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Pardee is now composting.

[caption id="attachment_170" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Typical industrial composting center"][/caption] Compost is rich soil that is made from yard and kitchen waste. It is comprised from a mixture of green or nitrogen containing material and brown or carbon containing material. Pardee Hospital Nutrition Services has their food waste sent to Crowell Farms for composting. Composting is inexpensive and easy to do at home. Go to http://www.hendersoncountync.org/solidwaste for more information. -CJP

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Trees, Paper and Being Green

Today, I got to hear a seminar called "The Green Side of Printing." Paper is not seen as a very environmentally friendly industry, but  I learned differently today.  The paper industry has taken giant steps to being green. Since 1990, they have decreased their carbon footprint by using 90% less chemicals and water, 80% less paper waste, 90% less solvents which has led to 95% less damage to the environment.  For every tree they cut down, they plant anywhere from 2 - 4 trees to replace it.  One paper company even bought part of a Brazilian rain forest that had been destroyed just to replant and restore it. There are more trees today in the US than there was 100 years ago.  Even with all these good things the paper companies do, illegal logging and mismanagement of forests are still occurring throughout the world.   Each year mainly because of the demand for cheap paper. The US government passed a law in May 2008 that bans the sale or trade of ALL illegally harvested wood and forest products domestic or foreign. Within the last year we have stepped up our efforts to be enviromentaly friendly here at Pardee.  You may have seen our PardeeGreen logo on the website or printed materials.  In the majority of our printed pieces, we use a paper that is a 100% recycled and manufacted using biogas energy. This paper is FSC certified, meaning the paper we use can be traced back to the forest where the trees were cut and to know that our paper was not from illegally harvested trees. Their goal is to protect endangered forests and the indigenous people and animals that live in those forests. This is one of our small changes for the enviroment.  Next time you see one of our pieces, look for the PardeeGreen and the FSC logos.   kj

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We have a new YouTube Channel

In our recent past, we have been working diligently on quite a few video projects. We are proud of this work so we put together a YouTube Channel of the work and of our stories. When you are perusing the videos remember that all of the images are images that we took of the local area and of our physicians, employees and supporters. I think that is what I'm most proud of.  - R

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Vision Henderson County tours Pardee

[caption id="attachment_77" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Tony Galloway shows the Vision group one of the Pardee trauma suites"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_76" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Kristy Capps provides Vision group with tour of Pardee's Breast Center"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_75" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Rhonda Fain shows off one of the Pardee CT scanners to the Vision group"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_74" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Vision Henderson County group with MAMA"][/caption]

On Thursday, January 14 Pardee hosted the Vision Henderson County group for a half day of tours and presentations.  Vision Henderson County is led by John Boyd, whose long list of civic activities includes time as president of Western North Carolina Entrepreneurial Council, president of the Business and Merchants Association and a Chamber board member of Henderson and Transylvania Counties.  Vision Henderson County's mission is to promote informed and committed civic volunteerism, and programs are designed to help participants acquire both a fuller sense of the wide array of critical issues affecting Henderson County and the leadership skills necessary to motivate and engage others in collaborative efforts to resolve them.  During the day the tour group of about 30 individuals including our own Nina Lovern, Lilly Bonetti and Steve Novak, had the opportunity to listen to presentations by Dr. Steven Crane, our CEO Kris Hoce and Terry Layne of Henderson County EMS.  They also had in-depth tours of the ED, Radiation Therapy and the Breast Center.  One of the many highlights of the day was when the Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) copter touched down on our helicopter deck for the group.


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Feed the hungry Pound for Pound

I just checked out the Pound for Pound website.  General Mills, Subway and other corporate partners have taken the lead in helping out the hungry with the Pound for Pound program.  For every pound you lose, they have agreed to donate 14 cents to go to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic charitable hunger-relief organization, and local food agencies like MANNA FoodBank.  Lighten Up 4 Life , the community weight loss program sponsored by Pardee Hospital, is proud to be a part of this Pound for Pound challenge.  Go to the Lighten Up 4 Life site to find out more about this program, and how you can help feed the hungry while losing weight.  -CJP

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