Hendersonville's Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital celebrated it's 60th anniversary Saturday night by recognizing two hospital leaders in a gala black-tie celebration on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. Now affiliated with and under the management of UNC Health Care, Pardee Hospital began servng the local community as the "county" hospital in 1953 after being created by a handful of local physicians and community leaders to replace the community's first hospital, Patton Hospital.
Saturday's night's gala event and recognition ceremony was sponsored and put together by the Pardee Hospital Foundation, which is a fund raisng arm of the hospital.
The Pardee Hospital Foundation named Don Holder as its Health Care Philanthropist of the Year and Dr. Ken Shelton as its Health Care Physician of the Year during an annual donor recognition event at Blue Ridge Community College Saturday.
The foundation's board of directors presents the Philanthropist of the Year award to a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee Hospital, the Pardee Hospital Foundation and for the improvement of the community's health care.
Past winners of this award include Bob and Doris Eklund, Colin Thomas, M.D., Grace Vineyard, Phillip Sellers, M.D, Dot Marlow, Kenneth Youngblood and Eleanora Meloun.
The inaugural Physician of the Year award is designed to recognize a physician at Pardee whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate care and a commitment to improving the lives of countless people throughout the community. Dr. Shelton is a former chief of the medical staff at Pardee.
Philanthropist of the Year
Holder has been an active member of the Hendersonville community for more than 30 years. Along with founding and serving as president of Four Seasons Financial Services Inc., he has volunteered for a litany of organizations in the area.
Holder has been a long-time active member of Pardee Hospital's Board of Trustees, including three-term president, founding president and chairman of the Pardee Hospital Foundation and Pardee Urgent Care board member.