Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C., has received the International Organization for Standardization 9001:2008 accreditation, making it the first hospital in the state to be recognized with this international standard for quality, according to a news release. Qualifying for ISO accreditation is a rigorous process in which a hospital improves and monitors the delivery of patient care, measures quality and places the highest priority on eliminating errors.
“Pardee is extremely proud to receive ISO accreditation,” said Beth Long, RN, CHC, compliance and accreditation officer at Pardee. “Our mission is to provide quality and compassionate and safe services to improve the health of the people in the communities that we serve, and this accreditation validates our efforts.”
Pardee also received a boost for its breast cancer screenings and medical care for uninsured women in Henderson County and neighboring communities. TD Bank awarded a $15,000 grant to Pardee Hospital Foundations Women Helping Women program. The grant will enable Pardee to screen and care for about 45 additional uninsured patients in the coming year.
“This generous Women Helping Women grant will help remove the financial barriers that prevent many patients from receiving needed mammograms and life-saving medical treatments,” said Sharon Koffman, chair of the Women Helping Women Committee, in a news release.
Grants and funds raised by Pardee Foundation have helped the hospital purchase mammography, biopsy and other critical medical equipment.
In other news, Pardee bid adieu to Shirley Vernon, RN, who retired from Pardee after 54 years of nursing service, 23 of which she spent at Pardee. Vernon worked at the main hospital and at Pardee Urgent Care. She received her nursing degree in 1957 from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh.
“Shirley is an outstanding individual who is very caring and compassionate,” said Sherry Thompson, interim director at Pardee Urgent Care, in a news release. “She is a pleasure to work with, and she will be missed. She is a professional who has given many years to her chosen vocation.”