I am Deborah Murph, Executive Director here at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. In one way or another, my life has been devoted to the health of others: As a mother, as a nurse, to Chief Operating Officer for a Federally Qualified Health Center, and now with Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. For me, it’s not just about the day-to-day operations of managing health systems, it’s about helping and teaching others about health, and ensuring our clinic has the resources to help our community. This can be anything from providing access to insulin for our diabetic patients struggling to provide food for their family, to being a healthcare advocate for patients unable to afford access to treatment for a new cancer diagnosis. Having a strong professional team ensures we as a Clinic are prepared to pivot and quickly adjust to fulfill our commitment to serving our community during unforeseen circumstances when they need us most.
As a non-profit, we rely on the strength of our board of directors to lend their expertise, their time, and to share the mission of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic with others in our community. It’s important to me that you know the people that are helping to push our mission forward here in Sevier County, as they create the effective governance to help the clinic navigate the various categories of oversight, from policy, to organizational activities, to strategic decisions.
Our board is comprised of Sevier County residents who have a passion for community service. Many are involved with our local churches, rotary clubs, hospitality, and business associations. They all bring unique and complementary strengths; some as local business owners, some have backgrounds in medicine or law, some hold deep roots with our community, but all are committed to our mission of providing quality healthcare for the uninsured of Sevier County, to reflect the life and Biblical teachings of Jesus Christ.
I am a believer in the spirit of our mission, and in the saying: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Collectively, our team brings knowledge, momentum, and energy to the clinic. Without them, we would not have been able to expand our services to include behavioral health. Without them, we would not have been able to expand our facility, enabling us to see more patients. It is through their efforts that we will be able to continue to respond to our growing community, to meet our patients where they are and respond to their needs.
We invite you to get to know our board members here, and we are honored to be able to give back to our special community.