Dr. Iris Snider Honored with Prestigious Award

5/26/2011

Athens, Tenn. - Dr. Iris Snider had no idea that she would be receiving an award of any kind when she recently attended her annual Pediatric Resident Alumni Conference and "Wild Game" dinner at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.  But, receive an award she did!  She walked away with the Etteldorf Pediatric Alumni Award, the highest honor a UT-Memphis Pediatric resident alumni can receive.

Dr. Snider has accumulated a host of awards over the years, most as a result of her marriage between the goal of quality healthcare for all Tennessee's children and the politics necessary to achieve that goal.  When TennCare emerged in the early 1990s as the financial vehicle for healthcare delivery, it was on for Iris Snider! The system was troubled from the start, and Dr. Snider set out on a mission to make it right.  In 1990, she became very active in the Tennesee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, including serving a term as chapter president. In 1999, she was electedVice Chairperson of the Appalachian District of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Following the implementation of TennCare, Snider was appointed to serve on the TennCare Medical Directors Advisory Committee.  She soon became its Vice-Chair.  She successfully presented a grant proposal toTennCare to fund the development of a training program for providers to improve the health, safety, and well-being of children in Tennessee through regular physicals and immunizations. Snider credits the hard work of members of committees associated with the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with making significant strides in TennCare to benefit children's health. In 2010, Tennessee children had the highest immunization rate in the nation. She also chairs the Tennessee Children's Special  Services, an state department to provide extra care for children with disabilities.

In 1993, Dr. Snider received the Business and Professional Woman of the Year in Athens.  In 1995, she was named Pediatrician of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She served on the Board of Trustees of Athens Regional Medical Center from 2000 until 2007.  In 2010, she was named Chief of the Medical Staff.

According to Dr. Iris, as many patients call her, the awards are nice, but what really matters is seeing the change that is needed and being instrumental in bringing it about.  Says Dr. Iris, "I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing.  It is important stuff for children. I also firmly believe that when you live in a community, and make your living there, it is very important to be involved in giving back to that community.  And, that is what I've tried to do."

Dr. Snider is a Pediatrician on the medical staff at Athens Regional Medical Center.  She is associated with Athens Pediatrics located at 111 Epperson Avenue in Athens.

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