On Tuesday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m., Pardee Hospital's physical and speech/language therapists will explain how exercise and current therapies can keep disabling symptoms of Parkinson's disease at bay. Titled "Parkinson's Disease: Why We Need to Exercise," the program will be presented during the Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson's Support Group meeting at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main Street in Brevard, N.C. All are invited to attend.
Lucy Butler, SLP, and Chloe Roderick, PT, experienced therapists from the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, will explain how exercise and individually tailored speech and movement therapy can prevent newly diagnosed patients from losing basic abilities, and may help others regain some of the mobility they've lost. The presentation will cover topics such as maintaining mobility, balance and fall prevention, speech volume, stuttering and swallowing. The presentation will include a demonstration of the center's brand-new Gait Lab, used to help patients stabilize and maintain an effective walking gait.
"Parkinson's is now a disease we can do everything about," says Roderick. "Patients without treatment can lose their movement pattern; it becomes laborious to get in and out of a car, walk 50 feet and get out of bed. Exercise therapy can evoke what we call neuroplasticity, allowing us to 'remap' the brain. This can keep those skills well ingrained so that those with Parkinson's do not lose health and mental function."
"Early intervention after a Parkinson's diagnosis slows down the progression of symptoms," adds Butler. "The No. 1 way to do that is with exercise. In seven years of providing LSVT speech therapy, for example, I've found that 100 percent of our patients improve their speech effectiveness."
The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is the only facility in Henderson County to provide both the LSVT LOUD therapy program for speech and the LSVT BIG therapy program for mobility. Each program has been proven to have dramatic, positive effects on Parkinson's symptoms. In addition, the center's new Gait Lab includes an assessment tool that provides quantifiable feedback on posture, step length, gait quality and speed, helping the center's therapists to identify specific areas to target in therapy. "A patient with Parkinson's may say, 'I don't know why I feel like I'm going to fall,'" explains Roderick. "Using the Gait Lab, we can provide the reason and prescribe the therapy."
Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in Henderson County. This facility offers fully integrated physical, occupational and speech therapy services to meet individualized needs. Services are performed on an outpatient basis, and are provided by licensed physical and occupational therapists along with speech/language pathologists. The facility offers a fully equipped and professionally supervised gym, which is open to the public and therapy graduates. Pardee Rehab & Wellness is dedicated to helping patients prevent and overcome injury or disability so they can enjoy a mobile, satisfying life. The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is also home to Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab and Diabetes Education.
Pardee Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2013 Junior Volunteer Summer Program. The Junior Volunteers provide an important service to the individuals they serve, and to the community as a whole.
In order to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, potential volunteers must be at least 14 years of age by June 1, 2013. Applicants are also required to write a brief essay explaining why they would like to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, as well as include their interests and future goals.
Completed applications and documents must be turned in by May 6. Orientation will begin on June 17, and Junior Volunteers will receive a Tuberculin Skin Test that is offered for free by Pardee Hospital.
Pardee Hospital's nationally recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened a prevention study to those who have had recent, surgical removal of early-stage cancerous colon polyps or tumors and who are not already taking a statin, a class of drug that lowers cholesterol.
Polyps can lead to colon cancer if left untreated, and those who have been diagnosed with cancerous polyps are at high risk for recurrence of the disease. The National Cancer Institute-sponsored study will evaluate whether the cholesterol drug Rosuvastatin (Crestor) may kill remaining tumor cells after surgery, prevent polyps from forming and/or keep colon cancer from returning.
"While major advances have been made in colon cancer treatment in recent years, we would much rather not have to treat it at all," says James Radford, M.D., principal researcher for Pardee's Cancer Research Program. "To accomplish this goal, we have to learn how to prevent it, and this study is a major step in that direction."
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the United States, with more than 100,000 new cases estimated for 2013. According to the National Cancer Institute, colon cancer is highly treatable and often curable in its early stages, with surgery resulting in a cure in 50 percent of cases. But recurrence of the disease following surgery is a major problem and is often the ultimate cause of death.
The polyp prevention study, titled "P-5: Statin Polyp Prevention Trial in Patients with Resected Colon Cancer," is being conducted by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, a network of cancer research professionals. Along with Pardee, more than 400 medical centers in North America are enrolling patients in the study.
Those interested in participating in the polyp prevention trial can call Pardee's Cancer Research Department for more information at (828) 696-4716.
Pardee Hospital, in partnership with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, will host Hike to Health on Saturday, Apr. 20, at 9 a.m. at Bearwallow Mountain in Henderson County.
Hike to Health focuses on community wellness by bringing people together from Henderson County and the surrounding communities by promoting healthy and active lifestyles. This will be Pardee's fifth Hike to Health outdoor community event.
Bearwallow Mountain straddles the Eastern Continental Divide and towers above the Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure areas. The Bearwallow Mountain Trail is a 2-mile moderate hike with some obstacles within the trail. The summit provides extensive views of Mount Mitchell, Mount Pisgah and the Balsams.
Hikers should arrive at 8:30 a.m. to sign in; the hike will begin at 9 a.m. Hike to Health is free to the public and registration is now open. To register for Hike to Health, call 1-866-790-WELL.
Pardee Hospital and Henderson County Emergency Medical Service System have joined forces to participate in the statewide RACE CARS project and the national CARES registry, aimed at increasing the chances for survival in sudden cardiac arrest and assessing performance for further improvement.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death among Americans. The average national survival rate is 8 percent, but that rate varies widely by geographic region. In North Carolina, only 1 in 5 victims receive bystander CPR, and only 1 in 20 survive to hospital discharge. RACE CARS (Regional Approach to Cardiovascular Emergencies Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation System) coordinates local medical resources to provide the rapid diagnosis and high-quality emergency treatment necessary to improve sudden cardiac arrest rates. Part of this strategy includes reducing disparities in sudden cardiac arrest treatment.
To track the effectiveness of their efforts, Pardee Hospital, Henderson County EMS and other regional hospitals enter data about each cardiac event into the national Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). The registry helps to determine where ongoing improvements can be made. In addition, the partners plan to collaborate on another important phase in the program: community education about CPR and AED use.
"Our goal is to help Henderson County meet or exceed the national survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest by the spring of 2014," says Robert Kiskaddon, M.D., FACEP, Pardee Hospital's chief medical officer and vice president of Medical Affairs. "Pardee and Henderson County EMS are working to streamline standards and techniques that are proven to be dramatically effective in improving sudden cardiac arrest outcomes. We are pleased to partner with the Henderson County EMS team to help our community reach this crucial goal. Not only will this increase the survival rate but it may increase quality of life after a cardiac arrest event."
RACE CARS standards indicate that a patient with no pulse should be given high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)—lasting for at least 20 minutes—at the scene of the event, ensuring that moving and transporting the patient creates no more than a 10-second pause in resuscitation efforts. Since adopting this new approach, the Henderson County EMS System has seen a marked improvement in cardiac arrest survival. The destination hospital's emergency department meanwhile prepares to provide the rapid, structured interventions that have been shown to improve the short- and long-term prognosis of the sudden cardiac arrest patient, including therapeutic hypothermia, immediate coronary reperfusion and neurologic diagnosis.
RACE CARS is the largest statewide system of emergency cardiovascular care participating as a partner in the HeartRescue Project, a nationwide effort to double out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in the U.S. in five years. Further information about North Carolina's RACE CARS program can be obtained through the Medtronic Foundation's HeartRescue Project, at www.heartrescueproject.com/index.htm. More information about CARES can be found at www.mycares.net.