Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has selected Pardee Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.
Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S., according to studies published in the June 2014 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery1 and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2.
In 2010, the estimated cost of hip replacements averaged $17,500 and the estimated cost of knee replacements averaged $16,000, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)3.
Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other hospitals.
Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.
Pardee Hospital is proud to be recognized by BCBSNC for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
"At Pardee Hospital, our orthopedic surgeons and staff work diligently to provide the highest quality in hip and knee replacement procedures, patient safety, cost effectiveness and patient outcomes," said James M. Kirby, II, president and CEO of Pardee Hospital. "In our growing community, hip and knee replacements are becoming more common as the population ages and we are here to provide patients the services and support they need to regain their quality of life."
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.
“We’re doing the homework for our customers by putting a spotlight on hospitals and facilities that offer high quality services at a fair price.” said Dr. Brian Caveney, chief medical officer of BCBSNC. “With health care costs continuing to rise, patients want to know how much value they are getting for their health care dollar. Identifying which providers meet or exceed industry standards is an important part of that equation.”
For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
1 J Bone Joint Surg Am, The Role of Overweight and Obesity in Relation to the More Rapid Growth of Total Knee Arthroplasty Volume Compared with Total Hip Arthroplasty Volume, 2014 Jun 04; 96 (11): 922 -928. http://dx.doi.org/10.2106/
2 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Incidents of Common Musculoskeletal Procedures and Treatment, 2014 March; http://www.aaos.org/research/
3HCUP Projections: Mobility/Orthopedic Procedures 2013 to 2012. HCUP Projections Report #2012-03. ONLINE September 20, 2012, U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Available: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/
Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.
Flat Rock Playhouse announced today a new partnership with Safelight, Hope & Healing for Families, whereby the local non-profit agency that provides support for victims of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse, will manage the dining hall and all of the concessions for both the Mainstage and Playhouse Downtown. During the “high season” at Flat Rock Playhouse, the dining hall provides food for 24 Apprentices and 8 Interns working at the Playhouse. Three meals a day, six days a week are provided at no cost to those participating in the Flat Rock Playhouse Apprentice and Internship programs. Professional actors and Playhouse staff will also be able to dine in the dining hall, should they choose to elect for a meal plan or punch card program.
Safelight runs one of the largest shelters in Western North Carolina for abused women, men and their children. Services are free and available to victims of interpersonal violence in shelter and outreach (non-shelter). It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Over time, Safelight has evolved from a strictly crisis-driven agency to one striving to develop longer-term services addressing community needs such as low-income housing and the availability of medical, mental health and substance abuse resources. They have also created job training programs for their residents and non-residents in The Safelight Resale Shop (formerly The Purple Ribbon) andDandelion Eatery.
Dandelion, a local eatery in downtown Hendersonville, opened in 2013 and is exclusively staffed by women making a new start for themselves. While working atDandelion, these interns are trained to re-enter the workforce by either working front or back of house. Dandelion has also been praised for their use of locally sourced fresh produce and baked goods. This partnership with Flat Rock Playhouse, overseen by Dandelion chef Anna Masteller, will be similar in terms of staffing and quality.
"We couldn't be more excited or proud to partner with Safelight,” says Flat Rock Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. “Their dedication to the community is exemplary, and their successes on behalf of the families they attend inspire. That we have the opportunity to help expand their mission and good works at any level is, frankly, an honor. Dually, the quality of their products will exponentially enhance our patron's experience when visiting the Playhouse, while the cultural impact it will have on our artists as they relish delicious meals together is sure to be significant."
“Safelight is thrilled to partner with Flat Rock Playhouse to provide concessions for their theatre productions and summer programs through Dandelion Eatery, our job training restaurant,” says Safelight Executive Director Tanya Blackford. “At Dandelion, interns learn the job skills they need to secure stable employment and provide financial security for themselves and their families. This opportunity with Flat Rock Playhouse means we will be able to expand the Dandelion internships we offer to even more survivors of violence or trauma.”
In addition to running the dining hall for Flat Rock Playhouse, Safelight will be managing the concession stands at both venues, providing delicious baked goods and treats to attending patrons.
"This partnership is one of the most exciting things to come together in my two years at the Playhouse,” says Flat Rock Playhouse Director of Development Ashley Pirsig. “Our patrons are going to be blown away by the delicious and creative concession stand offerings including signature cocktails, organic air-popped popcorn, even hot offerings like grits bowls and flat breads."The concessions partnership with Safelight will take effect with the opening of Million Dollar Quartet at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage on April 28th and run through the closing of A Celtic Christmas in December at the Playhouse Downtown.
