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Grand Opening Celebration Park Ridge Health South Asheville

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Park Ridge Health will host a grand opening celebration at its new South Asheville campus this Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. Park Ridge Health South Asheville is located immediately off I-26, Exit 37 (Long Shoals Road), and across from the entrance to Biltmore Park.

Community members, community leaders, elected officials, and Park Ridge Health leadership and staff will celebrate the opening of this leading-edge facility with tours, live music, food provided by Travinia Italian Kitchen, prizes and giveaways.

At Park Ridge Health South Asheville, patients have access to many of the region’s leading primary providers and specialists, as well as other high-demand medical services. More than 20 physicians and providers offer care at Park Ridge Health South Asheville, with extended hours, weekend hours and same-day appointments available. Many of the providers offering care at Park Ridge Health South Asheville are relocating from practices in the South Asheville and Arden areas to offer improved access for patients and the community.

WestCare Primary Clinic at WCU

Monday, July 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – WestCare Health will launch a new full-time primary care clinic in the Health and Human Sciences Building on the West Campus of Western Carolina University, with a targeted opening in September.

The clinic is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the university in which access to care will be expanded in the community and educational opportunities will be provided to health sciences students.

A family nurse practitioner will begin seeing patients this fall when the clinic opens and will be joined by a physician recruited to the community specifically for the clinic at WCU. The practice will treat patients ages 16 and older.

Doug Keskula, dean of WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences, hailed the opening of the clinic as the latest collaborative effort between the college and health care partners to help meet the needs of people from the region while providing students opportunities for hands-on education and faculty members with opportunities for professional practice and research.

“We are excited to welcome the WestCare primary care clinic to the Health and Human Sciences Building at Western Carolina University,” Keskula said. “Through this important partnership, we can provide exceptional health services to our community while supporting the development of a highly skilled health workforce for the future.”

Steve Heatherly, president and CEO of WestCare, said the health care provider serving four counties of Western North Carolina has a tradition of working with WCU to serve the health care needs of the community.

“There is a need for additional access to primary care in our community and we are pleased to serve the residents of southern Jackson County as well as the faculty and staff of Western Carolina University. Serving the educational needs of local health sciences students through clinical rotations is an important feature of the clinic and we are privileged to participate,” said Heatherly.

The clinic will occupy 2,000 square feet within the 160,000-square-foot Health and Human Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the critical intersection of health sciences and technology. In December 2013, WestCare opened a rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic in the building. Carolina West Sports Medicine provides care to the community and collaborates clinically with WCU rehabilitation and sports medicine faculty, staff and students. WestCare donated the onsite therapy pool used in treating specific injuries and conditions. The new primary care clinic will be located adjacent to the Carolina West Sports Medicine space.

“WestCare is committed to serving the community through access and education so that local healthcare can be strengthened from both the patient and provider aspects,” Heatherly said. “The clinic at WCU creates an environment for the hospital to partner with the university in improving lives.”

The Health and Human Sciences Building is the first facility to be built on WCU’s West Campus, 344 acres across N.C. Highway 107 from the main campus that were acquired in 2005 as part of the Millennial Initiative. A comprehensive regional economic development strategy, the Millennial Initiative promotes university collaboration with private industry and government partners to enhance hands-on student learning and collaborative research.

Health care has emerged as a point of emphasis for the Millennial Initiative and for the university, said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher.

“We have long envisioned this building as a place of learning, collaboration and community – a point of intersection between our educational pursuits and our community engagement values,” Belcher said. “Thanks to partnerships such as the one we have with our friends at WestCare, that vision is becoming reality.”

WestCare Health System was formed through a partnership of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital in 1997 and serves Jackson, Swain, Macon and Graham counties with primary and subspecialty care, outpatient facilities and urgent care.

Founded in 1889 to bring education and career opportunities to Western North Carolina, Western Carolina University is one of the 16 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina system. WCU enrolls more than 10,100 students in undergraduate and graduate programs of study.

Park Ridge Health Uses Mobile Texting to Share ER Wait Times

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Park Ridge Health is the first health care organization in Western North Carolina to share Emergency Department wait times with the public through the mobile texting service ER Texting, Inc.  Residents of Western North Carolina can now text their ZIP code to 4ER411 (437411) to receive a reply with the approximate time they can expect to wait to see a physician or nurse practitioner in the Park Ridge Health Emergency Department. To-the-minute wait times can also be obtained online at www.prher.com.

Stuart Scott, Director of the Emergency Department at Park Ridge Health, notes, “A trip to the emergency room is by nature no fun, and in publishing our wait times, we hope to ease apprehension about waiting. There’s nothing worse than waiting when you are sick or in pain. Now, residents of Henderson, Buncombe, Polk and Rutherford counties can be immediately informed of wait times before choosing where to seek emergency care.”

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later is still 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 more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals across the country. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region – including state-of-the-art surgery suites, a boutique baby delivery experience and North Carolina’s first 64-slice CT scanner in 2006 – Park Ridge Health provides personalized care throughout the region, offering a network of nearly 80 family and specialty physicians, nationally accredited cancer services, a comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric center and full-service orthopedic care. 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).

Women’s Heart Health Event Offered by Park Ridge Wellness

Monday, January 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s an underreported health crisis: More than 42 million women are currently living with heart disease, the leading cause of death in women. In fact, more women than men die of heart disease every year, according to The National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease. Park Ridge Wellness wants to invite you to learn more about this silent killer at the free presentation “Women’s Heart Health,” which will take place Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at The Health Adventure, located in the Biltmore Square Mall – Exit 33 from I-26.

