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Congratulations to our Vision Henderson County 2010 Grads!

[caption id="attachment_817" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="From L to R: Nina Lovern, Steve Novak, Lilly Bonetti"][/caption] Pardee Hospital is proud to recognize three of our associates that recently graduated from Vision Henderson County 2010. Lilly Bonetti, Physician Recruiter, Nina Lovern, RN, Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Program Coordinator and Steve Novak, Director of Pardee Hospital Pharmacy, spent the last nine months in the Vision Henderson County program. The mission of Vision Henderson County is to promote informed and committed civic volunteerism. Accordingly, its 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. Vision Henderson County participants meet the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through May. Each day-long class is spent meeting with local officials, community leaders and touring businesses and organizations that make Henderson County viable. Vision covers local government, economic development, business and industry, law enforcement and public safety, cultural resources and arts, the environment and natural resources and education. This latest class (2009/10) was the 14th graduating class. -CJP

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Edward Critikos does Eagle Scout project at Pardee Hospital

Edward Critikos, a 16-year old junior at Hendersonville High School has been very busy the past few weeks making the grounds of Pardee pretty. He is a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 628 based out of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. “I started with the Cub Scouts in first grade. It has been a long journey,” says Edward. Edward is working on becoming an Eagle Scout. He has 19 merit badges to date and only needs two more to receive this honor. After volunteering on Pardee’s orthopedic unit last summer Edward felt like he could spruce up some of the landscaping outside the unit. He spent the next five months planning a project to do just that. After many meetings with Craig Franks from Pardee Hospital's Engineering Department and Hope Reynolds, Pardee Hospital's Director of Human Resources he had a plan to landscape the outdoor corridor leading to the unit. “I really enjoyed working on the orthopedics unit. The staff and patients were all so nice. I wanted to do an Eagle Scout project that somehow gave back to them,” says Edward. Edward spent two Saturdays with six of his fellow Scouts weeding and strategically planting dozens of plants and shrubs. Pine straw was added as a final touch. If Edward’s name sounds familiar it is because he is the son of John P. Critikos II of Hendersonville Cardiology Associates. [caption id="attachment_645" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Edward Critikos stands by his Eagle Scout project at Pardee Hospital"][/caption] Edward thanked Pardee Hospital for their support and the following vendors for donating plants and pine straw for his project; Allen Martin and Joe McCrary, Home Depot, Garden Gate Nursery, Ace Hardware and Raymond’s Nursery. -CJP

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Earth Day 2010 Festival

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Pardee Hospital is sponsoring the ECO Earth Day Festival. It will include an outdoor solar stage featuring local musicians, storytellers and performance artists, workshops on sustainable gardening and green energy, a water festival, art projects and a green Olympics for kids, a greenway hike, a student short film festival, recycling of household batteries, tree planting, and much more. WHEN: Saturday, April 24 from 10-6 WHERE: Large field at Blue Ridge Community College campus. Rain contingency: BRCC Technology Building WHAT: Daytime activities, exhibits and events for people of all ages plus a benefit concert on Saturday night featuring Balsam Range and Shannon Whitworth and band at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall. Daytime program is free event with donations accepted. The evening concert is a ticketed event. It is important to Pardee Hospital to operated our healthcare facility in a way that ensures that we significantly improve the collective impact of human and environmental health.

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Pardee Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

Pardee Hospital is the only hospital in Henderson County to earn the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Approximately 15%, or about 700 hospitals in the United States have received this award. The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. Hospitals that meet QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines. Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician’s orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies

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Primary care issues take center stage

The following was written by Dr. Geoffrey L. Jones. To read the full article go to Times-News Be Our Guest Column. [caption id="attachment_477" align="alignleft" width="133" caption="Dr. Geoffrey Jones"][/caption] Wednesday, April 7, 2010 The article "Physician shortages may worsen" in the March 29 issue of the Times-News highlights many of the challenges primary care physicians are facing nationally. While there are valid arguments on both sides of the health care debate, no one argues that primary care is in trouble. For years there has been declining medical student interest in primary care specialties like family practice. Reasons for this are multi-factorial, including low pay relative to our peers, an increasingly complicated and inadequate payment system and perceived lifestyle sacrifices. Despite the controversies, health care reform is finally here. Primary care doctors in western North Carolina are already preparing for increased numbers of patients. Caring for more patients will certainly require more primary care doctors. To become a family physician, medical school graduates train for an additional three years in the specialty of family practice. Since 1994, the Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program has been striving to meet the primary health care needs of Henderson County. Sponsored jointly by the Mountain Area Health Education Center, Margaret R. Pardee Hospital and the University of North Carolina, the program's mission is to produce superior family physicians to serve the patients of western North Carolina and to provide leadership in improving access to quality health care. Our laboratory is the Hendersonville Family Health Center, which has been a national leader in the movement toward the patient-centered medical home. -CJP

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