Pardee UNC Health Care has announced that Chris Edwards, M.D., FACS, a board-certified general surgeon, has joined Pardee Surgical Associates and will serve as the medical director of Pardee Bariatrics and Weight Loss. Dr. Edwards specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including single-site bariatric, reflux and hernia surgery. He has served as the medical director for dozens of surgeon training courses nationwide and his work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Edwards has practiced in Western North Carolina for more than 10 years.
He earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia, completed his internship and residency at Memorial Health University in Savannah, and completed a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery at the University of Missouri. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Edwards, call Pardee Surgical Associates at 828-693-7230 or Pardee Bariatrics and Weight Loss at 828-694-8436. Visit www.pardeehospital.org for more information.
MemoryCaregivers Network support groups
All MemoryCaregiver Network support groups are free and open to anyone caring for a person with memory loss. The West Buncombe Group will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday at the Community Center, 9 Rhododendron Way, Candler.
Park Ridge hosting book fair
The Park Ridge Health Foundation will hold a book fair from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, and from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, featuring books, gifts and stocking stuffers.
The book fair will be held at Park Ridge Health’s Duke Room, 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville
Call 828-681-2421 for more information.
Grace Lutheran to hold blood drive
On Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, corner of Sixth Avenue West and Blythe Street in Hendersonville, will host the Annual Holiday Blood Drive to support all hospitals in the five-county area including Henderson, Transylvania and Buncombe Counties. The drive is being managed by The Blood Connection, which was founded in 1979 and is the largest independently managed, nonprofit community blood center in the region.
The blood drive at Grace Lutheran will be held at Stull Hall in the Education Wing, where donors can donate blood in a comfortable and friendly setting. Donors should drink plenty of water and eat well prior to donating. Everyone who donates blood will receive a $10 Walmart gift card, TBC reward points and a certificate for a free order of pancakes at the Fireside Restaurant and Pancake House. A food and drink canteen for donors will also be open. Those giving blood should bring their TBC donor card or driver’s license for required identification.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, or if you have questions about your eligibility to donate, please call the Hendersonville Blood Connection office at 828-808-7760. People can also register in advance at the reception area at Grace Lutheran. Walk-ins are welcome, but those with an appointment will have less of a wait. Healthy individuals from 16 years old to 106 are permitted to give the “gift of life.” You need only weigh 110 pounds or more.
Red Cross donation opportunities
This holiday season, the American Red Cross is offering three ways to make helping save lives faster and more convenient:
RapidPass – Donors can complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online to save about 15 minutes at their donation. In September, RapidPass became available on mobile devices, giving donors the ability to complete their RapidPass from a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Blood Donor App – Through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, users can find local blood drives and donation centers, schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders and keep track of total blood donations.
Online appointment scheduling – Donors can schedule an appointment and find tips for a successful blood or platelet donation at redcrossblood.org.
Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Thursday: 8 a.m -1 p.m., Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County, 11 Gallimore Road
Monday: Noon-5 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Brian Berg Lane
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Brevard High School, 747 Country Club Road
Dec. 14: 2-6:30 p.m., Polk County American Red Cross Chapter, 231 Ward Street
Ageless Grace Brain Health Fitness Classes now offered at HCPRD
Ageless Grace Brain Health Fitness Classes are now offered at at Henderson County Parks and Recreation Department Athletics and Activities Center, 708 South Grove Street, Hendersonville.
The classes are done seated to stimulate all five primary functions of the brain at the same time you are doing 21 simple exercises or tools for lifelong comfort and ease. The classses are for all ages and abilities.
Class cards are $80 for an eight-class card and you have six months to use your eight classes.
Classes are 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays with Suzanne Tindol, 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays with Denise Medved and 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays with Doreen Blue.
For further details, visit www.agelessgrace.com or call 828-290-2344.
MAHEC offers innovative online training
Starting today, school nurses across Western North Carolina will have the opportunity to train with the region’s top healthcare experts without ever having to leave their office thanks to a new medical education program being offered by the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). The Project ECHO for School Nurses webinar series is the second teleECHO clinic to be offered in WNC.
The first ECHO series launched in November with a Type II diabetes clinic to support MAHEC’s rural family medicine fellows practicing in Haywood, Macon, Mitchell, Swain and Yancey counties. Upcoming sessions for these physicians will focus on a variety of topics including autoimmune diseases, sports medicine, Hepatitis C and substance use disorders.
The upcoming webinar series for school nurses will consist of hour-long modules on relevant topics including diabetes management, seizure disorders, hypertension, asthma, mental health, dermatology, motivational interviewing, and screening and referral for treatment. Nurses will have opportunities to explore and get guidance on actual patient cases.
This 10-part bi-weekly training is free, or is available for $100 if continuing education credit is desired. To qualify for credit, nurses must attend at least 8 out of 10 sessions.
For more details and to register for the online training for school nurses, visit www.mahec.net/school nurse echo. For more information about the Project ECHO learning model and other upcoming webinar series, contact Lourdes Lorenz-Miller, RN, MSN, at 828-257- 4758 or Lourdes.Lorenz-Miller@mahec.net.