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The third annual Pour le Pink, a 3.1 mile Walk/Run to support local breast health and women’s services, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH). The funds raised will go toward maintaining the hospital’s spectrum of breast health and women’s services.

“Last year’s Pour le Pink was a great benefit for our local communities. It raised nearly $13,000 and helped build a lasting fund for women’s services enabling us to stay up to date with critical services, equipment and provide our patients the best quality care possible,” said race organizer Callie Calloway, Communications Specialist at HCH. “We are hoping for the same success this year.”

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Dr. William Banks of the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, P.A. completed an advanced course on foot and ankle surgical fixation techniques sponsored by Wright Medical last month. The course, “Emerging Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery: Regenerative & Reconstructive Symposia and Skills Lab” was held at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago. The Orthopedic Learning Center is the leading international center for lab-based learning, welcoming physicians, surgeons, and medical professionals since 1994 from all over the world. This course offers hands on training in new products and techniques.

"The state of the art facility and cadaver lab offer an incredible opportunity to learn," said Dr. Banks. “I was fortunate to be able to join the other 65 surgeons, as we explored and honed our techniques in foot and ankle surgery. Classes and workshops were designed to improve results with internal bone fixation. "There has been an explosion of new products in the last five years. This workshop allowed me to use new products in correcting hammertoes, bunions, foot arthritis and foot and ankle injuries."

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At the upcoming Sept. 24, Ladies Night Out program, the topic will be cervical health and ovarian cancer. Guest speakers will be Dr. Carole Peterson and Dr. Ladson Gaddy-Dubac. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When found in its early stages, treatment is more likely to be successful.

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Debra Snider joined Angel Medical Center on July 8 as the Physician Operations Director.

Snider is from the eastern part of North Carolina where she worked as the Hospitalist Group Practice Manager and director of the Columbus Regional Physician Network.

Snider is originally from Stuebenville, Ohio, and has been in North Carolina for the past 20 years. She and husband, Chuck, have three children and four grandchildren.

Snider’s interests inaclude snow, whitewater rafting, the beach, reading, and being involved in community and church activities.

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