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Features Health & Wellness Pregnancy care center carries on with new staff members

Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center (SMPCC) held its fifth annual banquet recently at Franklin Covenant Church. The speaker chosen for this year’s banquet was Shawn Carney. Carney is the executive director for Coalition for Life and the co-founder for 40 Days for Life. He is also the executive producer and host of “Being Human” on EWTN. Carney updated attendees on the positive strides that have been made for life across the country. SMPCC would like to thank the underwriters for the event and table sponsors, as well as all who attended.

SMPCC has had a few changes since last year’s banquet. Executive Director/CEO BJ Hamilton retired after eight years at the helm. The Board of Directors hired Jenny Golding of Franklin in January as the new CEO/ Executive Director. Golding had been a self-entrepreneur for 15 years before going back to college where she graduated with her Bachelors from Western Carolina University in 2003. She brings a variety of experience to the position.

Another addition to SMPCC is the new Outreach Director at the Cullowhee office. Rebecca Onder joined the staff of SMPCC in January filling the position left by Cherry Martin. Onder graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1985 with a BSN. Her responsibilities include campus outreach at WCU, SCC, Smoky Mountain High School, and community coordinator for SMPCC in Jackson and surrounding counties.

Pam Raby, RN is now the nurse manager of SMPCC. She has been the clinic nurse in the Cullowhee Clinic for the last few years. She is stepping into the position due to the retirement of Amy Phillips, RN. She splits her days between clinics with Leora Fix, RN until Fix retires at the end of the year.

SMPCC has added another nurse to the staff. She is Carol Tucker. Tucker is an RN who has 27 years of experience with a focus on labor and delivery. She holds a Childbirth Educator Certificate and AWHONN certified in In-House Obstetrics. SMPCC now has five RNs on its medical staff. They work in various positions both full time and part time. Dr. David Ramsey III continues as the Medical Director for both of the clinics.

Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center’s ongoing mission of empowering individuals in life affirming choices, continues through donations and support from local individuals, churches, and businesses. The Franklin and Cullowhee center’s services are available five days a week for those who find themselves in a situation of an unplanned pregnancy. All services are free and confidential. For more information regarding the 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization or the services provided by SMPCC, call (828) 349-3200 in Franklin, (828)293-3600 for the Cullowhee office, or visit www.smpcc.org and/or www.smpccpartners.com.


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