Outpatient pediatric dental surgery offered at hospital

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

RUTHERFORDTON – Outpatient dental surgery for pediatric and adolescent patients is now being performed at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Previously, local patients who required surgery in a hospital setting would have traveled to neighboring counties for the procedures.

Two dental practices have arranged to perform procedures for patients and families who not only desire the convenience of being treated locally, but have circumstances in which a hospital setting is needed to treat certain medical, physical or other compromising conditions.

A hospital setting is often advantageous for patients who are extremely anxious, fearful, uncooperative or uncommunicative with dental needs that are deemed necessary. Additionally, this arrangement helps patients with dental needs where local anesthesia is ineffective due to acute infection, anatomic variations, or if an allergy exists.

Dr. William Chambers, a pediatric dentist from Great Beginnings Pediatric and Orthodontics Specialists in Asheville, and Dr. Charles Cooke, a pediatric dentist from Dest Family Dentistry of Rutherford County were credentialed by Rutherford Regional to perform surgeries at its medical center beginning in February. A referral from a pediatrician or dentist is needed for an appointment.

Dr. Chambers, a board certified pediatric dentist, will be performing dental restorative and oral surgical care along with orthodontic space maintenance and primary tooth pulp therapy. He is a graduate of the UNC School of Dentistry, has been providing outpatient and inpatient dental care for more than 30 years in Western North Carolina.

Dr. Cooke graduated Duke University and East Carolina University before receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery from UNC School of Dentistry. Additionally he completed a pediatric dentistry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. For more information visit MyRutherfordRegional.com.

Pink Ladies indoor yard sale Saturday

RUTHERFORDTON –The Pink Ladies Cancer Support Group’s Indoor Yard Sale will be held Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Cancer Resource Center in Forest City. The center is located inside Rutherford Regional Health System’s OneSource Building adjacent to Belk at Tri-City Mall.

This marks the fifth year for the Pink Ladies Indoor Yard Sale, said Freda Ledford, a member of the support group coordinator of the sale.

“It’s turned out to be a very profitable thing for us to do, but more than that it gives us, as cancer survivors, an opportunity to give back to our community,” Ledford said. “We always have a good crowd.”

In past years, proceeds from the sale have been given to the Rutherford Regional Health Foundation to benefit the mammogram program, which pays for mammograms for uninsured women who meet certain criteria. This year, however, the Pink Ladies will use the project to help fund Rutherford Regional’s Patient Navigator program. Patient Navigators are experienced cancer care nurses who assist newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families to understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment. In addition, Patient Navigators assist patients by arranging transportation, medical appointments and working through the logistics of receiving the care they need.

“We are fortunate to have a hospital system that recognizes the value of supporting cancer patients and their families throughout the cancer care continuum,” said Jamie Ingraham, Rutherford Regional’s Cancer Outreach program manager. “Cancer is a disease that affects every aspect of a patient’s emotional and physical well-being. Having a nurse dedicated to ensuring that journey is smooth and comprehensible is the quality of care that RRHS is committed

The indoor yard sale features a variety of items, Ledford said, from household items like pictures and flower arrangements to clothing and toys.

“We have pretty much anything you can think of, and because it is an indoor yard sale, regardless of rain or cold, the sale is on.” she added.

Donations of yard sale items will be taken at the Cancer Resource Center through March 20. Receipts are available for those who would like one.

For more information on services available through Rutherford Regional’s Cancer Resource Center, call 828-245-4596.

Carolina Event & Conference Center has new GM

FOREST CITY — Kayla Lyons of Cherryville has been named General Manager at Carolina Event & Conference Center (CECC) in Forest City.

Kristin Kurie, president of Charleston, S.C. based The Wilderman Group made the announced. The company provides consulting services and operational oversight for the Carolina Event & Conference Center.

Lyons’ most recent position included local and regional experience for meeting and event space management in North Carolina. In her new capacity, Lyons will represent Carolina Event & Conference Center to the local and regional community, including Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Hickory, Hendersonville, and Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.

She will promote the center as the ideal venue for weddings, meetings and special events and will manage the day-to-day operations of the facility to achieve the established financial targets for the center and will be responsible for preparing budgets, marketing strategies and managing expectations for the popular multi-use facility.

She also has a background in tradeshow and event management at the International Association of Exhibitions & Eventsand the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, Fl.

Lyons continues to work toward a masters of science degree in Hospitality and tourism Management from University of Central Florida. She is an active volunteer and has worked with the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital.