DECEMBER 20, 2015: 3D Mammography will be offered at Pardee, beginning in mid-February, once technicians receive training on the new machine, which will take clearer images of tissue, reducing the need for call-back appointments.
JANUARY 1, 2016: Less than 10 months into its capital campaign, Pardee Hospital Foundation has raised over half of its $6 million goal for the new Comprehensive Cancer Center, slated to open in the fall of 2016.
With over $3 million in commitments, foundation Executive Director Kim Hinkelman said she believes the goal will be exceeded within the two-year timeframe of the campaign.
NOVEMBER 4, 2015: Numerous cancer survivors were among those at the annual Pardee Hospital Foundation event on Friday, which openly celebrated survivorship and talk of personal journeys with the disease.
Three local survivors of breast cancer — Karen Conley, Shannon Geyer and Jan Richards — were honored as the 2015 Women of Hope at the fundraiser, held at Blue Ridge Community College. Conley, Geyer and Richards will have their portraits displayed at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center along with other Woman of Hope recipients.
The luncheon proceeds totaled a little over $125,000, which will go directly toward women in need.
For more information about Pardee Hospital Foundation or Women Helping Women, visit pardeehospitalfoundation.org or call 828-233-2700. If you know someone in need today, have them call 828-698-7334.
OCTOBER, 2015: The Flat Rock Playhouse and Pardee Hospital Foundation have partnered to produce a one-night-only staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Wit” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.
Proceeds will benefit the Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women initiative.
The Health Care Cafe, a radio show hosted by Chris Comeaux, CEO of Four Seasons Compassion for Life, on WTZQ-AM 1600 every Monday from 5 to 5:30 p.m, recently interviewed Pardee’s Radiation Oncologist and Co-Chair of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Mark McCollough to discuss the Pardee Cancer Center and the effort to raise funds for the Pardee Hospital Foundation.
“The vision for the Cancer Program is to bring the Cancer Center services into one location. The Cancer Center being built right now will be one-third of the entire building. Nearly 100,000 square feet of the ground floor in the Cancer Center will include; medical oncology, radiation oncology surgery, support services, and research,” describes Dr. Mark McCullough in the interview with Chris Comeaux.
The overall mission of the Health Care Cafe show, says Comeaux, is threefold: “to help listeners become more educated about what is going on in health care so they can influence the political process, to affirm what’s going well in health care and to respond to the things people want to talk about.”
Thank you to the Hendersonville Lightning and Bill Moss for voicing encouragement and support for our efforts to raise capital for the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital, complete the Operating Room Integration project, and fund an Endowment for future services and programming.
A capital campaign is rarely ventured into with a faint heart or baseless need. The Foundation has done extensive research and determined the support exists for such a worthy endeavor. The Pardee Cancer Committee has also done their homework and determined the need exists for a truly comprehensive cancer center. Our efforts in raising $5 million will work towards making that dream a reality.
The move to a more technologically integrated suite of operating rooms is nothing new to health care, and certainly our high standards of surgical excellence at Pardee support such a move. We are honored to engage the community in making surgical outcomes safe, efficient, and focused on what matters most: our patients.
An endowment exists to support future needs and programs of the hospital. Through the existing endowment, the Foundation has already provided funds for the recruitment and retention of excellent staff, for launching new programs and research efforts, and for supporting the wide range of important needs which make Pardee an exceptional hospital. There is still much to be done in the future to continue to propel Pardee towards excellence. We are proud to be able to support those efforts with our community.