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Bernie Linder’s Story

Bernie Linder was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002. Linder was pleased with the excellent treatment he received from Dr. William Medina, his oncologist, and Dr. Stuart Glassman, his surgeon. But what stands out most in his mind, 14 years after cancer treatment, is the exceptional care he received from his cancer nurse navigator, Leann Noakes.

In a recent article in the Hendersonville Lightning, Bernie acknowledged that it is the doctors’ job to choose the right medication, dosage and timing, but that it was his nurse that made the treatment bearable. “What was important was her attitude,” he said. “She made it much more acceptable.”

Linder was impressed when he read about the partnership between Blue Ridge Community College, Wingate University, Pardee Hospital, and the City of Hendersonville to build a new Comprehensive Cancer Center in Hendersonville. He knew that partnerships like there were special. As special as the care he received from his nurse navigator all those years ago. When the Linders learned of the Foundation’s capital campaign for the center, they jumped at the opportunity to honor Bernie’s nurse. Bernie and his wife made a donation that will name the Cancer Center’s patient navigator room for Leann Noakes, one of two patient navigators at Pardee.

Read the full story here.
– Hendersonville Lightning, April 21, 2016

Andrew Schmidt

Andrew Schmidt joined Pardee Hospital Foundation in November 2023 as a Donor Engagement Officer. Andrew began his career in fundraising at his alma mater, Sewanee: The University of the South, as an assistant director in charge of reunions and volunteers, working on milestone giving campaigns as well as alumni engagement and stewardship events. Andrew holds a BA in Philosophy from Sewanee and recently earned a MA in Applied Arts & Sciences from the Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Andrew previously served the Henderson Country community as an Advancement Analyst at nearby Kanuga Conference Center, where he was responsible for donor database administration, prospect research, and raising funds in support of a $15M capital campaign centered on a comprehensive renovation of the then-47-year-old Kanuga Lake Inn. Andrew looks forward to helping advance the mission of UNC Health and Pardee Hospital Foundation across the Western North Carolina region, and particularly in Transylvania County. When he’s not out and about visiting with donors, you can usually find Andrew scampering around DuPont and Pisgah with his wife, Sara and preschool-age son, Arthur.