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Pardee Cancer Education Series a Success

At the end of last year, as we were looking at plans for the new Pardee Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center, we asked ourselves how we could share this exciting news with the community. Thus, we developed the idea to host a Cancer Education Series during the month of February.

The Cancer Education Series was designed to inform, educate and engage the community about the existing cancer program at Pardee, the new Cancer Center, and open up discussion about treatments, technology and healing. Participants were invited to join us at the Flat Rock Cinema, the first four Mondays in February, for a lunch and learn discussion.

 Topics included: An Introduction to the Pardee Cancer Program and the Comprehensive Cancer Center; The Cancer Research Program at Pardee; Oncology:Hematology and Radiation; and Healing and Survivorship. Each talk hosted a variety of expert panelists who work in the cancer field on some level: surgery, treatment, research, navigation and healing. Each offered a unique perspective and an opportunity for the public to better understand the program at Pardee Hospital as it exists today, and as it’s being planned for in the future.

As the cancer education series wrapped up at the end on February, it was, by all accounts, a great success. More than 120 community members gathered to hear from Pardee oncologists, surgeons, navigators, health educators, cancer research nurses, and a palliative care social worker with Four Seasons as they discussed the cancer program, and what the new Center means to patients and our community.

We would like to thank all who participated and shared their knowledge with our community, as well as those who attended the event.

Thank You to Our Esteemed Panelists:

Thomas Eisenhauer, M.D., FACS, Chairman of the Pardee Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and Surgeon with Pardee Surgical Associates
William Medina, M.D., Retired Oncologist and Co-Chair of the Pardee Foundation Capital Campaign Committee
James Radford, M.D., Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology
Karen Morris, RN, Certified Clinical Research Professional, Cancer Research Program, Pardee
Cathy Jenkins, RN, Certified Clinical Research Professional, Cancer Research Program, Pardee
John Hill, M.D., Hematology Oncologist, Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology at Pardee
Mark McCullough, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Radiation Oncology at Pardee
Kristy Capps, RN III,CBPN-IC, Breast Cancer Navigator, Pardee
Leann Noakes, RN, CCRP, Cancer Navigator, Pardee
Sarah Hinson, MHPM, CHES, CHC, Pardee Signature Care Center
Debi Moran, LCSW, Palliative Care Social Worker, Four Seasons Compassion for Life

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.