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The Seventh Day Adventist Thrift Store, or as it is aptly named “The Thrift Store,” recently moved locations across West Palmer Street in Franklin. With the move, The Thrift Store also expanded its operations.

“We are a community service center. The money that we make in the thrift shop goes back into the community,” said store manager Kay Durandetta. “We help with rent, electric, water, prescriptions, clothing and we now have a food bank.” She said that there was not enough space at the original location, and that the amount of people they helped, and items for sale, were piling up.


MedWest Health System welcomes Dr. Laura Fornos Verde, who will join Dr. Earl Haddock at Sylva Cardiology at MedWest-Harris. Dr. Verde will begin seeing patients in September.

Verde is currently completing a fellowship in cardiology at Pitt County Memorial Hospital with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Verde received her medical degree from Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Santos, Santos, SP, Brazil. She completed internal medicine residencies at Hospital Prof. Edmundo Vasoncelos, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil and Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Verde is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Verde and her fiancé Steven Foreman, an intensive care unit nurse and nurse educator, will relocate to Western North Carolina from Greenville, NC this summer.


Debra L. P. Cowan, Pharm. D., BS. Pharm., has been notified that the ASHP FASHP Recognition Committee, has approved her as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

“The granting of fellowship reflects the high standards of practice excellence that Debra has demonstrated, and with it comes the hope that she will continue to share and maintain these ideals throughout her professional career,” as stated by Henri Manasse, CEO of ASHSP.

ASHP is committed to assisting Fellows in any way that it can in meeting the objectives of the Society.


The University of North Carolina has appointed Dr. Gustav Wilde as Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine.

As a member of the faculty, Dr. Wilde’s perspective and experience will be invaluable as he becomes a part of a teaching tradition of medicine.

Dr. Wilde has been on Angel Medical Center’s medical staff since June 1994.

He currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the hospital medical staff and serves on the Board of Trustees.


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