April 2017 Around Town 2

Park Place Retirement Community’s Senior Health & Wellness Fair

Park Place Retirement Community will hold its senior health and wellness fair from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 6. The annual event is free and open to the public. The 45-plus senior-focused vendors will be offering free health care screenings that will include blood pressure checks, bone density level checks and stroke screenings.

In addition to learning more about senior options from a diverse group of vendors, there will also be three free seminars conducted by knowledgeable health care professionals. The seminars will be addressing topics on issues seniors or their loved ones may be facing today.


9 a.m. Kathy Johnson-Warner, social worker, Senior Helpers

Topic: Parkinson’s disease

10 a.m. Ralph Williams, doctor of pharmacy, Hendersonville Health Mart

Topic: Diabetes

11 a.m. Dr. Tom Miller, geriatric physician, Miller Health Group

Topic: Dementia

Proceeds collected from the vendor fees will be donated to Hendersonville Home Bound Meals Program. The Home Bound Meals Program provides ready-to-eat meals and personal contact to people 60 and up and to others unable to prepare hot, nutritious meals for themselves.

Park Place has been proudly serving seniors for over 30 years. The health fair is just one of the ways Park Place continues to stay engaged within the community. Park Place is committed to always offering the finest in senior living, and the idea of partnering with other health care professionals is the key to meeting everyone’s care needs. For more information about the event, call Carol Maynard, 615.822.6002.

Hendersonville Rotary Salutes Sumner County Vietnam Veterans

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war. On April 29, the Rotary Club of Hendersonville invites all Vietnam veterans in Sumner County to join them at Rock Castle where residents of Hendersonville and Sumner County will gather with their families to pause and honor the service and sacrifice of these great Americans in a very special ceremony.

This touching observation will be wrapped in the American flag, uplifting patriotic music and fireworks. The tribute will include each veteran being called forward to receive a beautiful commemorative Vietnam veterans lapel pin and a certificate of appreciation from the Rotary Club of Hendersonville and their major sponsors. The ceremony will pause to give special recognition to those Sumner County soldiers lost in battle and will feature a special address by David Black.

The stunning beauty of the famous Rock Castle grounds on Old Hickory Lake is the perfect backdrop for this ceremony and old-fashioned country fish fry, which the Rotary Club is calling “Freedom Fry by the Lake.” The “Freedom Fry” will include a hearty country-style fish fry with slaw, hush puppies and all the trimmings. Booths will be set up by local restaurants serving food samples free of charge.

In addition to the ceremony and fish fry, Nashville’s best songwriters and singers will perform live music throughout the evening beginning at 5 p.m., and there will be entertainment for children and fireworks.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission and meals are free to Vietnam veterans. General admission is $40 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. Kids two and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at HendersonvilleRotary.org or at the gate.

“Freedom Fry by the Lake” enables the Rotary Club of Hendersonville to bring generous business executives and corporations together into a fundraising force that directly supports as many as 40 worthy local civic and charity organizations. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” and the Rotary Club of Hendersonville— nearly 200 members strong and holding true to their motto—provides more than $75,000 in financial support every year to these local organizations.

Come join the Rotary Club of Hendersonville at Rock Castle on the evening of April 29 for their inaugural “Freedom Fry by the Lake” to honor local heroes and Vietnam veterans and share a beautiful, heartfelt expression of appreciation for all they have given in service and sacrifice for our country. And bring a hearty appetite to Rotary’s old-fashioned country-style fish fry!

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center Announces Name Our Robot Contest Winner

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center announced the winner of its Name Our Robot Contest. Ryan Daughtry, 12, a resident of Gallatin, named Middle Tennessee’s first daVinci® Xi™ robot “Mia—Minimally Invasive Approach.”

Entries were judged based on theme and creativity and voted on by a panel of TriStar Hendersonville’s surgical services team. Ryan’s submission was chosen based on his artwork and ability to tie in one of the benefits to robotic surgery—significantly less pain and scarring with a quicker return to daily activities.

“We are proud to announce the winner of TriStar Hendersonville’s Name Our Robot Contest: Ryan Daughtry,” Cory Darling, chief operating officer says. “We would like to thank all of our entrants for making our contest a success as there were many creative submissions.”

Ryan was able to spend time with “Mia” working the control panel and moving the robot around the surgery department. TriStar Hendersonville welcomed “Mia” to the team in August 2016 and physicians have performed over 55 surgeries with the assistance of the robot.

Room and a View at New Vol State Vet Tech Building

The veterinarian hooks up EKG leads to a stuffed husky dog toy. The students watch and make comments. They will see this done many times with real canine patients. But it is the ability to have a clear view of the action that is the real story here. When it comes to veterinary care, seeing is learning and that means having room for students to observe instructors clearly in a modern clinical setting. The redesigned building that now houses the Veterinary Technology program at Volunteer State Community College is five times larger than the old facility. An entire class can watch a surgical procedure performed on a dog. They can see exactly how the equipment needs to be set up for the X-ray of a cat.

Being able to fit more students in a surgery suite or radiology area has additional benefits. Bright light throughout the building allows for better viewing of details. There are facilities to house animals on-site, which helps when the director does spay and neuter operations on animals from the Sumner County Animal Control observed and assisted by students.

The hands-on nature of the Vol State Vet Tech program has proven successful. Last year 19 students graduated and 17 of those students were employed immediately. Vol State offers a two-year Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree for those wanting to be veterinary technicians. The A.A.S program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).There is also a one-year veterinary assistant certificate for students seeking employment as vet assistants.

City of Hendersonville’s Strategic Planning Process

The mayor and board of aldermen of Hendersonville have begun a process to plan for the future of the city. The planning process is named Hendersonville Horizons and a steering committee has been appointed. The first step in the process is to conduct a survey of residents.

“Hendersonville Horizons gives our citizens the opportunity to be involved in the future of our city, and I encourage all residents to complete the survey,” Mayor Jamie Clary says.

The survey is available online at HendersonvilleHorizons.org or paper copies can be obtained at City Hall, the chamber of commerce office or the public library. The survey should only take five minutes to complete, and it can be completed anonymously. The deadline for filling out the survey is April 10. The survey results will lead to recommendations from the steering committee to the mayor and board of aldermen at a public meeting. For more information, contact Keith Free, MPA, AICP, senior planner at 615.264.5316.