Two days of intense activity last week at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic resulted in 163 Sevier County residents and employees undergoing thorough medical examinations at no cost to themselves.
The free physicals are part of the health fair held at the Clinic twice a year. All 163 patients have no health insurance, so this service comes at considerable savings to them.
Once again, students from East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine, supervised by their preceptors, made the fair possible. They gain experience while our patients benefit from their participation. Our thanks go to the ETSU staff, volunteers and students who took part.
While many of those who participated are already our patient roll, those who were not already enrolled with us have automatically become patients who can now bring their health concerns to us whenever they choose.
Sevier County Health Department staff provided invaluable immunizations and health information as needed. Local businesses helped out by providing food and lodging for ETSU staff, students and Clinic staff and volunteers. LeConte Medical Center, Tennessee State Bank and Cici’s Pizza donated food for lunches; Camp’s Chicken loaned a grill for hot dogs. Holiday Inn Express of Sevierville provided accommodation for ETSU staff.
We appreciate and thank all who took part, especially to the Clinic staff and volunteers who always rise to the occasion on these busy, sometimes stressful days, providing not just medical expertise but also clerical and practical support.
The non-profit Mountain Hope Clinic has provided free physicals at health fairs twice a year for many years now. Our partnership with ETSU and local businesses and volunteers keep this worthwhile program running, each year serving hundreds of patients who lack health insurance. Thank you, Sevier County!