Dedications at the Pardee Cancer Center

Dedications at the Pardee Cancer Center

On Friday, May 24, donors dedicated Infusion Bays in the Pardee Cancer Center. Mrs. Diana Hoffman, accompanied by her daughter, Stephanie and her son, Evan dedicated Infusion Bay #7 to her late husband, Bill. “Bill received wonderful treatment at Pardee,” said Diana, “While we wanted a different outcome, we as a family are proud to dedicate this room in his memory, knowing our support will help other patients receive the same compassionate care.”

James T. and Elizabeth Logan dedicated Infusion Bay #8 in honor of the doctors and nurses at the Cancer Center. “I have worked in healthcare facilities and have been treated in some fine ones, and Pardee stands up there with the best of them,” said James. “The people at the Cancer Center are top notch.”

Elizabeth Logan and James T. Logan at the dedication with Foundation Board members Deanna Ellis and Patsy Farmer Jones.

The Hoffmans’ and Logans’ support will help the staff and Center acquire new and upgraded equipment. $11,000 is still needed for the purchase of additional exam tables and an upgraded Brevera Breast Biosys system.

Please consider a gift so future patients can continue to receive the same excellent care and treatment as these generous donors.
Contact Major Gifts Officer Jim Brewer at jim.brewer@unchealth.unc.edu to make your gift.

Pardee Cancer Center- A Full Scope of Cancer Services

Pardee Cancer Center- A Full Scope of Cancer Services

Everyone who gave to the Pardee Cancer Center believed it was going to be some-thing special and they wanted to be a part of its future. In the two years since the Cancer Center opened their faith has been justified.

  • The number of patients treated daily has increased from 85 to 129, a 50% increase!
  • The number of research protocols has risen from 40 to 54, a 30% increase.
  • The number of patients enrolled in a research protocol has grown from 9% to 14%.
  • In January, Pardee enrolled the 1000th patient in a clinical research trial. Patients are traveling to Pardee from throughout the Southeast, sometimes
    driving more than 3 hours.
  • Our cancer treatment capabilities now include gene therapy and immunotherapy.
  • Dr. Radford, head of our research program, was named as one of the Top Physicians in North Carolina.

Your support of the Cancer Center helped to make the above achievements possible. This year, the physicians and team members at the Center asked for our help in acquiring new equipment and enhancements, totaling $100,000. To date, $88,000 has been given by grateful patients and others. With two months to go, we need your help to raise the final $12,000.

We are asking you to consider a gift to help our cancer patients. You can give by contacting Jim Brewer at 828/233-2710, jim.brewer@pardeehospital.org,
or by going online to www.pardeehospitalfoundtion.org.

Or click on this link to be directed to our secure donation page.

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.