The Hendersonville Chorale presents “Red White and Blue”
The Hendersonville Chorale will present its Spring Concert, Red, White and Blue, at
April 24, at First United Methodist Church. The program includes a broad range of American favorites and features a special tribute to members of the Armed Forces, past and present. Chorale members will be joined by members of the West Henderson High School JROTC. Color Guard, who will present the flag in honor of our military services during the closing segment of patriotic music. The Chorale is conducted by Mary Beth Shumate and accompanied by Michael Brannon. Paul Doebler, flutist, will also be featured. ,
Tickets are available at the Henderson County Visitor’s Center, Opportunity House, from Chorale members and at the door. Cost is $15 for adults, and there is no admission charge for children or students. Admission fee is also waived for active duty military personnel with current military identification.
Now in its 42nd concert season, the Hendersonville Chorale is the oldest continually performing choral group in Henderson County, having been organized in the spring of 1975 by Raymond Reed with the help and support of Opportunity House and assisted by R. Steele Phillips, accompanist. It is made up of more than 60 non-auditioned singers with a wide range in age and skill levels, all of whom share the love of singing.
Director Mary Beth Shumate has served as choral director for 25 years at Brevard High School. Her choruses have performed in Carnegie Hall among other venues in the United States and even as far away as Europe. With students as cast and crew, she directed and produced 23 Broadway musicals while at Brevard High School. She has directed the Brevard Community Chorus for large works at the Brevard Music Center and has prepared children’s choruses to perform in operas. She has been an adjunct professor for the music department at Brevard College and currently serves on the board of directors for the Brevard Philharmonic.
Accompanist Michael Brannon began his musical career with piano lesson at the age of seven; took his first organ lesson at age eight, played in church the following —and hasn’t stopped since! By the age of 19, he had already served as organist for two South Carolina churches when he became choir director and organist for Second Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. He came to Hendersonville in 1994 as director of music and organist for Grace Lutheran Church. He left the area after nine years, but returned and is currently the director of music for First United Methodist Church, accompanist for the Hendersonville Chorale and the Hendersonville Children’s Chorus and the Musician for Agudas Israel Congregation.
Paul Doebler, flutist, will perform during the Chorale’s presentation of Amazing Grace (arr. Richard Proulx). Paul, now retired, was a professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin. He currently resides in Hendersonville.
For more information, visit www.hendersonvillechorale.com.
THE MAPLE PARKING LOT ACROSS FROM CITY HALL WAS THE FIRST FOR A RECENT MAKE-OVER AND A NEW PARKING KIOSK...NOW...
Improvements were scheduled recently for a couple of parking lots in Hendersonville are nearing completion.
The Azalea and Laughter parking lots on King Street provides public parking in the downtown area.
The city said the repaved lots will improve driver and pedestrian safety, and residents said they look a lot better, too.
The project manager says there are a couple of minor things left to do, like putting up signage and installing lights.
The lots are open and ready to be used
Stater Senator Tom Apodaca and State Representative Chuck McGrady...both from Henderson County...responded to questions in this weekend's Asheville Citizen-Times about the controversial HB 2 legislation. That legislation, passed in a special session of the N.C. General Assembly earlier this year, struck down a Chartlotte city ordinance that allowed transgender individuals to use both men and women's restrooms in public plasces.
Apodaca, a Henderson County Republican who is one of the Senate's most powerful members, said any changes would be minor, but said he would not discuss specifics because a lawsuit has already been filed challenging the law.
“HB2 came about only because of Charlotte and they knew what they were doing when they did it. It’s not discriminatory. It matches federal statute to the letter," Apodaca said. "I’m not going to get into the particulars of HB2. It’s already done, signed into law. We have said there could be some tweaks, but I don’t think it will be repealed.”
He said worries about job losses are overblown.
“They’ll [companies] come if you give them the money," he said. "The other thing I thought was funny is when PayPal announced they weren’t going to come to North Carolina, another company the same day announced expansion in Charlotte. I think it’s a concerted effort by the LGBT organizations to put North Carolina as a battleground.”
“If you read HB2 verbatim, it is definitely being used as a political football,” he said.
Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, was on a long-planned vacation during the vote on HB2 and said he’s studied neither the Charlotte ordinance nor the legislation, but would get up to speed should the General Assembly revisit the issue.
