April 15, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan shares rich cultural and personal ties with the Philippines, and many of Ketchikan General Hospital's 400 employees still have family members there. Dr. Alan Wolf, PeaceHealth Orthopedic Surgeon for Southeast Orthopedic Clinic and Ketchikan General Hospital, recently had the opportunity to experience the warmth of those ties when he was invited to conduct a weeklong knee & shoulder arthroscopy workshop at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
According to KGH, the Filipino heritage employees were thrilled that Dr. Wolf had the opportunity to visit Manila, and sent him off with pesos and addresses of family members. Dr.Wolf was also accompanied by his friend and colleague Dr. Christopher Jordan, world-renown orthopedic surgeon and surgeon to the past President of the Philippines, Erap Estrada.
The workshop schedule was so rigorous it included a working lunch during which Wolf and Jordan gave a live surgical demonstration of the Arthroscopic Bankart Repair on a cadaver.
So while Dr. Wolf didn't have
the time to explore in the Philippines, or visit the families
of co-workers, he returned deeply moved by the warmth of his
reception there, with a renewed appreciation of the special connection
between Ketchikan and our neighbors across the Pacific.
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