More than 160 Benefit from Free Physical Exams

Many of the 161 people who received thorough health check-ups last week at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic had lost homes and jobs in the November wildfires.

Clinic staff members are doing everything they can to help fire victims with no health insurance get back on an even keel, providing free medical care and free medications whenever possible. In the meantime, we at the Clinic have maintained our routine of serving the 22,000 people on our active roll whenever the need arises.

The physical exams offered at the health fair Jan. 11 and 12 continue the twice-yearly routine that allows Sevier County’s uninsured to ensure they are in good shape, to discuss health issues and receive advice and practical solutions to problems free of charge.

Many of the 161 patients were new to the Clinic. They are now established patients who can make appointments to see our professional staff whenever the need arises.

Running a health fair for 161 patients takes cooperation and hard work from a variety of people. Mountain Hope operates its fair in partnership with students, preceptors and the staff of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Students conduct examinations under the eye of their preceptors. Our thanks go to all the ETSU staff, students and preceptors who took part.

The Sevier County Health Department offered health education and immunizations, an invaluable service. Clinic volunteers conducted health screenings of various types and helped in other ways. Volunteers included Jennifer Baker, Karen Brackins, Jackie Burk, Connie Carden, Anna Garber, Nancy Hodges, Gintare Litton, Barbara McGill, Sandy Moersdorf, Carol Pierce-Burr, Michelle Reynoso, and David Wilson.

Cici’s Pizza provided lunch on both days for staff, volunteers, and patients. Golden Corral of Sevierville furnished dessert. Thanks to Melanie Benson of Cici’s and Amanda Barnes of Golden Corral for organizing these generous donations. Oak Tree Lodge generously provided overnight lodging for the ETSU contingent.

Dental hygiene kits from Delta Dental’s Smile 180 Program were also given to those who attended the event. We remain grateful for Smile 180’s commitment to dental health in Sevier County.

Our thanks go to everyone who donated time, effort, and goods to make this another highly successful health fair. We are a non-profit dedicated to providing quality medical and dental care to Sevier County residents and employees with no health insurance. We depend on the goodwill and cooperation of the whole community to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, top-notch primary health care.



Ashley Burnette, Director of Development

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Titanic Black Tie Gala, 2017

US Passport on the world mapBoarding passOn July 15, 2017, The Titanic Museum Attraction will host telegramMountain Hope’s first ever Black Tie Gala at Sea. The night promises to be packed with fun and adventure, staying true to its Roaring 20s theme. Guests will enjoy a night of wonderful music and a great dinner before the event culminates in a campaign toast on the Grand Staircase at the end of the evening.  Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on a handful of unique auction items. Only 100 tickets are available for this exclusive event.

 They can be purchased at online here.


Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville donates to Clinic

mercedes_edited-2Fire victims with no health insurance will benefit from a $3,200 donation that Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville has made to Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville donated $100 for every Mercedes vehicle sold on Friday, Dec. 16, said Carrie Dugan, Company Spokesperson for the locally owned dealership.  The Mercedes dealership also sold “Smoky Mountain Strong” T-shirts for $15. The two fundraising activities netted $3,200, and Dugan presented a check for that amount to Mary Vance, Mountain Hope’s executive director, on Jan. 3.

“Some of our employees were familiar with the Clinic and knew it was a good cause,” Dugan said. That is why the Clinic was chosen to receive fire relief funds from Mercedes-Benz.

“We’re grateful to the good folks at Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville for thinking of us this holiday season, and commend them for all the good they do year-round,” said Ashley Burnette, the Clinic’s director of fund development.

The non-profit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic has 22,000 patients on its active roll, none of whom have health insurance. Some Clinic patients lost everything in the wildfires the night of Nov. 28-29, including their medications for the next day. They did not have enough money to pay the small fee the clinic usually charges. Clinic staff continues to see them free of charge and to distribute donated medications when appropriate.