Longtime Pardee surgeon retiring; Four Seasons has two honored

HENDERSONVILLE — Longtime local orthopedic surgeon Amal Das, M.D., is retiring on Dec. 31 after serving the community for more than 30 years. He was honored at Pardee UNC Health Care Board of Directors’ meeting in December.

He’s worked with Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics (SESM), a department of Pardee Hospital, doing hip and joint replacement surgeries.

According to a news release, Das joined the medical staff at Pardee in 1989 and has been a leading voice on arthritis and joint replacement and reconstruction for more than three decades. He served as the Chair of the Pardee Department of Surgery from 2004-05 and was instrumental in establishing the Pardee Center for Joint Replacement in 1999.

In addition to newspapers across the US citing his research, Dr. Das wrote the foreword to the No. 1-New York Times bestseller, “The Arthritis Cure.” He also authored several groundbreaking academic papers on complex hip revision, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate treatment for knee arthritis, the release said.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Das has performed more than 8,000 hip and knee replacements.

Four Seasons Chief Clinical Officer named 2023 Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing

Four Seasons' Richelle Hooper.

FLAT ROCK — Four Seasons’ Chief Clinical Officer Richelle (Rikki) Hooper, MBA, MSN, FNP, ACHPN, NE-BC, has been named a 2023 Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing, according to a news release from Four Seasons.

Awarded by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), the designation of HPNA Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing is given to HPNA members who have “made significant contributions to HPNA, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC), and/or the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF), while also impacting the field of hospice and palliative nursing,” the release said.

“We are very proud of Rikki being acknowledged by this significant honor. It not only demonstrates her commitment to personal learning and growth but also to that of advancing learning and growth in others,” said Four Seasons President & CEO, Dr. Millicent Burke-Sinclair, Ed.D, MBA, MLAS, SPHR®, SHRM SCP in the release. “Over the 19 years Rikki has worked with us, she has positively impacted the lives of patients, families and staff with our organization as well as regionally and nationally. Daily she engages from a place of openness and excellence, always striving to co-create the very best care for our employees and for those whom we serve. Rikki, we are grateful for you and so very

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