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Lavinia Zimmerman’s Story

Lavinia Zimmerman spends some of her down time volunteering for Pardee Hospital. Through her volunteer work with the hospital, Lavinia heard about the new Comprehensive Cancer Center that was to be built on 7th Avenue. This news struck a cord with Zimmerman. Ten years ago, Lavinia’s husband passed away after a fight with bile duct cancer.

Throughout her husband’s diagnosis and cancer treatment, Zimmerman traveled a great deal in order to find the best possible care for her husband, including participation in clinical trials. Lavinia knows first hand how stressful travel can be for cancer patients and their loved ones. She hopes the Cancer Center, located here in Hendersonville, will spare others from having to travel long distances to access the best possible care.

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– Blue Ridge Now, January 1, 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.