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Henderson County News

Health care for neediest faces a ‘tidal wave on horizon’

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Henderson County social workers are bracing for a wave of confusion and anxiety from Medicaid recipients who are scheduled to choose managed care plans starting Oct. 1 in place of traditional fee-for-service health coverage. And even if the county weathers the transition, those patients may then confront a severe shortage of doctors willing to treat them, county officials say.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Affordable Care Act | Medicaid

Asheville Business

HCA exec from Florida to lead Mission

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Mission Health is excited to announce Chad Patrick as the new chief executive officer for HCA Healthcare’s North Carolina Division’s flagship 763-bed Mission Hospital. Patrick will be joining the team in mid-July.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Mission Health | HCA

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Edwards introduces bill for small business health insurance

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State Sen. Chuck Edwards joined three other senators on Tuesday to announce a proposal that they said would allow small businesses to cover employees at a lower cost.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Chuck Edwards | Obamacare

Asheville Business

Stein blesses Mission sale after negotiating sustained rural coverage

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After negotiating changes to ensure sustained hospital facilities in rural counties and greater geographic representation of a new health care trust, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced Wednesday that he would not object to HCA’s acquisition of Mission Health System’s assets.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Mission Hospitals | Mission Health

Fletcher Business

Pardee, AdventHealth chart strategies for a changing health care market

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Among the certainties in the new year is change on the health care front, and nowhere is that change as certain as in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | Pardee | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby | Adventist Health System | Jimm Bunch | AdventHealth

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | Pardee | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby | Jimm Bunch

Fletcher Business

Park Ridge breaks ground on Arden urgent care practice

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Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | hospital

Henderson County News

State sets hearing on day surgery facility application

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State regulators have set a hearing on Oct. 12 to receive comments on an application from Pardee UNC Health Care for permission to build a $16.3 million day surgery center in Mills River.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee

Henderson County Business

Clinical quality measures rank Pardee in top 5% in U.S.

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Henderson County News

Four Seasons wins $750,000 grant for major expansion

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Tags: health care | Four Seasons hospice

Fletcher News

Broccoli recall prompts warning from Park Ridge

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Park Ridge Health warned patients and cafeteria diners that a supplier of broccoli the hospital served has issued a voluntary recall of the vegetable because of possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | food safety

Henderson County Business

Pardee rebounding from 2016 loss

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A winter flu outbreak, a substantial gain in surgeries and cost controls propelled Pardee Hospital to a financial rebound from last year’s $13 million loss, administrators said.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Obamacare

Henderson County News

Center receives $50,000 to fund early childhood screening

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The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded the Children & Family Resource Center a $50,000 grant to provide early childhood developmental, hearing and vision screenings.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Children and Family Resource Center

Henderson County News

'Heart for Jadyn' auction is set for 5-year-old

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Artists from all over have donated fine works of art in response to a Hendersonville child's need for a new heart.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | charities

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County health board honored as best in state

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To the best climate, the best downtown, the best prep volleyball and the best World War II veteran honoring effort, citizens of Henderson County can add another reason to take pride: the best Board of Health.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | health | HopeRx | Henderson County Board of Health | tobacco

Henderson County News

Pardee forms Ebola response team

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Although the chance is remote that an Ebola patient will walk into Pardee Hospital, the hospital has adopted a strategy to be ready if it happens.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Ebola

Fletcher News

Truth elusive in Justus v. Rosner trial

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In any span of 45 minutes in the Justus v. Rosner medical malpractice practice case, the facts seem straightforward, even unassailable.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Henderson County News

Pardee cuts chaplaincy director post

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Pardee Hospital has eliminated its chaplaincy director position in a cost-cutting and administrative streamlining move.The hospital cut the fulltime position, held for many years by the Rev. Charles D. Kirby, and transferred supervision of the volunteer chaplains to its manager of auxiliary services.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Affordable Care Act | Pardee Hospital Auxiliary Services

Henderson County News

Haywood County selling its hospital

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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the sale of county-owned MedWest Haywood hospital, which has had a series of patient care-related and financial problems.   Read Story »

Tags: health care

Henderson County Business

Pardee CEO sought accord amid discord

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Jay Kirby's first hospital job was working as a nursing assistant in an emergency room while attending the University of South Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Affordable Care Act | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Henderson County Business

Pardee earns an A in safety again

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Pardee Hospital has received a top grade for its record of protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Pardee

Henderson County News

County names new public health director

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The Henderson County Board of Health has named Transylvania County public health director Steve Smith as the new public health director in Henderson County beginning May 5.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Henderson County Public Health Department | Henderson County Public Health Director Steve Smith