McGrady said he’s heard from a mix of constituents, some who want the law repealed, while a group he met with on Thursday night said it was a good bill that protects privacy.
“I anticipate if leadership wants to take it up, I’ll get up to speed at that point, but I’m not pushing one way or the other,”
Two more people died from the flu as flu season nears its end in North Carolina.
That’s according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The weekly report showed the two deaths during the week of March 27 through April 2.
Since mid-October, the state reported there have been 29 deaths. That’s remarkably lower than last year.
The age group most affected are those 50 years and older.
Flu season in southern states typically wraps in May.
WITH CARRIAGE PARK DEVELOPER DALE HAMLIN FACING HAVING THE OFFICE, HIS HOME, AND OVER 20 LOTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT SOLD ON THE COURTHOUSE STEPS TO SATISFY OVER #13 MILLION IN DEBTS,, CARRIAGE PARK HAS FILED FOR CHAPTER 11 RE-ORGANIATION
Carriage Park Associates LLC filed Thursday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to court documents.
AT COUNCIL MEETINGS THURSDAY NIGHT IN HENDERSONVILLE AND MILLS RIVER
When Hendersonville City Council met Thursday hight, they approved a special use permit…that paves the way for 80 apartment units of affordable housing to e built on Lakewood Road. It will be known as Lakewood Terrace.
City Council also heard from consultant Steven Stansbery with Kimley-Horne consultants aboiut anticipated increases in traffic and parking in the Ninth Avenue Wedst area that will come with completion of the new health-science center being build on the Pardee Hospital main campus. Improving crossing safety, improving walk-ability and bike-ability, improving the traffic flow on North Whitted Street, and repairing and building sidewalks were some of the solutions they recommended.
And as City Council again tackled the issue of downtown parking, the city will be making chances in permits for downtown parking. Those recommendation came from downtown director Lew Holloway. The new permits will only be offered to existing permit holders…and no new permits wikll be available during a trial period.
Meanwhile….Mills River Town Council Thursday night heard from a consultant that a police force for Mills River would cost over a million dollars. Various stages and options were included in the consultant’s report. Council members and Town staff say that’s only one option being considered to provide required “core” services…and Council passed a resolution showing the Town’s commitment to working with Henderson County on other possible options for enhanced law enforcement in the Town.
Mills River Council passed a resolution indicating the Town's desire to work with Henderson County and with the county sheriff's department, possibly on a new contract for "enhancded law enforceent" in the Town.
Another resolution unanimously approved by Council Thursday night expressed the Council's opposition to hundreds of thousands of acres in the national forests, including in Pisgah National Forest which borders the Town, being designated as "wilderness" and as so-called National Recreation Areas. Council is concered that such designations would, in reality, be harmful to the forest and to water supplies generated in the forests. All of Hendersonville, and parts of both Henderson and Buncombe counties, rely on water from Mills River which originates in Pisgah National Forest. Henderson and Transylvania county boards of commissioners had earlier passed similar resolutions opposing the proposed designations.
By Larry Freeman WHKP 04/08/16 5am
ONE OF THE OLDEST INDEPENDENT PHARMACIES STILL OPERATING IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
One of the oldest and locally owned and operated businesses in Henderson County has moved to a new location.
Whitley Drugs has been on the Greenville Highway in Atha Plaza for many years. But with the new Publix store buying and coming to that location, with construction set to start late this summer of the new grocery store, Whitley Drugs has movedg right down the street to 814 Greenville Highway.
Whitley Drugs was started back in 1955 by Dr. Whitley…and over the years, Whitley’s has survived the influx of the newer, bigger, chain pharmacies. They have survived the growth and continue to succeed in such a highly competitive field due to their hometown friendly and customer service commitment.
In their new location, Flip, Mike and Jake and the whole staff at Whitley’s invite you to an “open house” and blood drive on Friday April 15th at that new 814 Greenville Highway new location.. As an indication of their commitment to the community, Whitley’s will be “teaming up” that day with The Blood Connection to sponsor a blood drive. Free food will be available during the “open house” and WHKP FM 107.7 and AM 1450 will be broadcasting “live” from Whitley’s throughout the whole day on the 15th…from 9am to 5pm.
The public is encouraged to drop by on Friday April 15th, as Whitley’s introduces you to their new location,. And as WHKP helps them celebrate their new home and 61 years of customer loyalty continued success.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 04/07/16 6am