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"Pardee Hospital is demonstrating their commitment to our community..."

The Henderson County Red Cross is celebrating American Red Cross Month by offering free CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) classes to the community on Saturday, March 13. Red Cross chapters throughout the Western N.C. region are waiving the normal $35 class fee for on day only on “CPR Saturday.” “We know that CPR saves lives and this CPR Saturday gives us the opportunity to introduce those valuable life-saving skills to more people than ever,” said Mike Williams, Henderson County Chapter executive director. “ “Pardee Hospital is demonstrating their commitment to our community and to safety preparedness by sponsoring our CPR Saturday. Together, we’re committed to helping more people be prepared to save a life if necessary.” Classes will be held at a total of 15 locations throughout the region, including four sites in Hendersonville. Spanish classes will also be available. Interested persons should call (828) 693-5605 or their local Red Cross office for more information on times, location, types of classes and reservations. For more information, visit www.hcredcross.org. *Classes will be offered at Pardee Health Education Center located inside Blue Ridge Mall at 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville.

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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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