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Pardee Hospital Foundation Celebrates UNC Health Pardee and its Focus on Cardiology Services at Upcoming Gala

Hendersonville, NC – The Pardee Hospital Foundation will host hundreds of guests at its upcoming annual gala on Saturday, June 3 at Blue Ridge Community College. This black-tie affair is a time to celebrate UNC Health Pardee and its continued dedication to meeting the growing medical needs of Henderson County and Western North Carolina. This year’s event will focus on Pardee’s commitment to providing cardiology services to the region and will include dinner, dancing, live music, a silent auction and a raffle.

“There is so much to celebrate,” remarked Pardee Hospital Foundation Executive Director Amy Treece. “In the last year, UNC Health Pardee had almost 688,000 patient encounters while working towards opening practices in two new communities and expanding services in cardiology, neurology, orthopedics and primary care with the addition of new providers. We’re honored to host gala guests this year who ensure that medical needs of our community are met with both urgency and excellence. We’re especially excited to announce that this year’s proceeds will support our growing cardiology program.”

Additionally, the June 3 event will include recognition of the recipient of the Pardee Physician of the Year Award, following a peer, co-worker and community nominations process. The honor is bestowed upon a Pardee physician whose career is defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care and a commitment to improving the lives of others. The Philanthropist of the Year will also be recognized, celebrating one donor’s outstanding contributions to UNC Health Pardee, Pardee Hospital Foundation, and the improvement of the community’s health care.

The gala is generously underwritten by companies and individuals including major sponsors Norm’s Minit Mart, First Citizens Bank, Southeastern Sports Medicine and Wilsonart. Tickets to the gala are $200 each and can be purchased by visiting www.pardeehospitalfoundation.org or by calling 828-233-2700.

Pardee Hospital Foundation was approved as a non-profit Foundation in January 1996. The Foundation exists to educate and inspire individuals, businesses, and organizations to support Pardee Hospital services and programs while advancing the health and well-being of the community through prevention and treatment. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated over $30 million in pledges and cash gifts for Pardee services. To learn more about the Pardee Hospital Foundation visit pardeehospitalfoundation.org.

UNC Health Pardee is a not-for-profit community healthcare system and is managed by UNC Health. The hospital, founded in 1953, is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, a cancer center, four urgent care locations and six orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit  www.pardeehospital.org.

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.