Billy Hayes
Northside Hospital - Cherokee
Corporate Chair

 Billy Hayes has been recognized as an outstanding leader in the community and in healthcare for many years. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Northside Hospital-Cherokee since 2004 and has been instrumental in its overall development. Join us in celebrating Mr. Hayes for his twenty plus years of experience in the healthcare arena and for being our 2018 Chair.

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Ellie Pruitt
Juvenile Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Meet our little Hero and Youth Honoree, Ellie Pruitt! Her parents noticed that she had limited range of motion in her knees and couldn’t do certain movements. At age four she was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. Ellie deals with pain that most kids don’t ever experience. She hopes that one day a cure will be found, and other children and adults will live pain free. Help Ellie and her family raise awareness about this disease and to find a cure.

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Karthik Ponnusamy, M.D., M.S.E.
Medical Honoree

Dr. Karthik Ponnusamy has contributed significant research to the medical community. He specializes in arthroscopy, hip and knee conditions, total and partial knee replacements, total hip replacements (including the direct anterior approach), and general orthopaedics. The Arthritis Foundation salutes Dr. Ponnusamy for the strides he has made in his field and being a true Champion of Yes.

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