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Pardee Hospital Women’s Health Excellence Award™ Recipient

Pardee Hospital Recognized as one of

Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award Recipients



Hendersonville, NC (June 18, 2013) – Pardee Hospital announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physician and hospitals. The recognition distinguishes Pardee Hospital as a top performing hospital in women’s health, which includes care provided to women for common conditions and procedures treated in the hospital. 


“I am passionate about Women’s Health.  I feel fortunate to work at Pardee Hospital where quality care for patients is the top priority. Pardee has a remarkable team of health care providers who are both knowledgeable and compassionate. I feel honored to be a part of Pardee’s team. This award is an affirmation of the truth that I see every day. Our home town hospital is an exceptional place both to give care and to get care,” Maridee Spearman, MD, Pardee Center for Women’s Health. 


The Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach to delivering superior quality of care for women,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. 



The 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Awards are presented to the 176 hospitals, out of the nation’s 4,783 hospitals evaluated. These hospitals excelled in the treatment of women in a variety of specialties, as measured by in-hospital complication and mortality rates across 15 of the most common hospital – based conditions and procedures.


Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals have the potential to save women’s lives.  Compared to hospitals that performed in the bottom 10% from 2009 through 2011, Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients as a group had a 55% lower mortality rate across eight conditions and procedures and a 21% lower complication rate across seven conditions and procedures.[1]  If all hospitals nationwide performed at the level of the Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award hospitals:

  • 46,317 women’s lives could have potentially been saved
  • 21,285 women could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications


To see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2013: ‘Lean In’ When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome, including full methodology, please visit: www.healthgrades.com/quality.


Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. It is the first and only hospital in North Carolina to be accredited with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008) for quality health care standards. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds and is the second largest employer in Henderson County. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit http://www.pardeehospital.org/ http://www.pardeehospital.org/" href="http://www.pardeehospital.org/">www.pardeehospital.org.


Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs.  Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action.  For more information please visit www.healthgrades.com and www.bettermedicine.com.

[1] CMS MedPAR Data (2009-2011)

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Pardee Signature Care Center Hosts Blood Drive

Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Friday, July 12 from 12:00-4:30 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. You may request an appointment by calling (828) 692-4600. All donors will receive a free t-shirt and two movie passes.

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Pardee Hospital hosts blood drive

Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Wednesday, June 12, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Pardee Hospital located at 800 N. Justice Street in Hendersonville.

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. Request an appointment by calling (828) 692-4225 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donors will receive two free movie tickets and a Blood Connection t-shirt.

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Teaching Health Center Collaboration

With 30 million more Americans able to now gain access to health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the demand for high-quality primary care physicians will be increasing dramatically. This situation has a significant impact on the region, as Western North Carolina has already surpassed a shortage of over 100 primary care physicians. This shortage is expected to increase over the coming decades. Combined with an aging population, this increasing shortage of physicians will place a tremendous stress on our health care system.

Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS), Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), and Pardee Hospital have proactively responded to the need with a collaboration to increase the number of newly graduated doctors entering the family medicine residency in Hendersonville.

Under the Teaching Health Center program, MAHEC will increase the number of residents entering its Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency; and the outpatient clinical site the Hendersonville Family Health Center(HFHC), currently operated by Pardee Hospital, will be assumed by Blue Ridge Community Health Services. Patients at HFHC and BRCHS will experience minimal, if any, changes to their services and a focus on high quality, personalized primary care will continue at both locations.

Geoff Jones, MD, MAHEC's Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program says, "Our mission is to train excellent family physicians for western North Carolina and to improve the overall health of our community. This enhanced collaboration will strengthen our ability to meet this goal through greater access to comprehensive care."Currently the MAHEC/Pardee Hendersonville Family Medicine program has graduated 35 residents since 1999, with 90% of those graduated currently practicing in small towns and/or community health centers. Community health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

By utilizing grant dollars made available to MAHEC by the ACA under the "Teaching Health Center" program, the planned collaboration will not only increase the number of family medicine physicians training locally, but will also increase access for patients who struggle with poverty, a lack of health insurance, and other barriers to accessing healthcare. This grant funding is designed to support primary care and dental residents trained in community health center settings. The collaboration will represent the first Teaching Health Center (THC) in Western North Carolina and only the second in the state. THCs provide an optimal training environment for graduate medical education, given their close faculty supervision and the emphasis on patient-centered care.

As the largest community health center in Western North Carolina, serving 20,000 individuals in over eight locations, offering behavioral health, oral health, school health and outreach services, BRCHS will offer residents valuable clinical learning experience.

Shannon Dowler, MD, BRCHS Chief Medical Officer says, "Teaching Health Centers are a unique opportunity to offer training to primary care doctors in the communities that need them the most. Research shows that physicians trained in this environment are more likely to pursue careers treating vulnerable populations in rural and underserved communities, increasing access to health care where it is needed the most."

Physicians completing their training in a community health center environment are more than three times as likely to work in a community health center, and more than twice as likely to work in an underserved area than those not trained in a community health center. This Teaching Health Center will not only increase the number of residents training within the community and increase access to quality care for local patients struggling with poverty, but also significantly increase the supply of quality physicians serving the community for years to come.

BRCHS is a non-profit community health center that has been providing high quality and affordable medical, dental and mental health care as well as promoting health awareness/education for 50 years. Services are conveniently provided in Hendersonville at Blue Ridge Health Center and Hendersonville Family Health Center; in Brevard at Brevard Health Center; and in four Henderson County Public Schools. If you would like more information about BRCHS services, call 692-4289; or visit www.brchs.com and www.facebook.com/BRCHS.

MAHEC provides quality, compassionate healthcare as a foundation for training top physicians, dentists and health professionals for WNC. Established in 1974, MAHEC serves 16-counties and has residency and fellowship programs in Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn, General Dentistry, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. MAHEC also provides continuing education for health professionals, health careers training for high school and university students, and quality improvement consulting services for medical practices. MAHEC is "Your Doctor. Your Teacher. Your Advocate." For more information, call 257-4400 or visit www.mahec.net.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org

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Pardee Hospital Earns a Top A Hospital Safety Score from Leapfrog Group

Pardee Hospital has received an A Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group dedicated to improving safety, quality and affordability of health care. Pardee was the only hospital within Henderson County to receive an A rating. This top grade reflects Pardee’s commitment to quality and safety.


The Leapfrog Group uses a wide range of publicly available data to assign grades to US hospitals based on their overall ability to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical errors. It is the only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves as well as their families.


“This ranking is a testament to the continued improvement of quality, safety, and commitment to compassionate care at Pardee Hospital,” said Jay Kirby, President and CEO, Pardee Hospital.  


“Pardee Hospital consistently has been recognized by numerous organizations for its outstanding clinical quality and patient safety. The LeapFrog Hospital Safety Score is an independent composite safety rating developed by a panel of national patient safety experts. The intent is to provide health care professionals and health care consumers with a standardized method for comparing safety performance among various general acute care hospitals. Less than one-third of the over 2,600 hospitals in the United States receive an A rated safety score. Pardee Hospital is pleased to receive this highest recognition by the LeapFrog Group as an affirmation of the hospital’s commitment to health care excellence,” Robert Kiskaddon, M.D., FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President Medical Affairs, Pardee Hospital.


To see how Pardee's score compares nationally and locally, visit Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.


Leapfrog is run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The group works to improve the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. Calculated under the guidance of the group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

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