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Local orthopedic surgeon to discuss minimally invasive spine surgery

John Hicks, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, will present “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery” at the Pardee Health Education Center on Thu., Nov. 4, from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.  Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some time in their lives.  Hicks will discuss the latest innovations in spine surgery that allow for less pain and a shorter recovery.  Time for questions and answers will be included in the presentation.  Registration for this free presentation is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355).  Hicks received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C., and completed a combined orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.  Hicks specializes in spinal disorders and surgery as well as general orthopedic surgery.  He serves on the medical staff at Pardee Hospital. -CJP

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Pardee speech therapist presents “Keeping Your Brain Young” seminar

Lucy Butler, a Pardee speech therapist, will present “Sharp as a Tack: Keeping Your Brain Young,” at the Pardee Health Education Center on Thu., Nov. 4, from 3 until 4:30 p.m.  It was once believed that as we aged, the brain’s networks became fixed. In the past two decades, however, an enormous amount of research has revealed that the brain never stops changing and adjusting.  Butler will discuss the concept of brain plasticity and how to use this method to help prevent cognitive decline.  Strategies to boost brain power will also be revealed.  Brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, is the lifelong ability of the brain to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences. As we learn, we acquire new knowledge and skills through instruction or experience. In order to learn or memorize a fact or skill, there must be persistent functional changes in the brain that represent the new knowledge.  Time for questions and answers will be included in the presentation.  Registration for this free presentation is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355). -CJP

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Think Pink

Dr. Charles Martin, X-ray technologist in the radiology department at Pardee has had to watch his wife battle with breast cancer for the past 11 months.  Their touching story was featured in the "Think Pink" section of the Times-News on Wednesday, Oct. 13.  To read the full story, click here.

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Got a minute with Stuart Glassman

[caption id="attachment_1664" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Stuart Glassman, MD"][/caption] Times- News highlighted Pardee surgeon, Dr. Stuart Glassman in their "Got a minute" series. Read about his medical background as well as his passion for creating pottery. To find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL.

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Anne Campbell joins the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center

Charles Albers, M.D., FACS, and Michael Jones, M.D., FACS, are proud to welcome Anne Campbell, RN, to the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee. “Her nursing experience in home health, as a wound care educator and inpatient wound consult nurse, make Anne an excellent addition to our team,” said Charles Albers, M.D., FACS, medical director of the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee. Campbell will join Dr. Albers and Dr. Jones at the center, a partnership between Pardee Hospital and Diversified Clinical Services, the leading national provider of wound care services with an 88 percent healing rate within 31 median days-to-heal and extremely high patient satisfaction rates. As the center’s clinical coordinator, Campbell will be responsible for clinical management of the center, quality improvement and educating other nurses in problem wound management and hyperbaric medicine.  She takes on this new role after 18 years of service to the community as a nurse with Pardee. “Anne’s positive attitude is contagious,” said Michael Jones, M.D., FACS. “Not only is she clinically competent, but we have seen her presence make the treatment experience more enjoyable for patients.” Campbell is originally from Western North Carolina and enjoys swimming, biking and the outdoors. She serves on the Ethics Committee at Pardee Hospital and teaches problem wound management as part of the hospital’s orientation process. For more information on the center, please call (828) 696-4284.

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