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Pardee encourages women to schedule their annual mammogram for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee encourages women who are 40 years of age or older, or women with a family history of breast cancer to schedule their annual mammogram. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.  The American Cancer Society states that early detection of breast cancer by mammography can lead to a greater range of treatment options. “The two greatest risk factors for developing breast cancer are age and being female.  Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about these specific risks but we can be proactive and go for our yearly, screening mammograms,” said Kristy Capps, RN III, BSN, CBPN-IC, Breast Care Navigator at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee. “Early detection is our best protection.  Just a few, quick minutes can be lifesaving.” Women who receive their annual mammogram at Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee during the month of October will be entered to win one of 20 spa gift baskets.  To schedule an annual mammogram at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee, please call (828) 698-7334.  The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center is a division of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital, a comprehensive cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.  The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center is also one of 17 breast centers in the nation and the only breast center in North Carolina to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC).  The center 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 available.

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NAMI to present Family-to-Family program at Pardee Health Education Center

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present Family-to-Family from 6 – 8:30 p.m. each Monday beginning Sept. 12 and continuing through Nov. 28 at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. This 12 week educational program is designed to help caregivers, family members and significant others understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well being.  This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling 1-888-955-NAMI (6264).

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David Napoli, M.D., to speak about osteoarthritis of the hand at Pardee Health Education Center

David Napoli, M.D., with Blue Ridge Bone & Joint in Hendersonville, will speak about osteoarthritis of the hand on Tues., Aug. 30, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints when cartilage that covers surfaces of the bones and joints wears out.  During this presentation, Dr. Napoli will discuss this condition as well as options for treatments. This presentation is free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355).  For more information about osteoarthritis of the hand, please visit www.assh.org.

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Karla Reese receives Masters in Health Sciences

Karla Reese, Director of Pardee Pavilion Adult Day Health Services in Flat Rock, recently completed the Master’s in Health Sciences with a concentration in Gerontology at Western Carolina University. Reese has served as Director of Pardee Pavilion Adult Day Health Services since 2006.  She received her Bachelor in Social Work from Warren Wilson College and completed the graduate level Gerontology Certificate program at Western Carolina University.  Reese is also a licensed Assisted-Living Administrator. Before serving as Director at Pardee Pavilion Adult Day Health Services, Reese spent 19 years as a social worker and discharge planner at Pardee Hospital.  In the past she worked in assisted-living and memory care as well as served as Director of Meals on Wheels for Henderson County for three years. Pardee Pavilion Adult Day Health Services is the only licensed adult day program in Henderson County. The Pavilion offers a safe, protective and stimulating environment for adults with physical or mental impairments.  Services include health monitoring, meals, snacks and personal care assistance.  Pardee Pavilion Adult Day Health Services is located in scenic Flat Rock next to Four Seasons Hospice and Blue Ridge Community College.  For more information or to schedule a trail visit, please call (828) 697-7070.

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Charles Henrichs, M.D., FACEP, receives distinguished service award

 Charles Henrichs, M.D., FACEP, received the George Podgorny, M.D., Distinguished Service Award on June 18, 2011 at the Annual Membership Meeting of the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The George Podgorny, M.D., Distinguished Service Award recognizes a physician’s dedication, outstanding service and lifetime achievement in the field of emergency medicine. Dr. Henrichs serves as the Medical Director at Pardee Urgent Care.  He received his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California and is board-certified in Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Henrichs is a past President of the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP) and serves as Councilor at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP) is a chartered chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is made up of physicians ranging from academicians to private practice physicians to residents and medical students.  The college exists to support quality emergency care as well as advocate for the rights of physicians and their patients.

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