Henderson County Business

Pardee, Park Ridge ranked in NC survey

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Park Ridge Health in Fletcher ranked third in patient satisfaction and Pardee Hospital was among six smaller hospitals to make a business magazine's list of "Best Hospitals" in North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee

Henderson County Business

You callin' me cheap? Thanks, Pardee says

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Alan House, the chief financial officer for Pardee Hospital, stood in front of a screen filled with logos of raters that had recognized the hospital for quality, safety and patient satisfaction: Consumer Reports magazine, the Leap Frog Group, Women's Choice, Health Grades and others.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care

Henderson County Business

BRCHS opens clinic in Spindale

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services has opened its new clinic in Spindale, offering medical and behavioral health services and a discount pharmacy. Plans are in the works to add dental services next year.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Blue Ridge Community Health Services | Affordable Care Act

Henderson County News

'Two midnights' rule dims Pardee's fiscal picture

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  Pardee Hospital officials said they will have to be "judicious about hiring" and carefully manage staffing levels as a decline in emergency room visits and patient admissions depressed first quarter revenue.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care

Henderson County News

Mission names foundation president

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ASHEVILLE — A former banker with more than 20 years of experience in fundraising has been named the new president of the Mission Foundation, which raises money for Mission Health.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Mission Hospitals | non-profit organizations | fundraisers | Mission Health

Hendersonville Business

UNC, Duke compete in health care, too

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Basketball is a game of runs. Maybe health care is too.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Affordable Care Act

Henderson County News

Health board names interim director

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The Henderson County Board of Public Health has named Betsy Alexander the interim public health director beginning Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | health

Henderson County Business

Moyer to serve 3rd term as Pardee chair

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The Pardee Hospital Board of Director unanimously re-elected Bill Moyer as chairman after changing the bylaws to allow him to serve a third year as the board's leader.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Fielding Lucas | Bill Moyer

Henderson County News

Coalition launching fight against prescription drug abuse

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A coalition of health care providers, nonprofit agencies, educators and concerned parents will launch a countywide initiative next week to fight prescription abuse in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | non-profit organizations | crime | drug abuse | mental health

Henderson County News

Four Seasons wins $1.4 million grant for end-of-life care

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Hendersonville-based Four Seasons Compassion for Life has received a $1.4 million grant to help provide improved end-of-life care to rural and medically underserved populations in eight mountain counties.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Four Seasons hospice

Henderson County Business

Pardee, Mission set to open Fletcher campus

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Riding the momentum of a strong financial year, an extended agreement with UNC Health Care and a top ranking in surgeries, Pardee Hospital is set to launch new services at the Mission Pardee Health Campus in three weeks.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Pardee | Pardee-Mission health campus

Henderson County Business

Hendersonville practice among fastest growing companies

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Inc. magazine has ranked Hendersonville-based Blue Sky MD No. 1320 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, a measure of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | health | Blue Sky MD | Dr. David LaMond

Henderson County Politics

Meadows rips Obamacare before friendly crowd

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said a proposal to block the money for Obamacare is different from 40 previous House votes to repeal it because the defunding question would force a vote in the Senate.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Affordable Care Act | President Obama

Henderson County Business

NC cuts worse than Obamacare, Pardee CEO says

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Pardee Hospital's CEO told the hospital Board of Directors on Wednesday that cuts by North Carolina leaders had done more to harm the county-owned hospital than the federal Affordable Care Act, which he suggested has shouldered the greater blame in the eyes of the public. Obamacare could cost Pardee $5.6 million a year, he said, while state cuts could chop the hospital's revenue by $8.2 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Affordable Care Act | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Fletcher Business

Park Ridge names nurse of the year

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Park Ridge Health announced that Debra Williams has been selected as "Nurse of the Year."   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care

Henderson County News

Mission embarks on $350 million expansion, Citizen-Times reports

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Mission hospital is embarking on a major expansion that will include a $350 million tower and the possible demolition of the St. Joseph's building, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Pardee-Mission joint venture | Pardee | Mission Health | Pardee-Mission health campus

Henderson County Business

Pardee, Blue Ridge clinics to broaden cooperation

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Pardee Hospital and Blue Ridge Community Health Services are exploring a broad cooperation that could include co-locating clinics and other services, combining some administrative functions and support services and broadening health care access, both providers said in a news release.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Pardee | Blue Ridge Community Health Services | Pardee-Mission health campus

