Pardee Hospital Auxiliary has more than 253 active volunteer members. In 2011, this group of volunteers donated more than 29,000 hours of their time. Through the operation of a gift shop, flower machine, and the Garden Cafe Snack Shop, our volunteers raise thousands of dollars annually which fund new equipment and services for the hospital. The Auxiliary contributed more than $540,000 through their programs, donations and volunteer hours to Pardee Hospital.
Volunteers are a valuable part of the Pardee mission, and their ongoing support ensures the continuation of many community programs.
Alpha - 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency testing will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. Those who have been diagnosed with COPD, emphysema or uncontrolled asthma are encouraged to take this test as it could answer questions about their health. Tests will be offered the first Tuesday of each month. Tests are free of charge, take about three minutes and are performed by a registered nurse. Appointments are required by calling (828) 692-4600.
Carol Burke, AA, CTR, was recently designated as a Commission on Cancer-Trained Consultant. Burke was selected out of a total of 60 applicants throughout the nation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC). The CoC-Trained Consultant is available to hospitals that are seeking their initial accreditation with the CoC as well as assist hospitals that are preparing to be resurveyed by analyzing and evaluating their cancer program’s compliance with CoC standards. “The entire cancer program at Pardee is indebted to Ms. Burke for her contributions to the care of the cancer patient,” said Thomas Eisenhauer, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chairman of the Cancer Committee at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee. “We frequently receive commendations during the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer’s review of our data because of her diligence and expertise. She has been chosen to be part of a select group of individuals to receive some additional training by the Commission on Cancer to help other cancer programs become better. She also will consult with hospitals who wish to start a cancer program and essentially be responsible for building the system for that facility. By doing these consultations, she will develop additional knowledge and experience that will even further enhance her skills and effectiveness in our hospital here locally.” Burke has been with Pardee for 23 years and serves as the Cancer Program Coordinator at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee.