Our annual Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala, a Black Tie Affair, held on Saturday, June 17 was another huge success with more than 400 attendees who helped us raise a record-breaking $130,000 to benefit Pardee UNC Health Care and its mission to bring advanced, compassionate care to Henderson County and Western North Carolina. The gala included dinner, dancing, live music, a silent auction and a raffle.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual Physician of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year awards.
Now in its the fifth year, the Foundation presented the Physician of the Year Award, which is given to a Pardee physician whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care and a commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the community to Peter Goodfield, M.D., F.A.C.C. Dr. Goodfield is a board-certified cardiologist at Pardee UNC Health Care and sees patients at Hendersonville Cardiology Associates. He founded and currently serves as medical director of the HeartLife Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Pardee and as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having previously served as chief of staff, over the past 11 years, Dr. Goodfield has served on the Pardee board of directors, during which time chaired the Performance Improvement Committee, was a member of the Joint Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee and vice chair at various times. He served as a member and then chairman of the hospital’s Institutional Review Board from 1993 to 2013. He has served as principal investigator in dozens of clinical trials at Pardee and has published research in several medical journals. Dr. Goodfield joins the ranks of Dr. Eric Byrd, Dr. Ken Shelton, Dr. James Caserio, and Dr. Stuart Glassman who were previously recognized for exemplifying the spirit of the award.
For the 14th year, the Foundation presented the Philanthropist of the Year Award, which recognizes a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee UNC Health Care, Pardee Hospital Foundation and the improvement of the community’s health care to Mary Olson. Mrs. Olson is a patron of Pardee Hospital Foundation, supporting the Capital Campaign, sponsoring the annual black-tie gala, and serving as a sponsor and committee member of the Women Helping Women initiative since its inception. Olson retired from more than 40 years of teaching in California in 1993 when she and her husband John moved to Flat Rock. She is a patron of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, an avid supporter of the arts and was involved in the American Kennel Club for a number of years showing Dandie Dinmont Terriers.
The evening concluded with dinner, dancing, silent auction, and raffle drawing. This year’s raffle offered a chance to win a 7 Night Parisian and French Riviera getaway
for two, including airfare credit and hotel accommodations. Congratulations to Dr. Heather North, our raffle winner. Bon Voyage!
Each year the gala thrills our guests with creative themes, lavish decorations, delicious food and entertainment. We couldn’t do it without our talented and dedicated volunteers. Gala Committee members: Cristy Ballcells, Co-Chair; Kelly Ford, Co-Chair; Elissa Hamlin, Co-Chair; Kandi Hendricks, Co-Chair; Cortney Jackson, Co-Chair; Kathy Carpenter; Carolyn Collins; Amy Donaldson; Lisa Edney; Deanna Ellis; Patsy Farmer Jones; Sarah Gibbs Carpenter; Tyra Kirby; Heather Kogoy; Cindy Maxwell; Sarah McSwain; Miller Medina; Lynde Mickey; Lutrelle O’Cain; Linda Overstreet; Leigh Patschke; Jan Richards; Judy Smith; Ali Thomas and Suzanna Waddell. Thank you!
Businesses who donated their time or materials to make the event special included: Boomerang Custom Laser, Champagne Event Services, Classic Event Rental, Cooper Construction Company, Inc., Dining Innovations, East West Village Rentals, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flowers by Larry, Gateaux Cakes & Pastries, Magnificent Journeys, Rubberband, and U-Rent-A-Plant.
The field of golfers was full at our 21st Annual Tournament of Champions golf tournament held on Monday, May 2 at Kenmure Country Club. Participants played 18 holes of golf in either the morning or afternoon tournament, followed by an awards ceremony and dinner in the evening. Besides competing for the lowest score, participants also took their chances on longest drive, closest to the pin on four holes, and a hole-in-one contest. (more…)
Have you ever wondered what motivates a donor to give to Pardee Hospital Foundation? With so many worthy causes out there, what is it specifically about the Foundation that inspires our community year after year? Did you know that you didn’t even have to read the rest of this blog post to hear why our community members partner with the Foundation?
You can hear even more donor stories by checking out our YouTube page here.
So what impact do these friends have on the hospital? This year, contributions from our supporters have provided patients with (a short list):
- room and equipment improvements in the Urgent Care and Rehab & Wellness Center
- a new Hana Table that allows for more effective surgeries and faster recovery times during anterior hip replacement procedures
- rehabilitation pool flooring renovations
- ICU and Orthopedic recliner chairs
- a bladder scanner
- 187 IV pumps
We are so grateful for the steadfast support of these and all of our many partners. Without you, the Foundation would not be able to fund crucial enhancements at Pardee Hospital that are essential for patient safety and care. You help keep Pardee in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for patient safety.
Do you have plans for this weekend? Might we humbly suggest visiting the Flat Rock Playhouse downtown stage Saturday night to catch a reading of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit?
Wit, for those unfamiliar, is the intimate story of one woman’s journey following her cancer diagnosis. Viewers will hear the story as told from the main character’s point of view. With a minimal cast, it is the evolution of the patient, a renowned English scholar and professor, throughout her treatment that fascinates. A poignant reflection on intellect and compassion, writer Margaret Edson has created a shockingly humanistic experience for audiences. This true masterpiece, combined with the artistry of our friends at Flat Rock Playhouse, promises to deliver a memorable theatre experience. (Word to the wise: bring a tissue. When we say poignant, we mean poignant.)
Less tissue-worthy is the fact that all proceeds from this one night only performance will benefit Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women program.
What’s Women Helping Women?
- Pardee Hospital Foundation founded Women Helping Women in 1998 to address a morbid trend: Henderson County had the second highest death rate for breast cancer in the state.
- Today, thanks in large part to Women Helping Women and other charitable health-care programs, we have reduced the morbidity rate in Henderson County well below the state average to the lowest 15 percentile – 85th out of 100 counties in the North Carolina.
- Since 1998, Women Helping Women campaigns have raised more than $1.7 million for equipment, facility renovations, screenings and health-care services for women. In 2014, Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women campaign raised $145,000 to add to the on-going Women Helping Women fund for financial assistance for uninsured women for their healthcare needs at Pardee Hospital.
- Nearly 1,000 women have received financial assistance from Women Helping Women funds since 1998.
Showing is at 6:00 pm on October 24th. Tickets are only $10 and are available by calling the Flat Rock Playhouse box office at 828.693.0731 or by clicking here.
Thanks for checking back to find out about the second half of our mission – educating our community to support Pardee Hospital. We’re really excited to introduce you to our newest program that is leading the way in community health education and outreach: The Faith Community Health program.
Faith Community Health is a dynamic partnership facilitated by the Foundation between faith communities, Pardee Hospital services and physician groups, and community resources.
This collaboration allows the caring strengths of congregations, the clinical expertise of health providers, and a network of local resources to work together to promote holistic health. Pardee Hospital nurses volunteer their time and talent to partner with their home faith communities, providing a direct line of care through screenings, learning opportunities, and health counseling. Members of these faith communities not only benefit from the proximity to health resources but also from the opportunity to communicate potentially sensitive concerns with a familiar face. Within a manner of months, we already have seven local churches partner with us to bring the program to their congregations, and five nurses have undergone training to participate.
This program is a great extension of our work within Women Helping Women in which we support women in WNC by offering both financial and emotional support to those who need it.
If you aren’t already familiar with our Women Helping Women program, there are tons of opportunities in October to get engaged!
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Come join us for a staged reading of WIT at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown on October 24. (Call the Playhouse at 828.693.0731 for tickets. Only $10 each!)
We hope you will join us for this year’s Women Helping Women luncheon on Friday, October 30th at 11:30 AM at the Blue Ridge Community College. Register here.
It is a daily occurrence here at our office to have folks stop by and ask for directions. Most people are looking for their doctors, but some need help finding their vacation rental, their lawyer, or even the nearest doughnut shop. (And really, don’t we all need to know where to find the nearest doughnut shop?) We have become a direction hub, and we’ve heard it all.
Two of the most common follow up questions after the direction inquiry are “So what ARE you all exactly?” and “What is it that you DO?” We’d like to answer these questions by sharing our mission.
By the books, the mission of Pardee Hospital Foundation is to
inspire and educate the community to support Pardee Hospital.
Established in 1953, Pardee Hospital is a 222-bed, not-for-profit community hospital that provides quality, compassionate care to improve the health of the communities it serves.
First, how do we inspire our community? For one of the best examples, register for our Women Helping Women luncheon on October 30th and see for yourself!
WHW is a program that supports women in WNC by offering both financial and emotional support to those who need it. By attending and contributing to this event, you’ll support those who are without the means to pay for the screenings, treatments, and care they need.
Every year, Women Helping Women event speakers share powerful, inspiring stories. This year, Samantha Harris (of Dancing With The Stars and Entertainment Tonight) will share her triumphs and struggles overcoming an awful hurdle – a breast cancer diagnosis. Her positivity and energy are contagious, and you may leave with inspiration enough to save the world!
Check back in the next couple of weeks to hear more about the second part of our mission: educating the community.
If you’re already feeling inspired to get involved with PHF, let us know by contacting us, donating, or registering for the Women Helping Women luncheon. (We’re almost at half capacity, so reserve your seat soon!)