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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Knowing When to Seek Medical Attention: Understanding Symptoms of RSV, COVID, and Flu

Here at Clínica del Buen Pastor Mountain Hope, we are seeing the uptick in viral illnesses in recent days. In the midst of the ongoing health concerns surrounding respiratory illnesses like RSV, COVID-19, and seasonal flu, understanding when it’s necessary to seek medical attention can be a matter of life and death. While many symptoms of these illnesses may overlap, knowing the subtle differences and recognizing red flags can make a significant impact on your health and well-being.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), commonly affecting infants and young children, can also cause illness in adults. Symptoms often mimic those of a common cold, including a runny nose, cough, and mild fever. However, in severe cases, RSV can lead to more serious complications such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia, particularly in vulnerable populations such as older adults or individuals with weakened immune systems.

With the emergence of COVID-19   the spotlight has been on identifying symptoms unique to the virus. While COVID-19 shares similarities with other respiratory illnesses, such as fever, cough, and fatigue, it’s distinguished by additional symptoms like loss of taste or smell, body aches, and shortness of breath. Notably, COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory distress and complications, especially in older adults and those with underlying health conditions.

On the other hand, seasonal influenza, or the flu, presents with symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, and fatigue. While most cases of the flu resolve on their own with rest and hydration, severe cases can lead to complications such as pneumonia, particularly in high-risk groups like young children, pregnant women, and older adults.

So, when should you seek medical attention?

First and foremost, if you or a loved one experience severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion, or bluish lips or face, it’s imperative to seek immediate medical help. These could be signs of a serious respiratory condition requiring urgent intervention.

If you or someone in your household is at high risk for complications from respiratory illnesses, such as older adults or individuals with chronic medical conditions, it’s prudent to consult a healthcare provider early on, even for mild symptoms. Early intervention can prevent complications and ensure timely access to appropriate care.

In any case, if you’re unsure whether your symptoms warrant medical attention, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and consult a medical provider.

Staying vigilant and informed about the symptoms of respiratory illnesses like RSV, COVID-19, and flu is essential for safeguarding our health and the health of those around us. Knowing when to seek medical attention can mean the difference between a swift recovery and serious complications. Whether it’s recognizing the unique symptoms of COVID-19, monitoring for signs of respiratory distress, or understanding the risk factors for severe illness, taking proactive steps to prioritize our health is paramount.   Remember, your health matters – don’t hesitate to reach out to healthcare professionals if you have any concerns.   Stay safe, stay healthy.

The clinic staff with award from Tennessee Breast & Cervical Screening Program

A Journey through Women’s Wellness at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

A Journey through Women’s Wellness at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic


Dear Friends,

As we reflect on the evolution of women’s health at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, I am filled with gratitude for the incredible strides we have made in ensuring comprehensive and accessible healthcare for the uninsured women in our community. Over the years, our commitment to women’s well-being has grown stronger, driven by the belief that every woman deserves quality healthcare and the knowledge to make informed decisions about her health.

One of the pivotal elements of our health initiatives lies in our partnership with the Tennessee Breast & Cervical Screening Program. Through this collaboration, we have expanded our outreach, ensuring crucial screening services are accessible to women without medical insurance.  Our dedication to women’s health recently garnered recognition from this esteemed organization through an award, further affirming our commitment to the community. Additionally, we are fortunate to count a skilled OB/GYN physician among our valued volunteer staff. Their expertise allows us to offer essential women’s health screenings to our patients. By synergizing with this program, we’ve been able to identify and address breast and cervical health concerns in their nascent stages, significantly enhancing the outlook for numerous women within our community.

A Step Ahead in Family Planning

Understanding that reproductive health is a fundamental aspect of overall well-being, we are proud to offer family planning services in collaboration with A Step Ahead. Our goal is to empower women with the knowledge and resources to make choices that align with their life goals. By providing access to contraception and family planning counseling, we aim to support women in taking control of their reproductive health and planning for their futures.

Women’s Breast and Cervical Health Screening Programs

At Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, we recognize the importance of preventive care, especially when it comes to breast and cervical health. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is committed to offering regular screenings and check-ups to detect any potential issues early on. Through our screening programs, we have been able to identify and address health concerns, ensuring that our community’s women receive the care they deserve.

Education as a Pillar of Empowerment

We firmly believe that knowledge is key to empowering individuals and communities. Our commitment extends beyond the clinic walls, as we actively engage in community outreach to educate women on the significance of regular screenings, family planning, and overall women’s health.  Some groups lack education on these topics, and we are dedicated to bridging that gap.

Addressing Disparities in Education and Access

Our focus is not only on providing healthcare services but also on addressing disparities in education and access. We acknowledge that certain groups may not have a history of receiving the education and messaging that many of us take for granted. Through targeted outreach programs, workshops, and partnerships with community organizations, we aim to break down barriers and ensure that every woman in our community has access to the information and resources necessary for her well-being.

In closing, the evolution of women’s health at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is a testament to our unwavering commitment to compassion, collaboration, and community empowerment. Together, with our partners and the incredible women we serve, we will continue to strive for a future where every woman can lead a healthy life.

