Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic bustled with activity Jan. 13 and 14 as 134 people, many of them new patients, underwent comprehensive health testing during the Clinic’s days of free physicals for patients with no health insurance.
As a result, all of the 134 have a clearer idea of their health and are on their way to tackling associated issues. Many were new patients to the Clinic, who now have easy access to appointments with medical professionals whenever the need arises.
Such intensive physical exams for so many people in such a short time require the cooperation of many individuals. Students from East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine conducted the exams, supervised by their preceptors. Our thanks go out to all ETSU faculty and staff involved.
Our own Clinic volunteers were led by Dr. Richard Dew, our medical director, and Dr. Bob Valosik. Other volunteers, who helped on a variety of fronts from conducting medical tests to handling paperwork and assisting our paid staff with patients, were Jackie Burk, Connie Carden, Kitty Coykendall, Anna Garber, Jim Kayon, Emma Kepka, Trudi Lodge, Jennifer Love, Barbara McGill, Carol Pierce-Burr and Jerry Sandifer.
Sevier County Health Department staff gave immunization shots for TDAP and flu.
All those involved worked seamlessly together and were rewarded by delicious lunches provided by two local businesses, thanks to Robin Reagan of Tennessee State Bank and Rebecca Mazzei of Dick’s Last Resort.
Oak Tree Lodge very kindly provided overnight lodging for the ETSU contingent.
We are indebted to everyone who worked to make this such a successful event, including The Mountain Press for publicizing it.
Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic provides quality medical and dental care at low cost to Sevier County residents and employees who have no health insurance. The Clinic, at 312 Prince Street, Sevierville, currently has more than 21,000 people on its rolls. For more information, visit www.mountainhopeclinic.org. Another free health fair will be held in the summer.
Ashley Burnette Justice
Director of Fund Development