Mary Vance Announces Retirement; Search for Executive Director Underway

The Board of Directors of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is launching a search for the organization’s next executive director to succeed outgoing Executive Director, Mary B. Vance.  Vance is retiring in December after more than 21 years with the organization. Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic offers affordable medical and dental insurance for the medically uninsured of Sevier County and currently serves more than 23,000 patients of record.  The Clinic partners with more than a dozen coll...
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School Sports Physicals are Coming Up

As the summer sports season looms, would-be student athletes have an exam to pass: their physicals. This exam should not be taken lightly, says Jason Brackins PA(C), physician’s assistant at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. As youthful minds turn to soccer, baseball and softball, school coaches need to know of players’ potential health problems before practices begin in earnest. TSAA rules demand that participating students at the high school level first have a sports physical. There...
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10-year-old Collects Coins for Coughs

A 10-year-old boy has collected $182.44 from his school class to donate as Coins for Coughs to Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Mark James Howard of Kodak is part of 4-H. He is the service chairman for his club, which comprises Mrs. Benson's fourth grade class at Catlettsburg Elementary School.  The class has 21 students. Glenn Turner of the University of Tennessee’s Extension Service gives students ideas of service projects that could be done. 4-H clubs are supposed to do a different s...
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Medical Assistant Still Settling In

Jennifer Riley has just moved in. After vacationing in the Sevier County area several times, Jennifer and family made the move from the Miami, FL area in December. She is now a medical assistant at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. She was hired, she says, “on the first interview I went to.” No wonder. She’s trained and experienced. Jennifer got her medical assistant’s certificate from Miami-Dade Community College and then worked for 14 years in a gynecologist-oncologist’s practice, b...
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Donate the Easy Way through Amazon Smile

Amazon.com offers an enormous inventory of things you can buy, and on-line shopping is becoming more popular all the time. So why not donate to Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic while you shop on line? Amazon Smile offers an easy way to donate. It costs you nothing extra and once you are signed up, you can forget about it. The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to charity. Everything available at Amazon is also available at Amazon Smi...
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Brownie Group Collects Books for Clinic

Members of a local Girl Scout group told their leaders that they wanted to do something to help the children who visit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. The result: Brownie Group 20055 made a donation of children’s books to the Clinic. Brooke Blair, who with Michelle Callon and Rhonda Ratcliff leads the Brownie group, said the girls brought gently used children’s books from home. Brownies are Girl Scouts who are in second and third grades, aged 7 to 9. Some of the Brownies delivered the boo...
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Giving Tuesday 2017

November 21, 2017 Dear Friends, The first time I sat down to write this letter about a week ago, my heart wasn’t in it. An old friend and co-worker had been on my mind.  I lost Allen to Hepatitis C almost 15 years ago and his death has weighed heavily on me since. I was pregnant and because of his illness, I had not been allowed even to say goodbye. It’s one of a few reasons I hadn’t been much in the mood to write this letter. I think we all get a little jaded sometimes. After l...
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Clinic Volunteer Donates Examination Table

Jerry Sandifer isn’t content with volunteering his time and expertise to Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. He’s also donated an examination table for use in one of the Clinic’s examination rooms. Jerry is a Realtor who has owned Exit Tennessee Realty Pros in Wears Valley since 2005 and will shortly open another branch in Sevierville. As a volunteer firefighter and paramedic for more than 20 years, he has medical training that he puts to use on a regular basis by volunteering to do...
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Eagle Scout Project Beautifies Grounds

Bradley Minton had a very busy summer. He went to high school band camp. He went to church camp. He climbed mountains in New Mexico. Between and at the end of all those activities, he qualified to become an Eagle Scout by planning, supervising and coordinating the beautification of Mountain Hope’s landscaping. It was all in the nick of time. He completed the project just before he turned 18 last month, the cutoff date for completing Eagle Scout requirements. The Mountain Hope ground...
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Health Care a Passion for New Nurse Practitioner

She was born in Germany to Russian and Uzbek parents and speaks four languages, but for Nargiza (Nora) Aliev, “this area feels like home.” Nora is Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s newest Family Nurse Practitioner. She’s excited about the Clinic and her work here. “I’m very passionate about health care,” she said. She was born in Germany into a military family and moved a lot during her childhood. Her mother was Russian and her father was from Uzbekistan, once a Soviet republic and now ...
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