A Message from our Executive Director:

We wish to assure patients and our community that we continue to provide healthcare to the uninsured of Sevier County during the COVID-19 situation. We are following the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Health, CDC, and our local Sevier County Health Department to prevent and address COVID-19. We have made necessary changes to our normal operations to protect staff and patients. While our parking lot appears to have fewer cars and the doors are locked for patient safety, we are here. We now offer telehealth visit options to allow patients to follow the “Safer at Home” order. Our providers will provide your care over the phone or with a live video. If you have an upcoming appointment, our staff will call to discuss the best telehealth option for you. If the provider decides you have medical needs requiring you to be seen at the Clinic, please call from your car when you arrive for visit instructions. We have fewer staff at the Clinic and our call volume has increased so we ask for your patience when trying to reach us. 

We understand the challenges of affordable care for those who are suddenly without jobs and insurance; we are here for you. We are opening up appointment availability to ensure we care for the urgent needs of existing and new patients. The weeks ahead may continue to be stressful and you may find yourself in need of emotional support; please allow us to help. Our team of servant hearts welcome the opportunity to care for you. Our prayers are for healing and strength for endurance as we manage this challenge together. 

-Deborah Murph, Executive Director, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

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Telemedicine Virtual Visits Now Available

Amid the ongoing Coronavirus situation, many patients have expressed concern about visiting Mountain Hope. In an effort to offer a good alternative to visiting the Clinic, Mountain Hope is now encouraging patients to consider scheduling telehealth virtual medical visits and/or follow-ups. This video-conference approach will allow patients to interact with their medical providers via phone, tablet, computer, or other virtual device.

Patients may call 865.774.7684 to change an existing appointment to a telemedicine virtual visit, or to schedule a new telemedicine visit.

Mountain Hope staff will screen patients as they call to set appointments to ensure each requested visit is appropriate for telemedicine.

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Swingin’ for Hope Rescheduled for June 3, 2020

Mountain Hope’s Inaugural Swingin’ for Hope Golf Tournament presented by the Great Smoky Mountains Association of Realtors has been rescheduled for June 3, 2020 at the Sevierville Golf Course.

Sponsorships and Team Registration are now available.

Sponsorship Opportunities: $200 Bronze Sponsor – Hole Sponsorship with signage | $500 Silver Sponsorship – Tournament Sponsorship with large sign | $1000 Gold Sponsorship – Tournament Sponsorship with large banner (includes registration for a team of 4 at no additional cost.) Download a sponsorship/registration form here.

Please note that when you may pay for your sponsorship or team registration online by following these links, we may reach out to you for additional information:

Pay online to become a Sponsor

Sponsorship Levels

Pay online to register a team of 4

163 Benefit from Free Physicals Event

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!

L-R: Mary Vance, George Hawkins, Deborah Murph, Andrew Farmer, Todd Proffitt, Jeff Taylor, Sue Ellen Riddle, Dr. Jack Parton, Eric Horner, Mayor Mike Werner, Dale Carr, Bryan McCarter, Karen King

Mountain Hope Welcomes New Era

Cold weather did not deter a warm-hearted crowd who saw a new era in the making Nov. 8 for Sevier County’s medically underserved.

At the groundbreaking for the expansion of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s Prince Street building Nov. 8, there was plenty of warmth about the Clinic’s past work and future prospects.

Expanding the Clinic will mean more patient consulting rooms, space for special programs and more patients served, in addition to the 26,000-plus people who have already come through the doors.

Everyone who turned up deserves our thanks for braving the cold, especially the speakers. They included Robin Reagan, the Clinic’s board chair; Mary Vance, former executive director; current Executive Director Deborah Murph, and  Daryl Roberts of Tennessee State Bank, who announced a $50,000 donation from the bank toward the building extension;

State Reps. Andy Farmer and Dale Carr read from a state resolution praising the Clinic’s 20 years of service. Dr. Jack Parton of Sevier County School System and Assistant County Mayor Bryan McCarter also spoke in support of the extension. Scotty Henry of  Richardson’s Cove Baptist Church and the Rev. Don Grady, formerly of Sevierville Presbyterian Church, gave the opening and closing prayers.

The crowd then retired indoors where Collier Restaurant Group and Cici’s Pizza provided refreshments. Sevier County Utility District donated water and loaned tents; Sevier County Library System loaned a podium and allowed overflow parking behind the library. Woods Hippensteal framed the two resolutions, one for the Clinic and one for co-founder Sue Ellen Riddle.

We appreciate our former and present volunteers and other well-wishers who were undeterred by the cold, as well as Seagle Landscaping Supplies, Susan Austin and her students from East Tennessee State University, and four Seymour High School students who prior to the ceremony ensured that the grounds looked their best.

The main beneficiaries of the building expansion will be Mountain Hope’s patients, none of whom have health insurance. Quality medical and dental care would be unaffordable to thousands of low-income Sevier County residents and workers were it not for the non-profit Mountain Hope.

The Clinic is blessed to be part of such a caring community.