Pardee Hospital Foundation Announces Physician and Philanthropist of the Year

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Pardee Hospital Foundation has named Dr. Werner C. Brooks as Pardee Hospital’s Physician of the Year and Greg Burnette as Philanthropist of the Year. The recipients were honored at the foundation’s recent annual gala at The Horse Shoe Farm.

The Pardee Foundation hosts the gala each year to inspire community support for Pardee Hospital through insight into Pardee Hospital’s most recent achievements and recognition of physicians and philanthropists.

The Physician of the Year Award is given to a Pardee physician whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care, and a commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the community. Dr. Werner Brooks was nominated by several of his patients for exemplifying such characteristics. Dr. Brooks joined the Pardee Medical Staff in 1998 at Blue Ridge Bone and Joint, now EmergeOrtho Blue Ridge division. A member of the Henderson County Medical Society, North Carolina Medical Society, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he specializes in general orthopaedic surgery, knee and shoulder surgery, sports medicine and total joint replacements. His patients mention his professionalism, exceptional skill, compassion, and advice for follow-up care.

Greg Burnette was recognized as Philanthropist of the Year. The Philanthropist of the Year award is presented to members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to Pardee Hospital, to Pardee Hospital Foundation, and towards the improvement of community health care. Greg is very active in the community. He is an Area Executive for First Citizens Bank. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, including The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Four Seasons Hospice, The United Way of Henderson County, the Henderson County Family YMCA and the YMCA of Western North Carolina, and the Pardee Hospital Foundation. He currently serves as Chair of the Henderson County Hospital Board of Directors.

“Dr. Brooks and Greg Burnette are both wonderful representatives of our community,” said Kimerly Hinkelman, Pardee Hospital Foundation Executive Director. “Pardee Hospital is a better place because of them and we would not be able to provide the care our community deserves without these individuals. We thank them for their service to Pardee and to our community.”

The gala, held in June, brought in nearly 350 attendees and funding to advance the quality of health care in the region and offer advanced compassionate care in Henderson County.

Pardee Memorial Hospital Foundation was approved as a nonprofit foundation in January 1996. The foundation exists to educate and inspire the community to support Pardee Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $40 million in pledges and cash gifts for Pardee services. For more information, visit or call 828-233-2700.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee Hospital has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit