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Pardee Hospital Offers New General Cancer Support Group

Pardee Hospital is now offering a free monthly general cancer survivor support group. This support group is for individuals who have been treated or who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, and meets from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall.

The January 16, meeting will feature a guest speaker from Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care.

For more information about the General Cancer Support Group, and to RSVP, please contact Leann Noakes at (828) 698-7317. For a complete listing of the support groups Pardee Signature Care Center offers, please visit www.pardeehospital.org and click on the event calendar.


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Pardee Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

Pardee Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pardee Hospital was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

The Pardee Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

 

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Lunch and Learn: Using Exercise to Battle Cancer Related Fatigue

The community is invited to hear Lori Hart, MSPT, present "Using Exercise to Battle Cancer Related Fatigue." This Lunch and Learn workshop is from 12 - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Pardee Signature Care, located at 1800 Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville. This talk will introduce the principles behind the STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) program at Pardee Hospital.

Key topics of discussion for the event will include:

What is cancer related fatigue?
How can I feel better?
Is it really safe to exercise?
What exercise should I do?
How can I feel like I did before the cancer diagnosis?
What does it mean to be treated by a STAR trained clinician?

Lori Hart, MSPT, completed her master's degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She has been practicing physical therapy for 17 years in multiple health care settings including inpatient acute care, skilled nursing rehab, outpatient rehab and aquatic rehab. She has also served as adjunct professor at Western Carolina University. Lori has been working with cancer patients for the last five years and is STAR certified. Her passions include working with cancer patients and amputees.


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Victoria Power Receives International Lactation Certification

Victoria Power, MSN , CNM, IBCLC, of Pardee Center for Women's Health, recently received a certificate of competency in lactation consultation from the International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners (IBLCE). Power is now in a select group of professionals who are both nationally certified in nurse-midwifery and internationally certified in lactation.

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. To receive this certification, Power provided at least 1,000 hours of lactation support services, completed 90 hours of lactation-specific continuing education and passed a rigorous examination.

Breastfeeding support for new families was spotlighted in 2011 by the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Regina Benjamin. The Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding challenges the entire nation to work toward removing obstacles that can make it difficult for women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, and serves as a model roadmap for governments across the world to robustly address similar challenges.

"As a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant, my goal is to support the Surgeon General's call to action and to do my part to ensure that the women of Western North Carolina have the care and support they need during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum," said Power. Victoria Power serves as a certified nurse midwife at the Pardee Center for Women's Health providing gynecological, prenatal, delivery, postpartum and lactation care. To Schedule an appointment with Victoria Power, call (828) 698-7181.

The IBLCE is a non-profit organization established to develop and administer the certification examination for lactation consultants. The IBLCE examination is the premier, internationally recognized measure of competence in lactation consulting. Founded in 1985, the IBLCE has administered annual examinations, in multiple languages and at numerous sites around the world. IBLCE is fully accredited by the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the body which sets stringent standards for certifying organizations.


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Pardee welcomes Drs. Clary and Ward

Pardee Hospital welcomes Gail Clary, M.D., and Robert Ward, M.D., to the Pardee Physician Practice Network on December 2. They will continue to take new patients and remain in their current location at 617 Sixth Avenue West, under the new name of Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee until December 26, 2013. Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee will relocate to 705-A Sixth Avenue West on December 27, 2013.

Gail Clary, M.D., is a board-certified pulmonologist with Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee. Dr. Clary received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and completed a residency and fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients that span from asthma and other pulmonary disorders, to critical care and sleep disorders. Dr. Clary is board-certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. She is also a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Christian Medical and Dental Society, North Carolina Thoracic Society, Henderson County Medical Society and the North Carolina Medical Society.

Robert Ward, M.D., is a board-certified pulmonologist with Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Ward enjoys building relationships with his patients, listening to their medical issues and partnering to find the best solution for them. Dr. Ward is board-certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, Medical Association of the State of North Carolina, American Lung Association; Western Carolina Branch and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.


Please speak with a primary care provider about how Carolina Lung and Sleep at Pardee can benefit patients. Patients may also contact Carolina Lung and Sleep directly at (828) 696-2570.

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