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Hendersonville, N.C. (December 5, 2013) – Kenmure Fights Cancer of Flat Rock donated more than $31,000 to Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital on October 16 at a luncheon held at Kenmure Country Club. Each hospital received a check for $15,662 specifically designated to support their respective cancer programs.
In five years, Kenmure Fights Cancer has donated $145,668 to Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital. Beginning in January of each year, the Kenmure Fights Cancer committee hosts a series of fundraising events and activities targeting a wide variety of interests. The culmination is a golf tournament, dinner and silent auction in late May.
With the help of Kenmure Fights Cancer, in recent years, Pardee has been able to upgrade digital mammography equipment to state-of-the-art at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center, purchase patient tracking software for the cancer center, and purchase blanket warmers which add to the comfort of patients daily. In 2013, Kenmure Fights Cancer gifts have been used to purchase a high-definition, flexible video nasoscope which will be used to examine the nasal passages and voicebox to evaluate for cancers and follow up after treatment. This device has the added capability of recording high-definition still or video images to share with patients or other medical personnel, bringing to Henderson County an innovative diagnostic tool.
At Park Ridge Health, recent contributions from Kenmure Fights Cancer helped provide an electronic door opener at Park Ridge Health’s Oncology & Infusion Center for enhanced wheelchair access, and technology to aid in locating patients’ veins for more comfortable treatment. This year, Kenmure Fights Cancer’s contributions are allocated toward the purchase of a stereotactic breast biopsy unit. Stereotactic biopsy is extensively used by radiologists and breast surgeons specializing in breast imaging to obtain tissue samples containing microcalcifications, which can be an early sign of breast cancer. Patients benefit greatly from this advanced technology because it identifies the exact location of the abnormality by using a computer and X-rays taken from at least two different angles.
About Kenmure Fights Cancer: Kenmure Fights Cancer is a community-focused initiative that raises money exclusively for cancer programs offered by hospitals in the Hendersonville area. All of Kenmure Fights Cancer’s contributions are earmarked specifically for equipment and technology to enhance patient care in the realm of cancer treatment. The committee’s mission is to “Remember” those we have lost to cancer; “Honor” those who have survived the battle; and “Support” those who are struggling against the disease. Kenmure Fights Cancer’s motto is, “Cancer Doesn’t Take a Day Off.”
About Park Ridge Health: Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge Health partnered with Adventist Health System, joining a family of 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals across the country. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region, Park Ridge Health provides personalized care throughout the region, offering a dedicated network of more than 130 primary care and specialty providers, a boutique delivery experience, cardiac care and rehab, state-of-the-art surgical care, nationally awarded cancer services, full-service orthopedic care and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit http://www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).
About Pardee Hospital: 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, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit http://www.pardeehospital.org.