Hendersonville Business

Pardee clinic affiliates with BRCHS

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Pardee Hospital's family practice center on the hospital campus will become a Blue Ridge Community Health Services clinic on Monday in a move that hospital leaders say preserves a valuable residency training program, saves Pardee money and expands access.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Blue Ridge Community Health Services

Laurel Park Business

Park Ridge adds internist at Laurel Park

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Dr. Charles Harpe, a board-certified internal medicine physician, has joined Park Ridge Health's integrated network of providers and specialists.     Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | physicians

North Carolina Politics

McGrady, Whitmire support autism coverage bill

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Two members of Henderson County's legislative delegation were critical in support of a bill that would require employer-based insurance plans to cover treatment for patients with autism disorders.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | NC Rep. Chris Whitmire

Henderson County News

MISSION-PARDEE CAMPUS ADDING A NEW YMCA

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Pardee and Mission hospitals and the YMCA of Western North Carolina have agreed to add a new YMCA building to the Mission-Pardee health campus on the county line in Fletcher.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Mission Health | YMCA | Pardee-Mission health campus | health and fitness

Henderson County News

Dental Society names top dentist, dental workers

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The Henderson County Dental Society named its Dentist of the Year and honored other top dental office workers during an awards event last week.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | dentistry | Henderson County Dental Society | Dr. Pete Richards

Hendersonville Business

Laborde Eye Group welcomes new surgeon

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Dr. Stephen J. Capps has joined the Laborde Eye Group, clinic founder Robert P. Laborde announced.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Dr. Robert LaBorde

Henderson County News

Pardee adds internist

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Dr. Jamie M. Anthony has joined the staff of Pardee Internal Medicine Associates.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care

Henderson County News

EMS offers emergency cardiac arrest response training

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Henderson County Emergency Medical Services will present information to health care providers, first responders and EMS agencies about a new cardiac care program on Thursday at the Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Henderson County Emergency Medical Service

Henderson County News

BRCHS names chief operating officer

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Jennifer Hoots has assumed duties as chief operating officer of Blue Ridge Community Health Services, the health agency announced.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Blue Ridge Community Health Services | Jennifer Hoots

Henderson County News

Park Ridge adds family practitioner at Biltmore

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Park Ridge Health is pleased to welcome Teresa Bradley, M.D., board-certified in family medicine, to its network of primary care providers.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | physicians

Henderson County News

Jones honored for school health clinic support

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Henderson County schools Superintendent David L. Jones has been named the 2012 School Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina School Community Health Alliance.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Henderson County schools superintendent David Jones

Henderson County News

Blue Ridge health wins $50,000 grant for school clinics

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services Inc. has received a $50,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Inc. to increase access to health clinics in Henderson County public schools.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Public Schools | health care | Blue Ridge Community Health Services

Hendersonville Business

Rise in flu cases prompts Pardee to restrict visits

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A flu outbreak has prompted Pardee Hospital to impose restrictions on visits to patients.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care

Henderson County Business

Apodaca shoots down Mission COPA study

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The state Senate won't pursue further study of the state certificate that permitted the Mission-St. Joseph's hospital merger eight years ago, state Sen. Tom Apodaca said.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | Pardee-Mission joint venture | Mission Health

Fletcher Business

House panel orders Mission and Park Ridge to talk

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Mission Hospital said it was pleased with a state House committee's recommendation that it meet with Park Ridge Health "to discuss patient care in Western North Carolina."   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | Pardee-Mission joint venture | Mission Health

Henderson County News

Blue Ridge health center opens Brevard facility

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BREVARD — Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) has opened the Brevard Health Center, a new facility targeted at underserved patients in Transylvania County.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Blue Ridge Community Health Services

Henderson County Business

Mission hires marketing executive

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ASHEVILLE — Neil Gurney has been named vice president of strategic implementation at Mission Health, the hospital announced.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Mission Health

North Carolina Business

Rutherford hospital commits to Mission affiliation

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RUTHERFORDTON — After a search to identify the best possible long-term partner for its health system and community, Rutherford Regional Health System has decided to negotiate a formal affiliation agreement with Mission Health, the Asheville hospital said in a news release.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Mission Health

Fletcher Business

Pardee board points to foes' electioneering

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The Pardee Hospital Board of Directors on Wednesday drew a distinction between its strict policy governing campaign activity and an effort by Park Ridge Health supporters that appears to endorse candidates who would block Pardee's planned clinic in Fletcher.   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher | Pardee Hospital | Park Ridge Health | health care | Pardee-Mission joint venture