WNC wellness review: Mosquito virus, Pardee and UNC Health, and dental outreach

State health officials report season’s first case of La Crosse encephalitis virus
The North Carolina Department of Health reported the season’s first case of La Crosse encephalitis virus, and it’s close. A child in Macon County contracted the mosquito-borne illness, but is now recovering. According to the health department, LaCrosse encephalitis is largely confined to Western North Carolina in addition to being the state’s most common mosquito-borne disease. The health department also warns that there is no vaccine for the virus and reducing exposure to mosquito bites is the best defense. (From NCDDHS)

Document spells out Pardee’s relationship with its new partner UNC Health Care System
A document regarding the agreement between UNC Health Care System and the Henderson County Hospital Corp. makes UNC’s involvement with Pardee Hospital clear. According to the agreement, Pardee will remain a community hospital. The hospital CEO is the only Pardee staff employed by UNC Health Care, while all others remain employees of the Hendersonville hospital. (From the Hendersonville Times-News)

Eblen Charities, A-B Tech, WNC dental community holding free Mission of Mercy outreach clinic
After they served nearly 1,000 patients with more than $400,000 worth of dental care last year, Eblen Charities, A-B Tech, and WNC dental community will hold a free thee-day Mission of Mercy outreach clinic. Initial exams will take place at the A-B Tech Dental clinic on Aug. 4. Procedures begin Aug. 5 and continue through Aug. 6. The clinic will be open from 7 a.m. To 5 p.m. On a first-come first-serve basis. (From Carolina Public Press)

MedWest-Haywood opens new cardiac catheterization lab
MedWest Health System’s Haywood campus opened a new cardiac catheterization lab as part of MedWest’s cardiology program. The facility features state-of-the-art imaging equipment that can produce a range of detailed images while it minimizes X-ray exposure for patients and staff members.  (From MedWest)

Park Ridge Women’s Services offers free pregnancy testing
Park Ridge Womens’s Service announced it will now offer free pregnancy testing services to patients. The office is open on Mondays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Park Ridge Women’s Services offers a bilingual staff, accepts most insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, and offers a sliding fee scale for those without insurance. Park Ridge Women’s Services is located on the campus of Park Ridge Health at 80 Doctors Drive, Suite 2 in Hendersonville. (From Park Ridge Women’s Services)

Jill Hoggard Green appointed Mission Hospital Chief Operating Officer
Doctor Ron Paulus, the CEO of Mission Health, recently appointed Jill Hoggard Green to the position of president and chief operating officer of Mission Hospital. Hoggard Green is a registered nurse and brings 31 years of experience to the job. Hoggard Green’s role will require her to oversee the clinical and operational aspects of the hospital. She comes to Mission Hospital from the Oregion region of PeaceHealth where she worked as its regional chief operating officer. She starts her job Oct. 1. (From the Asheville Citizen-Times)

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