Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic Receives $1.15 Million Grant for Rural Mobile Health Unit

Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Ralph Alvarado recently visited Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic to announce a significant development in healthcare access for Sevier County. The Clinic has been awarded a $1.15 million grant to establish a rural access mobile health unit, expanding healthcare services to underserved areas. This initiative is part of a collaborative effort between the Tennessee Department of Health and Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, aimed at addressing healthcare challenges and improving access to essential services.

During the announcement, Dr. Alvarado emphasized the importance of reaching rural communities with quality healthcare. “We are committed to making quality healthcare services accessible in our rural communities,” he stated. “Through collaboration with partners like Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, we can effectively address healthcare challenges and ensure all communities have access to essential health services.”

The grant will enable the clinic to extend its services into areas of Sevier County that face barriers such as limited transportation and medical service availability. The mobile health unit will offer a range of healthcare services, including primary care, behavioral healthcare, preventive screenings, vaccinations, and wellness education. This comprehensive approach aims to improve health outcomes, enhance preventive care measures, and promote overall well-being among uninsured residents and the local workforce.

Deb Murph, Executive Director of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, expressed gratitude for the funding and emphasized the significance of this milestone. “This investment expands our capacity to deliver essential healthcare services and underscores the commitment of our partners and leaders like Dr. Alvarado,” she said. “Together, we will reach more individuals and families in Sevier County, improving health outcomes and fostering a healthier, more resilient community.”

The Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic has been dedicated to providing vital healthcare services to rural and underserved areas of Sevier County for 25 years. This grant funding and partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health mark a significant step forward in fulfilling that mission.

Pictured (l-to-r): Dr. Kimberly Lamar, Assistant Commissioner for Health Disparities Elimination, Dr. Kincer, Associate Dean for Rural and Community Programs ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Stephanie Bean, President Board of Directors, Carol Agee, President Elect Board of Directors, Dr. Ralph Alvarado, Commissioner of Health, Deborah Murph, Executive Director Dr. Dew, Medical Director, Julia Pearce, Director of Community Services and Quality, Jason Brackins, PA-C Clinical Supervisor, Cara Parker, Director of Behavioral Services, Beth Maples, Sevier County Director of Health, Sarah Grayson, Director of Marketing and Development


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