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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Learn to Handle Asthma

Cat fur, changing weather, cigarette smoke or even running up a flight of steps can be bad for your health if you suffer from asthma. Many things can trigger asthma, causing the airways in your lungs to become narrow and inflamed.  It pays to know your triggers, says Physician’s Assistant  Jason Brackins of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Asthma attacks can vary from mild or deadly.  Asthma may run in your family. You may be susceptible to triggers such as pollen, dust mites, furry...
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Lions offer second opportunity for eye exams and glasses for fire victims

People displaced by the Sevier County wildfires at the end of November have another opportunity for a free eye exam and free eyeglasses, thanks to Smoky Mountain Lions Charities.  Because of the extraordinary amount of interest during a similar event held January 28, 2017 at the Boyd’s Bear facility in Pigeon Forge, organizers have decided to repeat the process.  Fire victims that responded to the January clinic were the recipients of 63 eye exams and 59 pairs of glasses. The charities’ m...
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Texas Roadhouse Hosts Fundraiser for Mountain Hope

SEVIERVILLE -- Wouldn't it be wonderful to donate money to a good cause while eating a luscious steak or tasty ribs? Diners at the Texas Roadhouse in Governor's Crossing will do just that on Sept. 20. The restaurant is offering a Dine to Donate night that will benefit the non-profit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Ten percent of eligible restaurant sales between 5 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 will go as a donation to Mountain Hope. For their meal to be eligible, guests must present ...
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Clinic Works with Health Department on Immunizations

You may not know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month, but the staffs of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic and Sevier County Health Department are already very aware of it. The Clinic and the Health Department collaborate closely this and every month to ensure that as many of their patients as possible have all the immunizations they need to keep them healthy. When a patient comes to the Clinic requiring immunization, "we try not to duplicate services, so we refer all our ...
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No Need to Panic over Zika Virus

Zika virus is all over the news, but it's not all over your backyard. "If you're not pregnant, it's not a problem," said Dr. Richard Dew, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic's medical director. The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause serious birth defects, including microcephaly (an abnormally small brain). It can also cause flu-like symptoms that are so mild they do not require a visit to the doctor. In some cases, you may not even know you have it. As of June 15, in the continental Uni...
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