Pardee Center for Women's Health has received ultrasound practice accreditation in the area of OB/GYN by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM).
Pardee Center for Women's Health achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed; including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers, ultrasound equipment maintenance, documentation, storage and record-keeping practices, policies and procedures to protect patients, and staff and quality assurance methods.
The AIUM is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9,000 physicians, sonographers, scientists, students and other health care providers. Established more than 50 years ago, the AIUM is dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines and accreditation.
Pardee Center for Women's Health focuses on keeping patients well through regular screenings, routine visits with a physician, digital mammograms and gynecological care. The Center for Women's Health features board-certified OB/GYNs, certified nurse-midwives and highly-trained nurses and staff.
Pardee Hospital will host a community blood drive for the Blood Connection on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Jamison Conference Room located on the first floor..
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.
Karen Winch, PTA, ATRIC, at Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center has met the certification requirements to offer Ai Chi courses by The Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, in conjunction with Ai Chi International.
Ai Chi is a water exercise and relaxation program that has been created to help aquatic practitioners and students decrease stress and increase energy by using the water in a flowing yet powerful progression. Personal trainers have found Ai Chi to be a valuable relaxation technique. Aquatic therapy and rehabilitation practitioners use this type of therapy for pain reduction, balance and improved range of motion and mobility for patients.
Winch also received her Back Hab certification through The Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute. Back Hab is used following trauma, for overuse injuries, surgery for discs and fusion, osteoporosis and to decrease stress and tension.
These services are available at the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center located at 212-B Thompson Street. For more information call (828) 698-6774.
Pardee Urgent Care has been designated as a Certified Urgent Care (Category I) by the Urgent Care Association of America, which distinguishes the quality of the operating model used at this location.
“The health care environment is changing and it is becoming more important to patients to understand their treatment options. This new certification that Pardee Urgent Care has received emphasizes our commitment to serving our patients,” said Jennifer Hoots, CEO of Pardee Urgent Care.
X-ray and EKG services, as well as having the capability to perform minor procedures were some components Pardee Urgent Care provides that fulfill requirements for eligibility for this designation. Providing access to care seven days a week and commitment to having a licensed physician on-site during all posted hours of operation set Pardee Urgent Care apart from others.
Pardee Urgent Care provides expert medical attention seven days a week for unscheduled or urgent medical needs that are not considered emergencies. Pardee Urgent Care always provides patients with a board-certified physician on duty as well as a registered X-ray technologist and a registered nurse. There are also a dedicated occupational medicine nurse and experienced occupational medical staff as well.
Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) represents all professionals working in urgent care and was founded in 2004. There are over 3,200 members of the UCAOA from all over the world. UCAOA exist to advance and distinguish the role of urgent care medicine as a health care destination and support the ongoing success of our membership through education, advocacy, community awareness, benchmarking and promoting standards of excellence.
Pardee Hospital has enforced the Visitor Restriction Policy which limits hospital patient's visitation to immediate family only and no one under 18 years of age.
"The health of our patients and the community are the highest concern of Pardee Hospital. Our policies and actions are designed to protect those at greatest risk during the flu season," said Robert T. Kiskaddon, M.D., FACEP Chief Medical Officer and Vice President Medical Affairs at Pardee.
This policy was put in action based off new information released from the Center of Disease Control (CDC). From statewide data of the 72 samples submitted to the State Laboratory of Public Health (SLPH) for viral testing, 50 tested positive for influenza during the past week. One tested positive for influenza B and one for 2009 H1N1; the rest were influenza A/H3. Hospital-based Public Health Epidemiologists (PHEs) reported 363 positive influenza results for week ending 12/15/12: 304 influenza A (not subtyped), 58 influenza A/H3 and 1 influenza B.
CDC can't predict how severe the upcoming flu season will be. However, the agency recommends that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza each year. More than 112 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine already have been distributed by vaccine manufacturers in the United States this season and more is expected.