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How Advent Health H'ville uses funds

As of 1/1/2019, the name of Park Ridge Health was changed to Advent Health Hendersonville. All Kenmure Fights Cancer funds are designated for the main facility in  Hendersonville and its related facilities in Western North Carolina.


Click here to see use of 2019 Funds

2018 funds were used to redesign the Wellness on Wheels vehicle that will take cancer screening to more remote parts of Western North Carolina.

In addition to its main cancer center in Hendersonville, Park Ridge Health also provides oncology services in Asheville, Weaverville and Clyde. They also own a mobile wellness vehicle called WOW (Wellness on Wheels). Currently, it provides screenings to go and educational materials throughout its service area. While the bus is active, it is underutilized due to a dated layout and lack of testing technology. 

With the help of Kenmure Fights Cancer, Park Ridge Health is proposing to retrofit and update the WOW as follows:

  • Customize the inside to have two exam rooms (currently only one room).
  • Update the current testing area with better equipment.
  • Install racks for additional educational material.
  • Pending corporate review, the goal is to also wrap (co-branded with Kenmure Fights Cancer) the WOW bus for use in the year of the screening and beyond.
The bus will provide:
  • Colon FIT Testing (tests for hidden blood in the stool that may be early cancer sign).
  • Skin/Melanoma Screening
  • Prostate Men's Health Screening
  • Radon Home Testing Kits Distribution
Since the Hendersonville area is well-served by two close by centers, it seems only fitting that we should do everything we can to enable services in the more remote areas of western North Carolina. Like we said - WOW - that's some big bus!


 

2016 and  2017 funds were used to help revamp the entire infusion center in Fletcher. 

2016 funds were designated to revamp and revitalize the patient resource library. Once those funds were made available, Linda Richards, Administrative Director of Park Ridge Cancer Services, went a step further by exploring the option of renovating the entire infusion center.

Combining 2016 and 2017 funds, they redesigned the research library as originally planned, purchased additional heated recliners for infusion patients, provided a table next to each chair for personal items and outlets for cell phones, tablets, etc. They also installed a sound system with music, providing “white noise” for patient privacy. By reorganizing the use of space, the center appears much larger than before.


Heated  Recliners for Infusion Patients

ยท     Patients and staff love these heated recliners because they ease the discomfort of cold chemotherapy infusions that sometimes extend to six hours.  The chairs are very comfortable and even have a lever to help with smaller patients. Our 2015 funds helped purchase more than sixteen of these chairs for Park Ridge Health.

 

In addition to the Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Room, Kenmure Fights Cancer has improved patient care with other invaluable items.

State of the art Infusion Pumps

2014 funds went toward the purchase of additional Hospira Infusion Pumps.
  • Smart pumps have built-in drug libraries that help to improve patient safety. They decrease medication errors and monitor vital signs, thereby identifying reactions to chemotherapy drugs.
  • They also decrease paperwork, allowing the nurses to spend more time on chair-side patient care.
At left, Nicole White, a Park Ridge RN explains how pleased both patients and staff are with this equipment.

Electronic Door Openers

A patient once said to Debbie Gentry, Oncology RN (left), "I can dress myself, drive my car and generally get around as well in my wheelchair as others on two feet. That independence ends, however, when I get to the door of the Infusion Unit because I have to wait for someone to come and open the door." This statement led to our gifts of two sets of Electronic Door Openers.

One of the door openers is on the wall, immediately to Debbie's left.

Easing pain for those with hard-to-find veins

We have helped purchase equipment that aids in locating patients' veins for more comfortable treatment.

Kenmure Fights Cancer, c/o Susan Bush, 2019 President, 328 Kenmure Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731

Contact: (828) 692-1281 or susan@libertymanuals.com

Kenmure Fights Cancer has donor advised and designated funds with the Community Foundation of Henderson County.

Website: www.cfhcforever.org                  Contact: (828) 697-6224

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