The clinic staff with award from Tennessee Breast & Cervical Screening Program











The clinic staff with award from Tennessee Breast & Cervical Screening Program


With gratitude,


Deborah Murph, MBA, RN

Director ejecutivo

Clínica del Buen Pastor Mountain Hope



Gatlinburg Coming Soon (Facebook Post)

Bridging Gaps: Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s Dedication to the Health of the Smoky Mountain Community

Bridging Gaps: Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s Dedication to the Health of the Smoky Mountain Community

Greetings, friends of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic! I am Deborah Murph, Executive Director, and I am thrilled to share with you the exciting journey of our clinic and the wonderful developments that lie ahead.

Looking back at the history of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, it’s clear that our mission has always been deeply rooted in our unwavering faith and commitment to caring for others. Starting from our modest beginnings, where we conducted medical exams in a few rooms of a church basement, to establishing our clinic in Sevierville and expanding to offer dental and behavioral health services, providing compassionate healthcare to our community has remained our top priority – a mission we approach with utmost sincerity. Throughout the years, we’ve seen the remarkable impact of our services on the residents and workforce of Sevier County, Tennessee, reaching out to numerous individuals in their times of need.

Our dedication to healthcare accessibility has driven us to explore new avenues to extend our reach, and we are thrilled to announce a significant step in this direction – the opening of a new clinic in Gatlinburg. This expansion comes as a response to the growing needs of the community, and we are committed to ensuring that quality healthcare remains within everyone’s reach. One of the primary reasons for opening a new clinic is to address barriers to health, such as transportation. The new Gatlinburg location will be a vital step in meeting our patients where they live and work, making healthcare more accessible.

The journey towards establishing the Gatlinburg clinic has been nothing short of inspiring. We are grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from the community and local businesses. Their generosity has been the driving force behind this initiative, showcasing the unity and strength that defines our tight-knit community here in the Smoky Mountains.

The outpouring of donations has been heartening, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has contributed to make this dream a reality. From individuals, to our local business, to touching donations in memory of someone, your belief in our mission fuels our commitment to providing healthcare services that make a lasting difference.

For those eager to learn more about our clinic, its history, and the exciting developments in Gatlinburg, we invite you to explore our website at There, you will find detailed information about our services, the communities we serve, and the ways in which you can get involved.

As we embark on this new chapter, we carry the spirit of community and compassion that has defined Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic throughout its history. Together, we can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those in Sevier County, ensuring that healthcare remains affordable and available.

Thank you for being a part of the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic family. We look forward to serving you and the beautiful community of Gatlinburg, TN.


Deborah Murph, MBA, RN
Director ejecutivo
Clínica del Buen Pastor Mountain Hope

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Giving Tuesday: Building a Healing Ministry with Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

In the heart of Sevier County, Tennessee, exists a beacon of hope for those in need of medical care. Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, a community health clinic, has dedicated itself to providing quality healthcare to uninsured individuals in the area. This Giving Tuesday, we delve into what this annual event means for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic and how it contributes to the Clinic’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the community.

A Vital Resource for the Uninsured

In a world where access to healthcare is often linked to insurance coverage and financial resources, there are individuals and families who fall through the gaps of the healthcare system. This is where Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic plays a pivotal role. The clinic is a lifeline for those who might not otherwise have access to essential medical, dental, or behavioral health services. By offering quality healthcare services to the uninsured, it addresses a pressing need within Sevier County.

The Meaning of Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global movement that takes place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, dedicated to promoting generosity and the spirit of giving. It’s a day where communities, nonprofits, and individuals come together to support the causes that matter most to them. For Mountain Hope, Giving Tuesday is a special day that holds great significance.

Supporting Mountain Hope on Giving Tuesday

When individuals and organizations choose to support Mountain Hope on Giving Tuesday, they are directly contributing to the clinic’s ability to continue its vital work. This support goes a long way in ensuring that the doors of the clinic remain open for those in need. By making a donation or participating in fundraising efforts on this day, donors play a significant role in making a difference in the lives of countless individuals and families.

Impact on the Community

The impact of Giving Tuesday for Clínica del Buen Pastor Mountain Hope is far-reaching. It allows the clinic to enhance its services, expand its reach, and invest in technology and infrastructure to provide even better care. Through the generous donations received, the clinic can ensure that:

  1. More uninsured individuals receive important medical attention.
  2. Preventive care and wellness programs are expanded, promoting healthier lifestyles within the community.
  3. Education and outreach efforts are amplified, enabling more people to understand and access available healthcare resources.
  4. Medical professionals and volunteers are empowered to provide top-notch care, thus elevating the overall quality of services offered.

The Ripple Effect

The significance of Giving Tuesday extends beyond a single day of giving. It creates a ripple effect that benefits not only those receiving medical care but the entire community. As Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic thrives, it contributes to the overall health and well-being of Sevier County to both its residents and workforce.

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s mission to provide quality healthcare to the uninsured in Sevier County is truly a mission we believe in.  On Giving Tuesday, the clinic stands as a symbol of hope and compassion, offering a helping hand to those who need it most. By supporting Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic on this special day, donors play a pivotal role in ensuring that the clinic’s mission continues to impact lives and uplift the community. Giving Tuesday is more than just a day of giving; it’s a day of transformation, empowerment, and unity for the people of Sevier County, thanks to our caring community.
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