Park Ridge Wellness Coordinator, Julie Palmer, will share how your lifestyle may be putting you at risk for heart disease, and what to do to protect your health. Pre-registration for “Women’s Heart Health” is required by Tuesday, Jan. 31. To sign up, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Park Ridge Health Event Plan for a Stress-Free Year

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – As the holidays come to a close, many people report feeling stressed out and unhappy. Lane Godsey, Ph.D., of Park Ridge Medical Associates, will share strategies for dealing with stress in a free seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Duke Room at Park Ridge Health. Feel free to bring your lunch from the Park Ridge Café and learn while you eat.

Pre-registration for this event is required by Jan. 25. To sign up, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (774.5433).

About Dr. Lane Godsey: Dr. Godsey earned both his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and his master’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He has been a practicing psychologist for more than 30 years.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Park Ridge Pediatrician Offers Free Seminar on Challenging Behaviors

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Board-certified pediatrician and child behavior specialist Charlotte Riddle, M.D., of Park Ridge Pediatrics will present a free seminar “Touch Points: Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Children” on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.  The presentation will take place at The Health Adventure’s new location in Biltmore Square Mall, located at Exit 33 on I-26.

A kid-friendly activity will take place during the adult presentation, supervised by Health Adventure staff, and kid-approved refreshments will be available for guests.

Though this event is free, pre-registration is required by January 18. To sign up and for more information, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (774.5433).

About Dr. Charlotte Riddle:  Dr. Charlotte Riddle joined Park Ridge Pediatrics in March 2010. She earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., and completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Va.  At Greenville Children’s Hospital, Dr. Riddle also pursued specialty training in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, which included treating children with special needs, such as Autism, ADHD and developmental delays. She is board-certified in Pediatrics. For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Riddle, please call Park Ridge Pediatrics at 828.650.8032.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Park Ridge Health Foundation and Project C.A.R.E. Receive Grant

Friday, December 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The Park Ridge Health Foundation is pleased to announce that they were recently awarded a grant of $18,000 from The Community Foundation of Henderson County to assist in funding Project C.A.R.E. (Caregivers Alternatives to Running on Empty).

The generous grant from The Community Foundation of Henderson County will help provide financial assistance and services to two dozen Henderson County families who are currently on the waiting list for Project C.A.R.E. support, as well as for new families who request assistance this coming year.

Project C.A.R.E. is an award-winning respite care program, designed to assist those caring for an individual with dementia. The program works to increase quality, access, choice and use of respite and support services to low-income, rural and minority families caring for a loved one with dementia in a home setting. As the host agency for Project C.A.R.E., Park Ridge Health provides support for the program that positively impacts 19 counties in North Carolina, including Henderson County.

For more information on Project C.A.R.E., please call 828.687.5609. To learn more about the Park Ridge Health Foundation and how to help positively impact the health of Western North Carolina, please call 828.681.2421 or visit parkridgehealth.org.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Park Ridge Health Receives ACR Accreditation in Nuclear Medicine

Monday, October 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Park Ridge Health has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

“ACR accreditation validates our commitment to maintaining the highest quality standards for our equipment, technologists, and physicians,” said Todd Guffey, director of Diagnostic Imaging for Park Ridge Health. “We will continue to provide world class care for our patients . I am proud of my team for their hard work and dedication  to achieve this accreditation in nuclear medicine.”

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

About The American College of Radiology (ACR):

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 44 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

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Park Ridge Health to Hold Free Viewing of “Forks Over Knives” Documentary

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, NC – The public is invited to attend a free screening of the groundbreaking documentary, “Forks Over Knives,” on Thursday, Oct. 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Duke Room at Park Ridge Health.

The screening is free, but space is limited, so please call 855.PRH.LIFE to reserve your seat. All attendees are welcome to purchase and bring a healthy, gourmet dinner to the screening from the Park Ridge Café – located right across from the Duke Room entrance.

The documentary, “Forks Over Knives,” has caused quite a stir since its release earlier this year, from its examination of the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that currently afflict the U.S. and Canada could be controlled or even reversed by rejecting our culture’s present menu of animal-based and processed foods. For more information on the film and its background, please visit www.forksoverknives.com.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with the Adventist Health System, joining more than 44 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE.

Park Ridge Community Health to Hold Open House

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The community is invited to attend an open house with Park Ridge Health at Universal Health Care in Fletcher, 86 Old Airport Rd., this Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. This special open house event will showcase the Universal Health Care facility and introduce the facility’s new medical director, Albert S. Ford, Jr., M.D., of Park Ridge Geriatrics and Community Health.

Under the care of Dr. Ford, Universal Health Care will also receive services from the Park Ridge Community Health program, which serves to bring geriatric medicine, psychiatry, podiatry, wound care and other skilled services to short and long-term care facilities throughout the community.

About Universal Health Care of Fletcher:

Universal Health Care of Fletcher is a 90-bed care center offering short-term and long-term skilled nursing services and rehabilitation programs in a unique and family-like atmosphere. Additionally, the care facility offers a secure and specialized unit devoted to the care of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory impairments. For more information, please call 828.654.9060 or visit www.univhealthcare.com.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with the Adventist Health System, joining more than 44 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE.