Giving Tuesday 2017

November 21, 2017 Dear Friends, The first time I sat down to write this letter about a week ago, my heart wasn’t in it. An old friend and co-worker had been on my mind.  I lost Allen to Hepatitis C almost 15 years ago and his death has weighed heavily on me since. I was pregnant and because of his illness, I had not been allowed even to say goodbye. It’s one of a few reasons I hadn’t been much in the mood to write this letter. I think we all get a little jaded sometimes. After l...
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Eagle Scout Project Beautifies Grounds

Bradley Minton had a very busy summer. He went to high school band camp. He went to church camp. He climbed mountains in New Mexico. Between and at the end of all those activities, he qualified to become an Eagle Scout by planning, supervising and coordinating the beautification of Mountain Hope’s landscaping. It was all in the nick of time. He completed the project just before he turned 18 last month, the cutoff date for completing Eagle Scout requirements. The Mountain Hope ground...
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Health Care a Passion for New Nurse Practitioner

She was born in Germany to Russian and Uzbek parents and speaks four languages, but for Nargiza (Nora) Aliev, “this area feels like home.” Nora is Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s newest Family Nurse Practitioner. She’s excited about the Clinic and her work here. “I’m very passionate about health care,” she said. She was born in Germany into a military family and moved a lot during her childhood. Her mother was Russian and her father was from Uzbekistan, once a Soviet republic and now ...
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How to Prevent and Treat Sports Injuries

When it comes to sports injuries, concussions are the 600-pound gorilla everyone is talking about, but sprains and strains are much more common. Jason Brackins, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s physician assistant, sees common-sense prevention as one way to cut down on sprains, strains and other sports-related problems. His recommendations include: Sprains and strains: --Warming up is important before participating in any sport. “Stretching is crucial in preventing strains,” he said. I...
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Former Student Joins Clinic Staff

It was a seamless transition for Suleira Rodriguez. Earlier this month, she completed her medical assistant studies at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The very next day, she was at work at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Suleira, who is called "Sue" most of the time, was already familiar with the Clinic. It’s where she had done the clinical hours necessary to become a Registered Medical Assistant. Toward the end of her training, her instructor told her about two job opening...
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Team 22 Helps with Titanic Event

Team 22 Studios husband-wife owners went the extra mile to make Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s fundraiser at the Titanic Museum truly memorable for the participants. Not only did Ken and Angie Carriere donate a superhero photo shoot for a youngster as an auction item, they also took stunning 8-by-10-inch black-and-white portraits of everyone in attendance at the Roaring Twenties-themed event on July 15. Sensible Concrete sponsored the photos. Angie Carriere also took a beautiful pho...
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How to Go Back to School in Good Health

Viruses and bacteria have a new set of victims lined up: It’s back-to-school time. As children (and their teachers) mingle in their classrooms and schoolyards for the first time in months, the chance of passing on illnesses increases. Jason Brackins, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic physician assistant, has some suggestions for ensuring that students get off to a good start and stay healthy this school year and into the future: --Make sure your children’s vaccinations are up to da...
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Gala at Sea is a Titanic Success

The Roaring Twenties came to life again July 15 at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge as guests enjoyed the glittering Gala at Sea, a fundraiser for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Guests, many of whom got into the spirit of the evening by wearing 1920s dress, were treated to a wonderful meal in the elegant Secret Dining Room. A violinist serenaded them at their tables as they ate. A duo provided music throughout the evening and for dancing. Auction items were varied, to say the le...
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NASCAR Speedpark to Round Up for Mountain Hope

During the months of August and September, the NASCAR Speedpark in Sevierville will once again work to benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. NASCAR Speedpark employees will ask visitors to the Sevierville attraction if they wish to add $1 to the price of admission to be donated to Mountain Hope. A display near the admissions area will inform visitors about the Clinic and its mission, and NASCAR Speedpark employees can answer many questions about Mountain Hope and its work in the comm...
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August is Time to Renew Kroger Rewards

If you like to go Krogering, you probably know that a Kroger reward card can save you lots of money on groceries. Did you also know that every time you use your Kroger card, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic can also benefit? Kroger sends out checks to many non-profits, including the Clinic, when customers have signed up to support their favorite charity. If you are already supporting us by using your Kroger card, here's a reminder: August is the month to renew your support. Simply go on...
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