Pardee’s new patient monitors were featured in a story on WLOS, ABC News 13, last night. The story featured an interview with Pardee associate, Gayle Sams and an emergency department patient. The new monitors are the result of a visit from Congressman Heath Shuler (D - NC, 11th District) last April. Congressman Shuler came to Pardee to announce $295,000 in federal appropriations for upgrades and equipment to the intensive care unit (ICU). As part of his visit, Shuler toured the hospital and presented the award to hospital representatives. This award was used to purchase the new monitors, which are now in the ICU and emergency department. The Pardee Hospital Foundation applied for the funding through Shuler’s office, who requested the money as part of the fiscal year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The bill was passed and signed into law in March 2009. This funding and the new monitors are helping Pardee to achieve the strategic goal of meeting and exceeding the health care needs the community and striving to provide health care value to our patients through the delivery of superior clinical programs.
Recently, in the Citizen-Times News Editorial Report Card, Pardee received an "A."
"A to Margaret Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, cited for excellence in providing charity care in a new report by the North Carolina Justice Center. In comparison with other Tar Heel hospitals, Pardee offers charity care policy that exceeds the area's cost of living, helping out low-income and uninsured families strapped with medical expenses."
The Editorial Report is an opinion piece that rates local, regional, and national topics. We are excited that this effort was noticed, because we strive to be transparent to our community. We even have a community benefit news ticker on our home page.
The care, technology, services and outreach Pardee Hospital provides for our community depends on our continued financial strength. A healthy operating margin allows us to grow in ways that improve health in Henderson County, keep health care accessible and plan for the future. Keeping our financials healthy means maintaining the faith and trust of all our stakeholders- our patients, our supporters and our entire community. This is achievable through true transparency and open communications. We keep our stakeholders informed throughout the year with our annual report, Healthy Horizons community newsletter, news releases to local media outlets, and our Web site and blog. As your community hospital, it is our duty to keep you informed of where and how your health care resources are invested. Our growth strengthens when you keep investing in us so we can invest in you.
People in the community are talking about Pardee Flat Rock Family Health Center. And why shouldn't they be? Pardee Flat Rock Family Health Center provides a patient-centered medical home that incorporates advanced concepts into primary care such as same-day appointments, appointments made online, e-visits and group medical visits. Established patients have access to non-urgent medical advice through e-mail and telephone consultations and share access to their medical information through a secure site. See the latest news about the practice here on BlueRidgeNow.com and watch their video interview with Dr. Crane below.
We ventured out into the popular East Fork of the French Broad this weekend to get some photos of Dr. Amal Das doing what he loves, fly fishing. I can attest to his fishing abilities because he gave a great lesson that lead to the landing of 18 rainbows.[gallery columns="4" orderby="title"]
He may love hunting trout, but he is also a great orthopedic surgeon. He is offering a free presentation about anterior hip replacements on Friday, December 18th if you are interested. Understanding what a joint replacement means to people who want to get back to their active lifestyles is something he is good at. He knows better than anyone that joints are replaceable, but fishing is not.