Joseph Laughter and Scott Keels support Pardee Cancer Center

Joseph Laughter and Scott Keels support Pardee Cancer Center

Joseph Laughter and Scott Keels are keenly aware of what the future holds for our community and the impact that the Pardee Cancer Center will have.  Long time residents of Henderson County, these two embody the wonderful sense of community that is shared here.

Joseph celebrated 30 years in business in November 2016 with his landmark retail store, Joseph Laughter Clothier, well known among the savvy male (and female) shopper in Henderson County and beyond. Partner Scott of Scott Keels Designs is an accomplished designer having worked with many residents and businesses in the community for over 20 years.

They both have thankfully been healthy over the years and not needed extended stays or care in the hospital. However, they have known loved ones and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer and see the toll it takes.

”My store is a place where customers become friends,” said Joseph. “I’ve been so touched by stories of people with cancer over the years…customers who are suddenly gone. I wonder if some of those people would have been here today with early diagnosis or a more advanced treatment facility like we have today.”

Inspired Giving

When asked why they chose to give to the Cancer Center, the couple both said it was the facility and all that it represents. Joseph was born at Patton Memorial Hospital and has watched Pardee evolve and become what it is today. It was important to him and Scott to be a part of this newest phase of Pardee. 

“For anyone thinking of a gift, I would simply say just walk into this beautiful and welcoming lobby. You will be inspired and amazed at how much is being done here for the most advanced treatment of cancer. You will want to be a part of this future,” says Laughter.

Inspired Design

Designer Scott Keels was inspired by the design of the building and treatment spaces. Having been in various health care spaces over the years, Scott notes that they can be confusing to navigate and not always designed with the patient in mind. “The new Cancer Center is very welcoming and designed for the patient,” notes Scott. “I see this building as being a huge asset not just for right now, but in the future. This will be an amazing influence in our community, with the school and the cancer center all together in one space.”  

Both applaud the modern design of the building and how well it can handle and showcase the local pieces of art found throughout. 

Inspired Care

Both Joseph and Scott were impressed by the advanced technology, research, and personal touches found in the new Cancer Center. The linear accelerator, cancer research suite and healing garden adjacent to the infusion treatment bays were all elements that resonated with them and reinforced their view of the impact this facility will have in the future.

Love. Care. Share.

“People think they have to leave to go to Duke or somewhere else for their cancer treatment,” said Joseph. “You really don’t have to. There’s nothing nicer than being at home. This facility makes that possible.” Joseph and Scott asked that “Love. Care. Share.” be added to the plaque outside the room they’ve named, because “that’s really what it’s all about.”

Workers race to finish Health Sciences Center

Workers race to finish Health Sciences Center

“I’ve never seen a project that had such an army of workers on it around the clock,” Dr. Bill Medina, the chairman of the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors, said during the regular board meeting on Wednesday.

Medina drove by around 6 o’clock Tuesday evening and saw construction workers working inside and out. “I drove by again about 10 till 11 and they had a big spotlight and a smaller army of people still working on the concrete steps.”

Read the Hendersonville Lightning article.

Newest Cancer Fighting Weapon

Newest Cancer Fighting Weapon

A linear accelerator is a precision medical device that is used to treat cancer patients. Technically, it doesn’t really “kill” cancer cells; rather it does something to them that keeps them from reproducing. I learned this and a whole lot more from Tom Dellinger, Pardee’s medical physicist at the Kayden Radiation Oncology Center, who knows a lot about linear accelerators — particularly the one we’re getting. Dellinger handed me a shiny brochure similar to what you might find in a new car showroom. It featured a model called the Elekta Infinity. Eleckta is a Swedish firm but the Infinity is made in the UK and it costs about $2 million.

Read the Hendersonville Lightning article.

Health Sciences Center on track for fall classes

Health Sciences Center on track for fall classes

May 27, 2016: With finish work now in process at the Health Sciences Center, construction should be complete in time for the start of Wingate University and Blue Ridge Community College’s fall sessions.

The county-owned building at the corner of Sixth Avenue West and North Oak Street — the fruit of a partnership between the county, the city of Hendersonville, Pardee Hospital, BRCC and Wingate University — will be ready for the educational programs in July, with a majority of site work slated for completion at that time.

Read the Times News article. 

Of the three Bernies, he’s the generous one

Of the three Bernies, he’s the generous one

“Making it bearable is a large part of this process,” he said. “You walk in there and it can be a tough place. It’s a gloomy procedure.”

Linder, 81, is grateful to this day — 14 years after cancer treatment — that he got an extraordinary nurse with an extraordinary gift for lifting the darkness. “What was important was her attitude,” he said. “She made it much more acceptable.”

Read the Hendersonville Lightning article.