Park Ridge Health celebrates new DAISY Award recipient

Park Ridge Health invites the community to join us in congratulating our newest winner of the DAISY Award, Chloe Harden, RN. Harden is part of the award-winning team in The Baby Place at Park Ridge Health. Harden's outstanding character and compassionate heart were noticed by fellow co-workers.

 Harden’s exemplary work ethic came into play during a recent care situation involving an adoption. It came to light that the families involved had several steps to complete. Harden remained calm and dedicated all of her time to making the necessary phone calls, and taking the appropriate actions to ensure the wishes of the families involved were being met. Harden went above and beyond her job description to provide the best overall care. In the end, there was a happy story to tell and both parties were taken care of, all thanks to a nurse who views her job as more than just health care.



Pardee UNC Health Care welcomes general internist Crocker

 Pardee UNC Health Care announced that Andrew Crocker, D.O., a board-certified general internist, has joined Pardee Internal Medicine Associates. Dr. Crocker focuses on all aspects of adult primary care and has a special interest in geriatrics. He diagnoses and treats patients with chronic illnesses, and educates them about health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Crocker believes it is important to work with patients and their families to achieve an optimal plan of care. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking and kayaking with his family, and playing the guitar and banjo.

 Dr. Crocker earned his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg and completed his internship and residency at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.

 Dr. Crocker will begin seeing patients in March; patients can call 828-694-7630 now to schedule an appointment.




Alzheimer’s Association to host Dementia Education Symposium

 The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter will be hosting its Dementia Education Symposium 2018 On the Journey on Wednesday, April 25. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, 115 Hendersonville Road.

The symposium will include a continental breakfast, time to visit with sponsors, a general session, three break-out sessions, and lunch. Scott Herrick, MS, NC State Director of Public Policy with the Alzheimer’s Association, will present the general session – The Public Health Crisis: Alzheimer’s on the Front Lines.

The educational symposium is open to the public, but pre-registration is required by Wednesday, April 18. The cost is $20 per person for general public; $40 for healthcare professionals seeking CEUs. Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, informative breakout sessions, and exhibitor resources. For more information or to register, visit or contact the Association at 1-800-272-3900 or



Mission Hospital offers $2,000 sign-on bonus for cleaning professionals

Mission Hospital in Asheville is offering a $2,000 bonus to new full-time Cleaning Professionals in their Environmental Services division. The bonus is paid incrementally after two weeks, 90 days and one year.

No experience is required. Training and development are provided on the job. Successful candidates will have a big smile and a bright attitude. Additionally, they will have access to all the resources of Mission Health for career growth, including the Career Exploration Center and opportunities for advancing education.

These roles are also great for students age 16 or older who are looking to take the first step in a healthcare career.