Published on June 23, 2015

Pardee Foundation Announces Physician and Philanthropist of the Year

Written by Adam Fisher

Pardee Hospital Foundation Announces Physician and Philanthropist of the Year at Annual

Pardee Hospital Foundation raises over $100,000 at annual gala and donor recognition event on Friday, June 19.

Pardee Hospital Foundation has named Dr. Stuart Glassman as Pardee Hospital’s Physician of the Year and Mary Ball Jackson of Hendersonville as Philanthropist of the Year. The two recipients were honored at the Foundation’s annual gala and donor recognition event that was held at Blue Ridge Community College on Friday, June 19. The event for Pardee Hospital drew over 385 attendees and rose over $100,000 in funds that will benefit Pardee Hospital’s Operating Room Integration Project.

Each year, the Foundation hosts the gala to inspire community support for Pardee Hospital, through education of the Hospital’s latest achievements and recognition of physicians and philanthropists that have made a difference in the lives of many in the community. Both Dr. Glassman and Ms. Jackson were chosen as award recipients by an appointed committee, selected from nominations made by patients, community members, Pardee staff, and fellow physicians and philanthropists.

Dr. Glassman is a very engaged member of the Pardee Hospital staff and has had a thriving general and peripheral vascular surgery practice in Hendersonville for nearly 30 years. He has a passion for the arts, which is what connected him to his wife Barbara, and lead him to his “alternative” career – a professional ceramic artist. Dr. Glassman’s dedication to his patients and his intent to always push Pardee Hospital towards excellence is why he stood out as a top candidate for the award of Physician of the Year. His acceptance speech at the Gala was one full of praise and accolades for Pardee, further reinforcing his dedication to not only his profession, but to the hospital as well.

“Both Dr. Glassman and Ms. Jackson embody a spirit of caring and professionalism,” said Kimerly Hinkelman, Executive Director of the Pardee Hospital Foundation. “We are honored that they have chosen to share their gifts and talents with us at Pardee Hospital.”

Philanthropist of the Year award recipient, Mary Ball Jackson, retired to Hendersonville with her husband over 20 years ago. Since she has been here, she has donated her time and her talent to the Pardee Hospital Auxiliary, working in the Garden Café, and serving on the Pardee Hospital Board both as a member as well as President. Ms. Jackson has also served on the Pardee Hospital Foundation Board and helped establish the Generations of Excellence Committee. She has also given her time to her church and to the Garden Club over the years.

The funds raised from this year’s event will benefit theOperation Room Integration Project, aimed to simplify the surgery suite, one of the most complex environments in the hospital. The integration will allow doctors and nurses to focus less on manipulating cumbersome machines and focus more on patient care. Improved technology will complement the surgeons’ skills and allow the entire surgical team to work more safely and efficiently.

The “Under the Stars” theme for the event was pulled together with a significant donation of time and materials from local businesses, Gala Committee members, and Pardee Hospital Foundation staff. Gala Committee Chairs Lisa Hamlin, William F. Gold, Deanna Ellis, and Kandi Hendricks along with the following businesses helped make the event possible: AAA Vacations, Common Saints, Corner Kitchen, Flowers by Larry, Lindsay Cromartie, Empire Distributing, Jaguar Land Rover Asheville, Diamond Rush Jewelers, Pat Lance with Spintastic Sounds, U-Rent-A- Plant, and Shelley’s Jewelry. “We are very grateful for the support we received from our volunteers, sponsors, and donors,” said Hinkelman. “Their support has an incredible impact not only on helping us advance our technology, but on the communities we serve. It is because of them that we can assure our patients and their families receive the best health care experience possible.”

The evening concluded with dinner, dancing, and the announcement of the big raffle winner. Reverend David Hinkelman won the all-inclusive Alaskan Cruise trip for two.

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