The Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today on a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Pardee Hospital and UNC Health Care System (UNCHCS) that builds upon the current affiliation and strengthens the partnership between the two health care organizations.
The MOU sets the foundation for a revised Management Agreement between Pardee, UNCHCS and Henderson County. This agreement replaces the current management agreement between Pardee and UNCHCS by extending the relationship from 10 to 25 years. The MOU allows UNCHCS greater direct involvement with Pardee’s clinical, business, and financial operations. Furthermore, this announcement allows for the potential investment by UNCHCS in Pardee facilities and operations and potential expansion of clinical facilities at Pardee. The new agreement will also extend the duration of Pardee Hospital’s lease with the county for both the hospital buildings and land.
“From the onset, this affiliation was always intended to improve access and delivery of medical services to Henderson County and beyond,” said Bill Moyer, Pardee Hospital Board Chair. “We’ve seen these benefits first hand and we want to build upon this success. I can’t help reflect upon the 60 years that Pardee has been caring for this region and how we are even more prepared than ever to serve our patients.”
“We are very pleased with the terrific way the Hospital Corporation and UNC Health Care System have worked to make Pardee an even better hospital for this community,” said Henderson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlie Messer. “The cooperative arrangement has been extremely effective, and we look forward to greater cooperation in the future to insure that even in a time of great change in healthcare, Pardee will remain a viable and valuable institution for the citizens of the County.”
County Manager, Steve Wyatt, “You have to give a lot of credit to the County Commissioners for recognizing the challenges the County hospital faces in the days to come and for meeting these challenges head on.”
This agreement also revises the structure of the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors. The current board is compromised of 11 members. The new structure expands the board to a total of 15 members with appointments being made by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and by UNC Health Care System.
Gary L. Park, President of UNC Hospitals, said, “We are thrilled with our relationship with Pardee Hospital. It is an exceptional organization with strong leadership and strong governance. We are a stronger system because of our relationship with Pardee. I have great respect for the Pardee Board and I applaud the county commissioners for their cooperation and their vision."
This announcement comes almost two years after the original June 2011 affiliation of Pardee and UNCHCS. In this time, Pardee and the citizens it serves has benefited from expanding insurance coverage for its patients, a broad range of resources, and access to the growing network of UNCHCS.
Pardee will host a community blood drive for the Blood Connection on Friday, May 10, from 12 – 4:30 p.m. at the Pardee Signature Care Center located in the Blue Ridge Mall.
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. All donors will receive a free t-shirt and two movie passes. Appointments are requested by calling the Pardee Health Education Center at (828) 692-4600.
Pardee Hospital will hold an open house to welcome the hospital's newest internal medicine physician, Jamie Anthony, M.D.
The event will be held Thursday, May 2, from 4 - 6 p.m. at Pardee Internal Medicine Associates, located at 709A North Justice Street. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Anthony is board-certified in internal medicine and received her doctorate from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed her residency training at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn., and most recently worked at Premier Internal Medicine, an outpatient practice in Brighton, Mich.
Dr. Anthony's approach to patient care combines up-to-date medical standards with careful listening. "I enjoy getting to know my patients well and learning about their health goals," she says. "Whether they are dealing with an acute or chronic health issue, my job as a physician is to guide my patients in the right direction using the latest, proven standards in care." As a new resident of Hendersonville, Dr. Anthony says she and her husband are enjoying the friendliness and beauty of the area. They recently welcomed a baby to their family.
Pardee Internal Medicine Associates is a group of carefully selected and trained individuals who work as a team to offer courteous, compassionate health care. All physicians at the practice have full admitting privileges at Pardee Hospital. Dr. Anthony is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 694-7630.
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.
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.