care to provide a broader scope of resources to benefit patients in its four county service areas. Some of the primary benefits include:
· Expansion of locally-available patient care services
· Measured improvements in patient care quality outcome indicators
· Enhancements to patient satisfaction and patient experience
· Lowering the cost of operations
· Improving the revenue and collections cycle to strengthen financial performance
· Recruitment of additional highly-trained and skilled physicians
· Access to cutting-edge research and treatments at UNC Health Care

"Since 1971, Nash Health Care has successfully pursued its mission to provide superior quality health care services and to help improve the health of the community in a caring, efficient and financially sound manner," said Larry Chewning, Nash Health Care CEO. "By affiliating with UNC Health Care, we become clinically and financially stronger, and better prepared to meet the challenges of the future. UNC Health Care has a strong history of working in communities like ours, and I anticipate that our relationship will lead to even higher quality care, improved access and enhanced patient experiences."

The Nash Health Care Systems Board of Commissioners will maintain ownership of Nash Health Care, and CEO Larry Chewning will continue to report to the Nash Health Care Board, as well as to UNC Health Care.

"We are pleased to welcome Nash Health Care into our system," said David Strong, chief operating officer of system affiliations for UNC Health Care. "This agreement combines the successful health care delivery at Nash Health Care with the managerial experience and capabilities of our system. Nash Health Care will help advance our system's mission of providing excellent care, training the next generation of North Carolina's physicians, and conducting groundbreaking research."

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ABOUT NASH HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Nash Health Care is a non-profit hospital authority comprised of five licensed hospitals totaling 403 beds: Nash General Hospital, Nash Day Hospital, the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center, Community Hospital and Coastal Plain Hospital.

ABOUT UNC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The UNC Health Care System is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care. UNC Health Care is comprised of UNC Hospitals, ranked consistently among the best medical centers in the country; the UNC School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution; community practices; home health and hospice services in seven central North Carolina counties; Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC; Chatham Hospital in Siler City, NC; High Point Regional Medical Center in High Point, NC; Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, NC; and Rex Healthcare and its provider network in Wake County.

 

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Kenmure Fights Cancer

Kenmure Fights Cancer donates more than $31,000 to local cancer programs

Hendersonville, N.C. (December 5, 2013) – Kenmure Fights Cancer of Flat Rock donated more than $31,000 to Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital on October 16 at a luncheon held at Kenmure Country Club. Each hospital received a check for $15,662 specifically designated to support their respective cancer programs.

In five years, Kenmure Fights Cancer has donated $145,668 to Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital. Beginning in January of each year, the Kenmure Fights Cancer committee hosts a series of fundraising events and activities targeting a wide variety of interests. The culmination is a golf tournament, dinner and silent auction in late May.

With the help of Kenmure Fights Cancer, in recent years, Pardee has been able to upgrade digital mammography equipment to state-of-the-art at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center, purchase patient tracking software for the cancer center, and purchase blanket warmers which add to the comfort of patients daily. In 2013, Kenmure Fights Cancer gifts have been used to purchase a high-definition, flexible video nasoscope which will be used to examine the nasal passages and voicebox to evaluate for cancers and follow up after treatment. This device has the added capability of recording high-definition still or video images to share with patients or other medical personnel, bringing to Henderson County an innovative diagnostic tool.

At Park Ridge Health, recent contributions from Kenmure Fights Cancer helped provide an electronic door opener at Park Ridge Health's Oncology & Infusion Center for enhanced wheelchair access, and technology to aid in locating patients' veins for more comfortable treatment. This year, Kenmure Fights Cancer's contributions are allocated toward the purchase of a stereotactic breast biopsy unit. Stereotactic biopsy is extensively used by radiologists and breast surgeons specializing in breast imaging to obtain tissue samples containing microcalcifications, which can be an early sign of breast cancer. Patients benefit greatly from this advanced technology because it identifies the exact location of the abnormality by using a computer and X-rays taken from at least two different angles.

About Kenmure Fights Cancer:Kenmure Fights Cancer is a community-focused initiative that raises money exclusively for cancer programs offered by hospitals in the Hendersonville area. All of Kenmure Fights Cancer's contributions are earmarked specifically for equipment and technology to enhance patient care in the realm of cancer treatment. The committee's mission is to "Remember" those we have lost to cancer; "Honor" those who have survived the battle; and "Support" those who are struggling against the disease. Kenmure Fights Cancer's motto is, "Cancer Doesn't Take a Day Off."


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Lunch and Learn: Understanding Depression in Individuals with Cancer

The community is invited to hear Dr. Donald Rosenstein present "Understanding Depression in Individuals with Cancer," a Lunch and Learn workshop, from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at Pardee Hospital, located on 800 North Justice Street in Hendersonville.

Donald Rosenstein, M.D., is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, Director of the Division of Hospital Psychiatry and the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently Director of the LiveSTRONG Center of Excellence for Cancer Survivorship at UNC. Dr. Rosenstein came to UNC in 2009 after an 18 year career at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where he held several leadership positions including NIMH Clinical Director, Chief of the NIH Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service and Chair of both the Clinical Center Ethics Committee and the NIMH Institutional Review Board.

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 contact (828) 696-1341. Seating is limited and registration is requested by 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.

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.


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Pardee Hospital to Host Blood Drive

Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the Jamison Conference Room at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 N. Justice Street in Hendersonville.

In order to donate blood, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and not have donated blood in the past 56 days. Walk-in donors will be accepted, but those with appointments will be seen first. Request an appointment by calling (828) 696-4225 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donors will receive one movie ticket or one shirt.

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Pardee Hospital Awarded “A” Grade by Hospital Safety Score

Pardee Hospital has again been recognized with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates hospital safety based on outcomes from medical treatment. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to ensure the highest level of medical safety for themselves and their families.

“Receiving this top ranking a second time in a row is a testament to the continued improvement of quality, safety and commitment to compassionate care at Pardee Hospital,” said Jay Kirby, President and CEO, Pardee Hospital.  

“Pardee Hospital consistently has been recognized by numerous organizations for its outstanding clinical quality and patient safety. The LeapFrog Hospital Safety Score is an independent composite safety rating developed by a panel of national patient safety experts. The intent is to provide health care professionals and health care consumers with a standardized method for comparing safety performance among various general acute care hospitals. Less than one-third of the over 2,600 hospitals in the United States receive an A rated safety score. Pardee Hospital is pleased to receive this highest recognition by the Leapfrog Group as an affirmation of the hospital’s commitment to health care excellence,” said Robert Kiskaddon, M.D., FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President Medical Affairs, Pardee Hospital.

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Pardee Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope Pardee Hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

To see Pardee Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. It is the first and only hospital in North Carolina to be accredited with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008) for quality health care standards. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds and is the second largest employer in Henderson County. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

 

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