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Quality and a Patient Story

Kris Hoce, our President and CEO of the hospital took some time to speak to us about a patient story and Pardee Hospital.

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How Charitable are North Carolina Hospitals?

Recently, The North Carolina Justice Center released a document with information about hospital systems that deserve special recognition for providing charity care levels that exceed the cost of living for their region. Guess what hospital made this list? That's right, Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital. The executive summary is posted here. You can find the entire document here. The North Carolina Justice Center is the state's leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all.

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Lose weight, feed the hungry – and be featured on Biggest Loser

Here’s a way to help yourself to a healthier weight while you help your hungry neighbors in WNC – plus getting credit on national television for your effort.  All it takes is joining the national Pound For Pound challenge, where for every pound you pledge to lose, General Mills will donate 14 cents through its Feeding America program to MANNA, the local food bank serving Western North Carolina. Your pledge will be one of hundreds to be honored during an upcoming Biggest Loser episode to be aired in March in a segment about Asheville’s support for the Pound for Pound challenge. To be filmed on Feb. 23, it will feature Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy, volunteer teams at MANNA packing food for the hungry and participants in the Lighten Up 4 Life community weight loss challenge established by Mission Hospital.  Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville and McDowell Hospital in Marion are also participating. To sign up for Pound for Pound, just go to pfpchallenge.com. Making your pledge takes about five minutes. It’s an honor system, so no follow-up is needed. -CJP

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Less Frazzled, More Fabulous

Listen up, ladies. If you are feeling frazzled (aren't we all?), you may want to take the time to register for a new conference for women. Pardee is sponsoring "Forget the Frazzled Female & Embrace the Fabulous You." The conference aims to be a special day of powerful speakers, practical information and applicable tools designed to motivate and empower the women of our community. It is being presented by Summit Marketing Group and Power Up! and will be held on Friday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Bo Thomas Auditorium, Blue Ridge Community College. Pardee Family Medicine physician, Nathaniel Jablecki, M.D., is one of the featured speakers. Dr. Jablecki will discuss Health & Fitness in the real world. Pardee will also have information tables at the event to educate the women in attendance about Pardee's services. For more information, check out the brochure by clicking on the following link. Frazzled-Female-Brochure I hope to leave the conference less frazzled and more fabulous.

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Pardee’s Center for Joint Replacement celebrates 10th anniversary

[caption id="attachment_196" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Ribbon Cutting at Pardee's Orthopedic Center of Excellence"][/caption] Pardee’s Joint Replacement Center recently celebrated 10 years of providing thorough pre- and post-operative care and a unique “Joint Camp” experience for patients.  On Monday, Feb. 1 Pardee celebrated with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments.  Last year more than 500 joint replacement surgeries were performed at Pardee Hospital.   Pardee is building on the success of the Joint Center by developing an Orthopedic Center of Excellence.  The expansion plans include five new patient rooms, an expanded group physical therapy space and a new salon and massage room.  In addition, keeping patient comfort and care in mind, the entire orthopedics unit will undergo an interior renovation.  “We celebrated the fact that we have had a successful Joint Center for ten years.  We also recently welcomed several orthopedic physicians including a spine surgeon to our medical staff.  But just as important, we wanted to celebrate the new journey we are taking to expand, renovate and develop this center into a medical tourism destination for orthopedics,” said Debbie Patrick, development director of Pardee Hospital Foundation.  “Pardee consistently benchmarks among the top orthopedics programs in the nation.”  Close to one hundred physicians, area executives, government officials, Chamber members and associates attended the celebration.  This summer, a large community event is being planned once the renovations and expansion have been completed.  For additional information on Pardee’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence go to http://www.pardeewellness.org/.  The site features physician bios, video testimonials and ways to give.  -CJP

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