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NAMI Four Seasons Educational Presentation Series

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Four Seasons is holding an educational presentation series during 2015 at the Pardee Signature Care Center that will focus on various mental health topics. The first of the presentations will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 6 pm, with Psychologist Dr. M Jean Parks, PhD. of Fletcher presenting on understanding and managing panic disorder, an uncontrollable and terrifying response to ordinary, nonthreatening situations. While many people experience a panic attack at least once in their lives, recurrent panic attacks might be a sign of panic disorder.

Also as part of the series, speaker Sherry A. McKisson, MA, NCC, LPC, and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, will present “Understanding and Managing Anger” on Tuesday, April 28, at 6 pm. Anger is a natural, adaptive response to threats; it inspires powerful and aggressive feelings and behaviors, which allow us to fight and to defend ourselves when we are attacked. In this presentation, three main approaches to learning how to manage anger will be discussed in order to improve your overall health and well-being. To register for a presentation, visit pardeesignaturecare.org or call (828) 692-4600.

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Music Together Series

All children can learn to sing in tune, move in rhythm, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture. Asheville Area Music Together, which has been providing a rich, fun musical learning environment for young children and their families since 2006, is offering a 10-week series of classes at the Pardee Signature Care Center located in the Blue Ridge Mall on Tuesdays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. beginning April 7, 2015.

Children from birth to five years of age attend classes with their parents or other caregivers. This mixed-age approach, recommended by child development researchers, supports natural family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones and older children learn by leading the younger ones. Each child participates at his or her own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome to join in this important family music experience. For pricing information or to register, please call (828) 692-4600.

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Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Presentation

April 12-18, 2015 is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week and health care providers across the country will be offering free screenings to the public to promote awareness. More than 35,000 Americans were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year. Because many do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee will be sponsoring a presentation at the Signature Care Center on Thursday, April 9 from 6 -7 p.m. Mark McCollough, MD, with Mountain Radiation Oncology, will discuss the signs and symptoms associated with oral, head and neck cancers and the importance of early detection and treatment.

Following the informational presentation, there will be two head and neck cancer screening opportunities on Tuesday, April 14 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center and Thursday, April 23 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Mission Pardee Health Campus, in Fletcher. Every adult is encouraged to get tested. If diagnosed early, oral, head and neck cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications and the chances of survival greatly increases. These 10-minute screenings will be preformed by physicians specializing in otolaryngology.

To register for the presentation or make an appointment for a free screening, please call (828) 692-4600.

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Pardee Hospital to Host April Blood Drive

Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Wednesday, April 8, 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) 696-4205 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donors will receive one movie ticket.

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Comprehensive Wound Care Center Receives Center of Distinction and Center of Excellence National Awards

The Comprehensive Wound Center at Pardee is pleased to receive the Center of Distinction Award, for the fourth consecutive year. The award is presented by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Comprehensive Wound Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction over 92 percent, a minimum 91 percent wound healing rate within 30 median days to heal and other quality outcomes. The Wound Center was one of only 172 centers who achieved this high honor. The center also received the Robert A. Warriner Center of Excellence Award, recognizing centers that have received the Center of Distinction Award for three consecutive years (2012, 2013 and 2014).

“This award is a great honor and is attributed to the outstanding clinical care that patients receive. The Physicians and Nurses here at the Wound Center are extremely compassionate and very knowledge. I frequently receive positive feedback from patients that otherwise might have never healed or in some cases, lost a limb. It is very rewarding to work with such a great group of people,” stated Anne Sweeney, Program Director, Comprehensive Wound Center at Pardee.

The Comprehensive Wound Center at Pardee offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The Wound Center is a member of the Healogics Network, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating over two million chronic wounds.

The Comprehensive Wound Center at Pardee is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Physician’s office referrals are not necessary to make an appointment. For more information call (828) 696-4284.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage more than 550 Wound Care Centers in the nation and see nearly 200,000patients per year through a connected network of centers, partner hospitals, academic medical centers, patients and families. Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population. For more information or to find a Wound Care Center near you, please visit www.healogics.com.

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