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Pardee now offers cardiac scans with advanced 64 slice low dose scanner

Pardee has a new 64 slice LightSpeed® VCT XT configured system from GE Healthcare which delivers high quality images of the brain and heart with improved resolution and a lowered radiation dose. “The addition of the GE LightSpeed VCT XT configured system complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that Pardee offers the community,” said Edna Mulenex, director of radiology at Pardee. “This scanner provides us with vastly improved image quality and imaging speed, and allows us to scan patients with less radiation dose while still delivering excellent image quality. Some patients present special challenges when undergoing CT testing. Now, even those who thought CT was inaccessible can be easily imaged and diagnosed,” Mulenex added. CT exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination. The GE LightSpeed VCT XT configured system non-invasively assists physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas. Coronary CT angiograms can help non-invasively determine whether fatty deposits or calcium deposits have built up in the coronary arteries and significant narrowing of the major coronary arteries. Calcium-scoring screening heart scans can also be performed to detect calcium deposits found in atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries. The calcium-score heart scan can be used to evaluate risk for future coronary artery disease.

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Pardee Recognizes First DAISY Award Recipient

[gallery link="file" order="DESC"] Jane Nelson, R.N., was recently honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Nelson, a registered nurse on the intensive care unit at Pardee, is the first DAISY award recipient for the hospital. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the care and compassion of nurses and say thank you for the efforts nurses perform everyday. The DAISY Foundation was established by family members of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. The family came up with the acronym DAISY to stand for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY award program,” said Pat Ashe, chief nursing officer at Pardee. “Nurses are heroes everyday. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY award provides a way for us to do that.” DAISY award recipients are nominated by their peers, physicians, patients and families, and other staff and administrators. Jane Nelson, R.N., was chosen by her peers for demonstrating compassion and honesty while caring for her patients. Her confidence and critical care skills gain the trust of her patients and families, physicians and peers. She is an advocate for her patients and always lends a hand to her co-workers. Each month, nurses from various units throughout Pardee will be nominated to receive this award. Recipients of the award receive a leather-bound certificate, DAISY award pin and a hand-carved serpentine sculpture from the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe, entitled “A Healer’s Touch.” The nominees for the first DAISY award were: Wendy Ridings, LPN (2-West), Paula Walz, R.N. (2-West), Amber Pullum, R.N. (3B), Tangie Justice, R.N. (3B), Lori Johnson, R.N. (3B), Jane Nelson, R.N. (ICU) Click here to view the write-up submitted for Jane’s nomination. Congratulations, Jane, for being the first DAISY award recipient and on a job well done!

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Pardee Orthopedics receives words of thanks

Thanks to everyone on Pardee's Orthopedic Center of Excellence for the great care I got after my knee replacement. I don’t remember everyone’s name, but I do remember Cathy, Miranda, Stephanie and Nina. Thanks too to Angela for keeping everything at the front desk in order. Thanks to Scott for relaying all the information to me and deepest thanks to the entire physical therapy staff – Barb, Tom and Courtney, for all the exercises that got me moving again. And last but not least, thanks to Gladys, you have a great team and should be very proud of everyone on it. I am sure they are all proud of you. I think this says it all – “Such a difference one kindness makes.” Thank You!  B.J. -CJP

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NC's only hospital to receive achievement award

"We're proud to be the only hospital in North Carolina and one of only 59 in the United States to receive the OAA award in 2009," said Pardee CEO Kris Hoce. "Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our cancer program physicians and staff, residents in our community have access to the most advanced and comprehensive cancer screenings and treatments available." You can see the article here. -R

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What is PardeeGreen anyway?

Pardee is a charter member of Practice Greenhealth.  Practice Greenhealth is a nonprofit organization founded on the principals of positive environmental stewardship.  As a member of Practice Greenhealth, we are committed to the virtual elimination of mercury, overall waste reductions, minimizing the use of toxic substances and the design, construction and operation of healthcare facilities that significantly improve the collective impact of human and environmental health. The other aspect of this initiative is evident in all of our decision making  for the hospital. After all, we consider ourselves the community's hospital, so whenever we print marketing pieces they are FSC certified 100% recycled. We recycle cans, bottles, internal papers and pretty much everything else that we can get our hands on. If you have any recommendations or ideas, let us know. We have some interesting projects in the works, stay tuned. -R

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