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Pardee’s Perspectives Diabetes Education Program earns American Diabetes Association Recognition

The American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate was recently awarded to Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Education Program. This speaks to the high-quality diabetes self-management education offered by this program as an essential diabetes treatment.

The American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily and those that achieve Recognition status include a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and awarded for four years.

"The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide and assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high quality service," says Nina Lovern, BSN, RN-BC, CDE, Perspectives Diabetes Program Coordinator at Pardee.

According to the ADA, there are 29 million people in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 22 million were diagnosed in 2012, 7.0 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 5,205 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide. Visit www.diabetes.org to learn more about the American Diabetes Association.

Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Education Program meets national standards for diabetes self-management education and offers group and individualized education and guidance by Certified Diabetes Educators. At Perspectives, patients discover the seven key behaviors that promote successful self-management: healthy eating, staying active, self-monitoring, taking medications, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping. For more information about Pardee or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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Pardee Hospital Foundation to hold 18th Annual Tournament of Champions

Pardee Hospital Foundation will hold its 18th Annual Tournament of Champions on Monday, May 13, at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock.

Proceeds from this year's Tournament of Champions will help the Pardee Hospital Foundation purchase an angiography imagery device used in orthopedic, vascular and general surgeries. This device will be used for diagnosing and removing blood clots, placing vascular stents and during bypass surgeries.

"As a member of Pardee Foundation's Board of Directors, I am proud of the continued generous support of Pardee Hospital by those who recognize their community hospital's outstanding service and quality. They trust their lives and those of their families to a dedicated, award-winning team of nurses, physicians and staff," said Lynn Matykiewicz, co-chair of the 18th Annual Tournament of Champions and past president of the Pardee Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

The Tournament of Champions includes a nine-hole tournament starting at 9 a.m. and an 18-hole tournament starting at 12:30 p.m. Captain's Choice teams comprised of four players will be the format for each tournament with prizes given for longest drive and closest-to-the-pin.

The nine-hole tournament entry fee is $125 per player and the 18-hole tournament entry fee is $250 per player. Entry fees include the round of golf selected, lunch and player gift. An awards banquet will follow the 18-hole tournament.

Sponsorships and player spots are still available. To register to play in the 18th Annual Tournament of Champions, or to become a sponsor, please call Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666, visit www.pardeehospitalfoundation.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Arthritis and Joint Replacement: An Expert Explains Surgical Innovations for Hips and Knees

When arthritis brings chronic pain and curtails normal daily activities, it may be time to look beyond medication for relief. In an upcoming presentation, Pardee Hospital orthopedic specialist Amal Das, M.D., will discuss the latest procedures in hip and knee joint replacement and how they can be used to successfully treat severe arthritis.

The presentation, "Everything You Need to Know about Hip and Knee Replacement," is scheduled for Wed., April 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Blue Ridge Mall, Hendersonville. Registration is required; please call 1-866-790-WELL (9355).

The medical community has made great strides in joint replacement, offering less-invasive options that can significantly reduce surgical and recovery times and lead to improved outcomes for those with problem joints. Dr. Das is a board-certified orthopedist who is fellowship-trained in joint surgery and specializes in hip and knee replacements. His patients benefit from his experience in state-of-the-art surgical techniques and from his patient-focused treatment philosophy. Dr. Das performs surgery at Pardee Hospital's Orthopedic Center of Excellence and practices at Hendersonville Orthopedic Associates, PLLC, The Joint Specialists of WNC.

Pardee's Orthopedic program includes joint surgeries for the hip, knee and shoulder, as well as comprehensive pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation programs designed to ensure the best surgical outcomes. For more information about the center, please call 1-828-696-4243. For more information on Pardee Hospital, or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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Pardee’s Comprehensive Wound Healing Center Recognized for Outstanding Performance and Patient Satisfaction

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee Hospital is the recipient of the 2012 Robert Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence Award, in recognition of outstanding patient satisfaction and quality performance.

The award is presented annually by wound-care provider Healogics, and recognizes centers that meet or exceed exacting benchmarks. Pardee's Comprehensive Wound Healing Center (CWHC) is one in only 39 Healogics affiliates to receive the award out of more than 500, and the only wound care center in North Carolina to achieve this distinction. The award was received in the first year of the CWHC's eligibility.

"In an area where patients have multiple choices for wound care, we are the only wound center that has met and exceeded these high benchmarks for care," says Rachel Beal, CWHC Program Director. "This award affirms that our center is an outstanding wound care resource for Pardee Hospital and its community, and it recognizes the work of the entire CWHC team."

Center of Excellence Award recipients must meet the following criteria for two complete, consecutive calendar years:

• Patient Satisfaction – Greater than or equal to 92 percent

• Healing Rate – Greater than or equal to 91 percent

• Outlier Rate (cases that lie outside established benchmarks) – Less than or equal to 19 percent

• Median Days to Heal – Less than or equal to 30

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee Hospital is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine for acute and chronic wounds. All levels of clinical staff are trained in the most current, evidence-based practices for problem wound management and hyperbaric medicine. Patient care is provided in partnership with Healogics, the leading national provider of wound care services. The center is also a past recipient of the Wound Care Center of Distinction Award by Diversified Clinical Services for exceptional patient outcomes. For more information about Pardee or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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A 10-Minute Screening Could Save Your Life

Pardee to offer free screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

To help increase awareness of oral, head and neck cancer, Pardee Hospital will offer free screenings for these cancers on Wed., April 17, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Pardee Rehab & WellnessCenter, located at 212 – B Thompson St. in Hendersonville. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-866-790-9355.

Adults of every age should consider having an oral cancer screening. It is estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head or neck in 2013. This includes tumors that can appear in or around the throat, nose, sinuses, mouth and larynx. There has been a rise in cases of oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer in young adults, and adults who use tobacco and alcohol regularly are at particular risk.

"It is very important to catch these cancers early," says W. Mark McCollough, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Pardee. "The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unrecognized, but early detection can facilitate less aggressive treatment and result in a higher cure rate."

The screenings at Pardee will be performed by Pardee physicians specializing in otolaryngology, including John Pickens, M.D.; Michael Neuenschwander, M.D.; and Michael Stalford, M.D. These experienced doctors will perform a brief exam of the mouth and throat to look for evidence of any abnormalities.

For more information on Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week and cancer prevention tips, visit www.headandneck.org, the official website of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.

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