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Pardee orthopedics construction and renovations rolling along

[caption id="attachment_1082" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Construction Nearing Completion in Group Therapy Area"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1083" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Framing Going up in new Patient Rooms"][/caption] Over the past few weeks Pardee Hospital has been taking some giant steps forward to improve the experience for our orthopedics patients. Construction has been rolling along and in the next couple of months patients on our Orthopedic Center of Excellence will have five new patient rooms, increased space in the salon and massage area and a major expansion of the group physical therapy space.  Plus, cosmetic renovations for the entire unit will help ensure that our orthopedic patients receive the best care in a comforting and healing environment.  The group therapy space should open in the next couple of weeks.  To find out more about Pardee’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence, take a tour, or help us with these plans, please call (828) 696-4666. -CJP

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Mission and Pardee Announce Collaboration to Expand Healthcare Services

Mission Hospital and Pardee Hospital are collaborating on plans for a patient-focused, outpatient-oriented health campus which will improve access, quality and availability of cost-effective healthcare services to residents of south Buncombe and north Henderson counties. “Mission and Pardee have a very successful history of working together to advance quality healthcare and effectively serve our region. We’ve heard from residents and physicians in the south Buncombe and north Henderson area and after considerable collaborative planning, we are pleased to announce this exciting project that supports our common mission of enhancing healthcare in the region,” said Kris Hoce, President and CEO of Pardee Hospital. The proposed location for the collaborative health campus is along Hendersonville Rd., in the town of Fletcher, on the Buncombe County and Henderson County line. The project is currently being planned as a two-level, approximately 130,000 square foot building. In addition to wellness and prevention programs, proposed services include imaging, surgery, emergency, rehabilitation, pharmacy, lab, and physician offices. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2011. “This health campus, which continues to evolve, is being designed by locally-based, community-owned hospitals to meet the specific healthcare needs of this growing area. When it is complete, it will provide high quality and convenient “one-stop” service for outpatient healthcare needs. There will not be a health facility like it in western N.C., which makes the project even more exciting. Health and wellness programs will be an important part of our health campus, making it an excellent complement to the proposed Heart of Fletcher initiative that will include public spaces, such as greenways and parks, that promote healthy activities such as walking, running and cycling,” Hoce added. “As we continue to refine plans, we are working with physicians who practice at our hospitals to create an outpatient environment that will enhance our focus on quality,” said Carleton Rider, Interim President and CEO of Mission Health System. “For the past two years both hospitals have been recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Dartmouth Health Atlas for providing high quality, low cost healthcare services to our region.  Bringing needed services closer to the people of these communities is part of our commitment to increase access to care and improve the health of our region.” The project will also bring an economic boost to Fletcher, Rider noted. “While the scope of the project is still being finalized, early indications are that the project will create between 150 and 200 construction jobs. Once completed, there will be jobs created at this location that don’t currently exist, creating a ripple effect over time,” Rider said. Mission Hospital, a 730-bed community-owned not-for-profit hospital founded in 1885, is part of Mission Health System. In addition to serving as the community hospital for Buncombe and Madison counties, Mission Hospital also provides tertiary care for western N.C.’s 18 counties. Pardee Hospital is the only hospital owned by the residents of Henderson County. Founded in 1953, it is a not-for-profit hospital licensed for 222 acute care beds and is the second largest employer in Henderson County. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus, including an adult day services center, a health education center in the Blue Ridge Mall, home care services, a rehab and wellness center, various physician practices, and an urgent care facility.

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Pardee announces new board member

Pardee Hospital recently announced the addition of Jack Summey to its Board of Directors. Summey is a local business owner and mechanical contractor, incorporating his business Summey Plumbing & Heating, Inc. in 1975. He is a charter member and past director of the Hendersonville Home Builders Association, and a charter member and past president of the Henderson County Mechanical and Electrical Association. Summey is a governor appointee and past chairman of the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors as well as a past board member of the Hendersonville Country Club and Mills River appointee to the Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee. Summey resides in Henderson County with his wife, Penny. He is the proud father of two daughters and has four grandchildren in Dallas and Grand Prairie, Texas.

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Thank you to everyone involved in care

I was browsing blueridgenow.com this morning and saw the note posted below, from Wayne and Sheila McCall. We are happy that you had such a good experience, we are a tight-knit community and it is a privilege to be able to provide you with the healthcare that you deserve. "Dear Community: My husband and I would like to thank everyone involved in the care for him during his tough times. Thanks to Dr. Alan Verm for doing a thorough job during a regular eye exam and discovering the melanoma in his eye and getting us scheduled with a retina specialist who referred us to Duke Medical Center. Before being able to go to Duke, Wayne fell and broke his hip during the last snow storm. We would like to thank everyone who helped him at Pardee Hospital. We have a very special thank you to Dr. Brian Seng for the wonderful job he did replacing the hip. His care, concern and professionalism were above and beyond anyone could expect. Also thanks to Dr. David Mackel and Dr. Paul Walker and their terrific office staff. We also want to let those who called, came to visit, sent cards and just kept us in their thoughts and prayers it meant a lot to us both. Thanks to everyone and your thoughtfulness will always be remembered." Wayne and Sheila McCall Hendersonville

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Prenatal care takes an innovative twist

Barbara Davenport, a certified nurse-midwife with Pardee Nurse-Midwifery,  wrote an article about Centering Pregnancy, a new model of prenatal care in groups.  The article, in it's entirety, can be viewed by clicking on Times News, Be Our Guest column.  It was 1ed in the newspaper today.  The following is an excerpt.
Centering Pregnancy is a model of prenatal care in groups that is changing the way people think about obstetrical care.  The model has three components: health care assessment, education, and support. It’s provided in a group facilitated by a credentialed healthcare provider and a co-facilitator.  Instead of traditional visits one-to-one with a physician or midwife, a small group of pregnant women and their provider come together on a regular basis for their prenatal visit in a group setting. Women enter centering groups after three months of pregnancy, when initial lab tests and pelvic exams have been completed.  By the time they are ready to deliver, they know everyone in their group like old friends.  Many times they continue to get together even after their babies are born. "Pregnant women wonder if the changes going on in their body are normal and want information about how to stay healthy.  It’s hard to address everything in the typical fifteen minute appointment.  Women also need to connect with other women going through pregnancy, to learn from each other," says Vicki Fleury, MSN, CNM, and co-facilitator of the groups. “Centering is the perfect place to do that since we have two hours together each month."

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