On May 21, 2013 WLOS completed a feature story on the Gift of Life recipient Princess, and her mother Dina. In 2011 Princess was involved in a house fire where she received third degree burns on a majority of her body, leaving her with scar tissue limiting the use of her hands and significantly altering her appearance.
Rotary International, Philippine Airlines, Mercy Medical Airlift and Pardee Hospital worked together to bring Princess to Hendersonville, in order to undergo a series of surgeries to help improve her quality of life. Princess and her mother will remain in Hendersonville until the middle of August in order to undergo the treatments, follow-up care and physical therapy.
Please take the time to watch this fantastic story, which serves as a reminder of the fantastic charity care efforts of Pardee Hospital.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee has been honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.
Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the OAA following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program and also receives a compliance rating for the remaining 29 standards.
"Speaking for all of the individuals involved with the Comprehensive Cancer Program at Pardee, we are excited to learn of our facility receiving the Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer services," said Thomas Eisenhauer, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chairman of the Cancer Committee at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee. "This recognition cannot be obtained by one or two people, but is only attainable when a large number of providers consistently work together to deliver oncology services to our patients. We know the care that we provide is the best available. Our patients continually express gratitude for the exceptional care that they receive. And now our community, through this prestigious award, will realize the outstanding cancer services available through Pardee."
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee offers a full range of advanced treatment and diagnostic services performed by highly qualified cancer specialists. Services include surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, advanced radiology and laboratory diagnostic support and clinical treatment trials. Community education programs, cancer screenings, support groups and holistic patient and family support are also available.
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.