Letter: Mountain Hope says thanks for assistance with physicals

Jul. 28, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Editor:

One hundred nine people received free physical examinations at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic in Sevierville July 17 and 18. The physicals were offered to Sevier County residents and workers who have no health insurance.

As a result, many have gotten much-needed medical help that they could not otherwise afford, particularly as some have lost their insurance during the economic downturn. Many were patients who have not visited the clinic before, and who now have a “medical home” to which they can turn for the early detection and treatment of the chronic diseases that may shorten the lives of the uninsured.

Our special thanks go to the staff and students of Quillen School of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, who conducted the physicals in a caring and professional manner, and to volunteers Dr. Richard Dew, Sharon Bryant, Jackie Burk, Kitty Coykendall, Anna Garber, Emma Kepka, Jennifer Love, Barbara McGill, Grace Mikels, Brie Moersdorf, Sandi Moersdorf, Carol Pierce-Burr, Chloe Treadway, and Dr. Robert Valosik. We would also like to thank the following businesses for various services that enabled us to make the clinic such a success: Collier’s Restaurant Group and Corky’s, LeConte Medical Center; Oak Tree Lodge; and Sevier County Bank.

We are deeply grateful for the support and community spirit of all who participated.

Ashley Justice

Director of Fund Development

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic