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Published on March 01, 2018

Pardee UNC Health Care Recognizes Dr. Charles Albers for 36 Years of Service

Albers announces retirement from professional practice

At its February 28 Board of Directors meeting, Pardee UNC Health Care administration and board members recognized Dr. Charles Albers for 36 years of service to Henderson County. In addition to his general surgery practice, Dr. Albers has served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, as a member of the Board of Trustees for Pardee Hospital, and in 2006 was asked to start and lead a new breast care program at Pardee. Learning from his wife’s personal experience with breast cancer, Albers set out to create a fully integrated and navigated continuum of care for the breast care program.

Taken from an excerpt from a 2016 column in which Dr. Albers explained the evolution of the breast care program at Pardee, he noted that in 2006, “there was nothing terribly cutting edge about breast care programs. We all had relatively comparable technology, performed the same types of surgeries, and offered similar treatments. However, I knew that there was one key area where Pardee could be innovative and that was in how we treated our patients. I knew immediately that I wanted our new program to treat everyone like a doctor’s wife. Pardee would make it their mission to offer a level of service unlike any other, allowing each patient to completely and efficiently navigate a truly integrated system.” That system has evolved into a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary program that serves women and men. The leadership of the breast care program will transition to Dr. Jennifer McAlister.

"Dr. Albers has made a tremendous impact on the lives of many women in our community,” said Dr. David Ellis, chief medical officer at Pardee UNC Health Care. “He leaves a strong legacy with our Breast Care Program and has worked to create a seamless transition in leadership to Dr. Jennifer McAlister. We are grateful to him for his vision and his dedication.”