Pardee Hospital Foundation Announces Physician and Philanthropist of the Year at Annual
Pardee Hospital Foundation raises over $100,000 at annual gala and donor recognition event on Friday, June 19.
Pardee Hospital Foundation has named Dr. Stuart Glassman as Pardee Hospital’s Physician of the Year and Mary Ball Jackson of Hendersonville as Philanthropist of the Year. The two recipients were honored at the Foundation’s annual gala and donor recognition event that was held at Blue Ridge Community College on Friday, June 19. The event for Pardee Hospital drew over 385 attendees and rose over $100,000 in funds that will benefit Pardee Hospital’s Operating Room Integration Project.
Each year, the Foundation hosts the gala to inspire community support for Pardee Hospital, through education of the Hospital’s latest achievements and recognition of physicians and philanthropists that have made a difference in the lives of many in the community. Both Dr. Glassman and Ms. Jackson were chosen as award recipients by an appointed committee, selected from nominations made by patients, community members, Pardee staff, and fellow physicians and philanthropists.
Dr. Glassman is a very engaged member of the Pardee Hospital staff and has had a thriving general and peripheral vascular surgery practice in Hendersonville for nearly 30 years. He has a passion for the arts, which is what connected him to his wife Barbara, and lead him to his “alternative” career – a professional ceramic artist. Dr. Glassman’s dedication to his patients and his intent to always push Pardee Hospital towards excellence is why he stood out as a top candidate for the award of Physician of the Year. His acceptance speech at the Gala was one full of praise and accolades for Pardee, further reinforcing his dedication to not only his profession, but to the hospital as well.
“Both Dr. Glassman and Ms. Jackson embody a spirit of caring and professionalism,” said Kimerly Hinkelman, Executive Director of the Pardee Hospital Foundation. “We are honored that they have chosen to share their gifts and talents with us at Pardee Hospital.”
Philanthropist of the Year award recipient, Mary Ball Jackson, retired to Hendersonville with her husband over 20 years ago. Since she has been here, she has donated her time and her talent to the Pardee Hospital Auxiliary, working in the Garden Café, and serving on the Pardee Hospital Board both as a member as well as President. Ms. Jackson has also served on the Pardee Hospital Foundation Board and helped establish the Generations of Excellence Committee. She has also given her time to her church and to the Garden Club over the years.
The funds raised from this year’s event will benefit the Operation Room Integration Project, aimed to simplify the surgery suite, one of the most complex environments in the hospital. The integration will allow doctors and nurses to focus less on manipulating cumbersome machines and focus more on patient care. Improved technology will complement the surgeons’ skills and allow the entire surgical team to work more safely and efficiently.
The “Under the Stars” theme for the event was pulled together with a significant donation of time and materials from local businesses, Gala Committee members, and Pardee Hospital Foundation staff. Gala Committee Chairs Lisa Hamlin, William F. Gold, Deanna Ellis, and Kandi Hendricks along with the following businesses helped make the event possible: AAA Vacations, Common Saints, Corner Kitchen, Flowers by Larry, Lindsay Cromartie, Empire Distributing, Jaguar Land Rover Asheville, Diamond Rush Jewelers, Pat Lance with Spintastic Sounds, U-Rent-A- Plant, and Shelley’s Jewelry. “We are very grateful for the support we received from our volunteers, sponsors, and donors,” said Hinkelman. “Their support has an incredible impact not only on helping us advance our technology, but on the communities we serve. It is because of them that we can assure our patients and their families receive the best health care experience possible.”
The evening concluded with dinner, dancing, and the announcement of the big raffle winner. Reverend David Hinkelman won the all-inclusive Alaskan Cruise trip for two.
Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Wednesday, June 10, 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.
Pardee is pleased to announce that the Hendersonville Emergency Consultants Group, who provides physicians and midlevel providers for Pardee’s Emergency Department, will be directly employed by Pardee, beginning June 1, under the name Pardee Emergency Physicians. The same physicians will continue their work without interruption, and the transition should be virtually seamless to both the medical staff and Pardee team members. Drs. McCarty and Novak will be the medical directors for the service, with both an administrative and a clinical role.
For additional information on this transition, please contact Jaspreet Kaur, Hospital-Based Physicians Manager at 828-696-1195.
Pardee Hospital CEO, James M. Kirby II, has announced the appointment of David Ellis, MD, FACOG to the position of Chief Medical Officer, effective immediately. Dr. Ellis has served as interim CMO since November 2014.
“We are thrilled to announce Dr. Ellis as the permanent CMO for Pardee Hospital,” said Kirby. “Dr. Ellis is a highly regarded physician who understands all aspects and challenges of health care today. He is a strong asset to our administrative team.”
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ellis has operational oversight of multiple departments. Some of his duties include coordination of the medical staff activities of the hospital, championing clinical pathways, and ensuring that the viewpoints of all physicians are presented and considered as a part of hospital strategic decisions. "Dr. Ellis will bring a level of experience and leadership to Pardee that will benefit our physicians, staff, and above all, our patients," said Dr. Steven Lackey, Pardee Hospital Chief of Staff.
Born and raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee, Ellis graduated first from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, with degrees in English and Economics. He studied medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He and his family moved to Hendersonville in 1987, where he was a partner with Hendersonville OB/GYN before founding his own practice in 1998. He has held several positions with Pardee Hospital, including medical chief of staff, chairman of the medical Executive Committee, and sat on the Board of Trustees, among others. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG) and continues to treat patients at his office on Oakland Street in Hendersonville. “I view this move from interim to permanent as validation of the work that I’ve already done here at Pardee, as well as the work I hope to do with our hospital staff and team of physicians,” said Dr. Ellis. “I look forward to utilizing my experience to help strengthen Pardee’s mission of providing advanced, compassionate care to all of our patients.”
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. Detection of lung cancer at an early stage carries improved rates of survival. A low-dose CT Lung scan can be a benefit to high-risk patients that fall into one of the following categories: age 55-77 years and have a 30 or more pack-year history of smoking (if a former smoker, must have quit within 15 years), or age 50 or older, have a 20 or more pack-year history of smoking, and one additional risk factor (family history, occupational exposure, etc.)
Pardee Hospital health care professionals will present information on the low-dose, CT scan lung cancer screening including its effectiveness in detecting lung cancer for high-risk individuals, associated costs and how to talk with your health care provider about the screening. There will be two presentation opportunities on Tuesday, May 12, from 6 – 7 p.m. at Pardee Signature Care Center and Tuesday, May 26, from 6 -7 p.m. at Mission Pardee Health Campus in the Fletcher YMCA building on the 2nd floor. To register for either presentation, please call (828) 692-4600.