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Jean Ann Rushton and the Joseph McDowell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Support Pardee Cancer Center

Jean Ann Rushton is the Regent of the Joseph McDowell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Hendersonville.

“We are a service organization and always want to support projects in our community,” says Rushton. “Several members of our chapter have faced cancer, either themselves or as caregivers. We wanted to give back to Pardee because we believe having a strong cancer center here in Henderson County is so important.”

Rushton personally has had experience with Pardee. Her sister received cancer treatment and her husband has had several minor surgical procedures at the hospital. “Pardee is so convenient to us and we received wonderful care,” she says. “The doctors and nurses were very helpful and friendly, the facility was nice and clean, and the service was excellent.”

In commemoration of the Joseph McDowell DAR Chapter’s 100th anniversary, members raised money to name a nurse navigation room in the new Cancer Center. “We are so proud to have our name outside the nurse navigation room,” she says. “Pardee’s nurse navigation program really helps people when they are first diagnosed all the way through their cancer journey.”

Rushton says the Joseph McDowell DAR Chapter is honored to support the Cancer Center at Pardee. “Our chapter is really delighted to have a cancer center of this caliber so close to home. To have access to this level of care is phenomenal for Henderson County residents.”

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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.