This past Saturday Downtown Hendersonville Inc. held their 2010 Bearfootin’ auction. Pardee Hospital’s bear – the Many Paths to Wellness sold for $1,400 to Dan and Susan Stone of Palm Beach, Fla. The bear will reside at the Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center for the next six months. Many thanks to the artists Constance Vlahoulis and Barbara Hipwell for creating a whimsical outdoor wellness inspired bear! Click here for the Times-News article on the recent auction.
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.
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).
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.