Join us in welcoming Sr. Monika Mary, RSM! Sister is originally from Germany and has just finished spending 2 years in formation at the Motherhouse in Alma, MI. She will be working as an Administrative Intern with the clinic for six months. She will be traveling with the clinic on all its visits and she looks forward to meeting everyone in the coming weeks. We are excited to have her with us!
The mobile clinic was thrilled to have some guest nursing students visit us out in Decatur yesterday. These students come from Scotland and are part of the UT Nursing Exchange Program. They helped our triage nurses take blood pressures, gather health histories, observed patient exams, and got to see how a rural clinic functions here in America. Thank you to our volunteer Renee Hamilton, FNP for helping arrange this visit.
THANK YOU St. Francis of Assisi Council of Catholic Women for your generous donation to the Mobile Clinic. This donation will help ensure that our patients in Crab Orchard receive the examinations, laboratory tests, and medications that they need to improve their health. This wonderful group of women has donated over $2,500 over the past 3 years. God Bless you all for your support.
The staff and volunteers of the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic along with Fr. Antony of St. Mary Catholic Church were all pleased with the clinic’s first visit out to Gatlinburg on April 27th. The clinic saw new patients and even began training some new volunteers and translators. We were happy to have many of them make the trip in to Knoxville the next day for our Volunteer Orientation training. The mobile clinic will be serving Gatlinburg and surrounding areas on the 4th Thursday of each month. Call to scheduled an appointment for this site or any of our other locations: 865-212-5570.
Two of St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic’s volunteers, Patty Johnson and Carm Shaw, presented oils to Bishop Stika during the Chrism Mass on April 11, 2017. The Chrism Mass, held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, is one of the most important liturgical events of the year, when Bishop Stika blesses and distributes the Holy Oils used in the sacraments celebrated in each parish of the diocese throughout the year. The priests also renew their vows during this special mass. We are honored that Patty and Carm were there to represent the mobile clinic, and the healing ministry of Jesus that the clinic extends to its patients.
The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic is excited to announce that it will begin traveling to Gatlinburg as a regular clinic site. The mobile clinic will visit Gatlinburg on the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning on April 27, 2017. St. Mary Catholic Church, located at 304 Historic Nature Trail, will serve as the partnership site. Primary Care services will be provided at no cost to patients, who are welcome to come from Gatlinburg and surrounding areas. The clinic strictly serves patients who currently have NO health insurance coverage. If you have questions or are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call the clinic office at 865-212-5570. Local volunteers will also be needed to staff the clinic each month during its visit. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please visit the “Volunteer” tab of this site and download a Volunteer Application. Watch for updates and pictures from our Gatlinburg launch coming up in a few weeks!
Twenty-one volunteer nurses gathered for a Nursing In-Service on Tuesday, February 21st. Topics covered included hypertension protocol, biohazard disposal, use of inhalers, and review of the EKG and Cholestech machines onboard the clinic. The nurses enjoyed hearing from a guest speaker from Mental Health Association of East Tennessee. Many of the nurses appreciated the chance to gather and receive additional training, as well as to collaborate and discuss issues occurring at their various clinic partnership sites. A delicious potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. Special thanks to our Clinical Nurse Manager, Melissa, for organizing the event, and to Eleanor, Star, and volunteers from Catholic High School for their assistance preparing the parish hall.
2016 was a great year for the mobile clinic. After all the patient visits were counted, volunteer hours added up, and value of care totaled… we are please to offer this snapshot of data we call our ” 2016 Year in Review ” Check it out!
Recently our very own Dana Myers was recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution as recipient of their Community Service Award. Since the clinic began in January 2014, Dana has been a committed volunteer who has consistently served the community of patients in Athens, TN. Dana has donated 125 hours to volunteering with the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic. She greets patients with kindness and listens to their struggles with compassion. Dana truly exemplifies the service-minded attitude that the Daughters of the American Revolution represent. Through service to our clinic and our underserved patients, volunteers like Dana are having a direct impact on the health outcomes of our patients and the improvements they make.
Above is a picture of Dana receiving the Community Service Award at her local DAR meeting on December 10, 2016. Pictured with her to her left is Carrie Bright, Chapter Regent and to her right is Susan Pluff, Chapter Member. Congratulations, Dana! We are so proud of you!
Sr. Mariana was grateful to be featured in the Fall/Winter 2016 edition of Catholic Extension Magazine, as she was a finalist for this year’s Lumen Christi Award. The mobile clinic travels to various parts of East Tennessee, where only 3% of the population is Catholic. The mobile clinic allows Sr. Mariana and other volunteers to show the face of the Catholic Church in a nonthreatening way. Beyond offering free health care to those in need, Sister works to uplift the dignity of each patient and help them realize they are a son or daughter of God. Keep up the great work!