AdventHealth Hendersonville

Advent Health H'ville Cancer Services

Photo from AdventHealth Cancer Services website.

As per the Bylaws, The Kenmure Fights Cancer Board of Directors voted that 50% of the funds raised in the year 2020 be donated to Advent Health Hendersonville Cancer Services (formerly Park Ridge Health).

This is the 12th year that our funds have assisted cancer patients at Advent Health. During that period, we have donated more than $270,000 for equipment and technology in the realm of patient care. Click for year-by-year donations.

Use of 2020 funds: H&E Stainer

The AdventHealth Cancer Services team is in need of a new H&E Stainer for the Pathology lab.

Pathology stainers begin the diagnostic journey for cancer patients by identifying disease in the tissue. They are the decision makers for the Oncologist because cells are normally transparent.

  • When a mass is sent to the lab, the stainer helps get clear margins by coloring the cells. They can then be diagnosed and staged (see illustrations above), permitting the Oncologist to determine:
  • If the cells are cancerous or benign.
  • The prognosis.
  • Treatment recommendations such as chemo and/or radiology.

The existing stainer is almost 20 years old and is manually operated. The new model offers:

  • Automated protocol (it can be set for breast, fibroid, colon mass, etc.).
  • Faster processing, resulting in less patient wait time.

AdventHealth had planned to purchase the stainer this year but due to COVID-19, all capital expenditure items have been placed on hold.

  • The cost of the machine is approximately $36,200. 
  • The new model is much larger than the existing machine, so a minor space remodel will be necessary. This cost is in addition to that of the machine itself.

They will proudly display a Kenmure Fights Cancer naming plaque in the lab waiting room.

Click here to see how our funds were used in previous years.

Kenmure Fights Cancer sponsors
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Room at Park Ridge!

In January, 2015, Park Ridge (now Advent Health Hendersonville) opened The Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Room. The above plaque is at the entrance to the room and recognizes gifts from Kenmure Fights Cancer and The Cannon Foundation. The funds we raised helped create the room and buy the state-or-the-art machine (below).

The patient lays face down on the table which is then raised to a level where the surgeon can use the computerized equipment below.

When a problem appears on a regular mammogram, the patient returns to the hospital for further testing. Having this machine on site means he/she can get results quickly. Since waiting for results is exceedingly stressful, the value of the machine is emotional as well as technical.

Left to right: Jackie Murrill, Todd Guffey, Director of Radiology, Dr. Ralph Ricco, Radiologist and Susan Bush.

Click here to see other ways our funds have impacted cancer care at Park Ridge.

On August 26.2013, Kenmure Fights Cancer was honored to receive the
Third Annual Dr. P.J. Moore, Jr., MD & Dr. Arthur A. Pearson, MD Award of Excellence.

Funds raised by Kenmure Fights Cancer are designated for equipment and technology in the realm of cancer care.

About Park Ridge Health (now Advent Health Hendersonville) Cancer Services 

Park Ridge Cancer Services has been awarded national accreditation by The Commission on Cancer (COC) and the American College of Surgeons and also won the Outstanding Achievement Award for a first-time program.

In fact, Park Ridge Health is the first hospital in Western North Carolina to win this award and is one of only 66 other hospitals in the U.S. to obtain it.

This highly-coveted award is a tribute to physician and staff teamwork and has established Park Ridge Cancer Services as a leader in providing quality cancer care. To learn more, click here.

Hendersonville, N.C.(August 20, 2012)–"The Kenmure Fights Cancer committee presented Park Ridge Health with a gift of $17,300 on August 10 to support cancer care services. Nearly 15 members of the fundraising committee, including Committee Chair Kathrine Tims, were on-hand to present the check to Park Ridge Health President Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health Foundation Director Beth Davey and Diagnostic Imaging Director Todd Guffey.

Kenmure Fights Cancer's generous 2012 donation of $17,300 will be used for Park Ridge Health's purchase of a digital stereotactic breast biopsy unit.
  • This unit will be used by highly trained radiologists and breast surgeons to obtain biopsies that will enhance patient care.
  • Patients benefit greatly from this advanced technology because it pinpoints the exact location of breast microcalcifications or mass by using a computer and X-rays taken from two different angles. Using these coordinates, physicians can determine the exact location needed to perform a biopsy.

"We congratulate Kenmure Fights Cancer again for its commitment to cancer care in our Western North Carolina community," said Jimm Bunch, president and CEO of Park Ridge Health.

  • 'The Kenmure community has generously donated more than $61,000 since 2008 to help fund cancer-fighting equipment and related needs for cancer patients here at Park Ridge. These efforts are truly life-changing and life-saving.'" more...

Kenmure Fights Cancer, c/o Susan Bush, 2020 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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