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Dr. Elizabeth Saft joins Pardee Etowah practice

Pardee Hospital is proud to announce that Elizabeth Saft, D.O., has recently joined the medical staff of Hendersonville Family Health Center in Etowah located at 6503 Brevard Road. She is currently accepting new patients.  Dr. Saft has a master’s degree in genetics and received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. She recently graduated from the Hendersonville MAHEC Family Residency Program. Dr. Saft has special interests in obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and women’s health. Dr. Saft lives in the area with her husband and son. She is an avid hiker and runner. She was the first place female finisher in last year’s Apple Festival 8K Race in Hendersonville. “I am very excited to be starting at Hendersonville Family Health Center’s Etowah location. I look forward to becoming more involved and active in the Etowah community and hope to provide many years of quality medical care,” according to Saft. -CJP

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Pardee offers free physician presentations in July

During the month of July, Pardee Hospital will be offering three free physician presentations to the community. John Hicks, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, will present Cervical Spine Issues on Wed., July 7, from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. He will discuss the physiology of the upper spine, common causes of pain and treatment options. Amal Das, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Hendersonville Orthopaedic Associates, will offer the presentation Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement on Fri., July 9, from 2 until 3:30 p.m. He will explain knee anatomy and the unicompartmental method for knee replacement, including mobile bearing. Morris Maizels, M.D., a family physician who is board certified in headache medicine, with Blue Ridge Headache Center, will present Anxiety and Depression, on Wed., July 14, from 1 until 2 p.m. He will discuss how anxiety and depression affects your health. Both medication and non-medication treatment options will be presented. All three presentations will be held at the Pardee Health Education Center located in the Blue Ridge Mali. Registration is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355). -CJP

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Pardee Hires Chief Medical Officer

Pardee is pleased to announce that Robert T. Kiskaddon, M.D., has accepted the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO).  Dr. Kiskaddon joins Pardee on Monday, July 5.  With the advent of national healthcare reform and the continued movement to align physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, Dr. Kiskaddon, as CMO, will provide key leadership in ensuring that Pardee continues to strengthen our clinical programs and services, and in more fully integrating physicians into the strategic planning and decision-making processes.  He will facilitate collaboration with medical staff leaders, and conduct supervising of privileging, credentialing and peer review activities.  Dr. Kiskaddon will also act as a liaison between medical staff officers and administration.  Dr. Kiskaddon previously held the role of Medical Director of the Carle Foundation Physician Services in Urbana, Ill.  He has worked in healthcare management since 1980 while also serving in leadership roles in emergency medicine.  At Pardee, Dr. Kiskaddon also plans to work with Hendersonville Emergency Consultants providing services in emergency medicine on a limited basis.  A search committee chaired by Dr. Stuart Glassman, and including Drs. Ken Shelton, Kevan Hansel, Jim Horwitz, and Ron Moffitt spent months researching and interviewing candidates before selecting Kiskaddon. Dr. Kiskaddon is married and has one grown son.  His interests include Celtic music, playing Scottish and Irish bagpipes, and cross country motorcycling. -CJP

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John Pirrello Cooking Demonstration

[gallery link="file" order="DESC"] John Pirrello, local chef at Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge in Asheville, presented a cooking demo at the Pardee Health Education Center on Wednesday, June 30, to a crowd of 100 guests.  John's recipes were designed to showcase healthy ways of cooking the foods we traditionally consider unhealthy.  Recipes included a pineapple gravy over grilled chicken and cream sauce over rice pasta.  The participants were able to sample and enjoy both recipes.  Check out the photos of John's cooking demonstration! Thank you to everyone who came out to John's presentation.  We hope you enjoyed the recipes and will try these out at home. -L

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Pardee Lifeline offering free installations for the month of July

Pardee Lifeline, a system that summons help immediately at the touch of a button, is offering free installations during the month of July.  This is a savings of $52.50. The service is ideal for those with high-risk medical conditions, chronic illnesses or individuals with limited mobility.  Lifeline offers other services as well, such as a speakerphone function allowing individuals to answer the telephone without using a handheld receiver and the ability to leave reminders of important things to do throughout the day.  Lifeline recently launched the new AutoAlert button featuring the only pendant-style help button that can automatically call for help if a fall is detected and a senior is unable to push his or her help button.  According to an internal laboratory study of simulated falls, Lifeline with AutoAlert detected 95 percent of many types of falls and had a low rate of false alarms. Lifeline operators are available to answer questions or provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Lifeline also retains pertinent health history and information on who to contact in the case of an emergency, when an individual is unable to provide this information. “Lifeline’s personal medical alert service and equipment options make it easy to select the safety and convenience features that work best for you and your family,” said Ron Comeens, Lifeline coordinator for Pardee Hospital.  Subscription to this service is available for a low monthly fee, based on the types of options selected.  For more information about this free installation offer, call 1-800-242-1306, x4748.

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