Health Services

Sr. Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD

Sr. Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD

Mission
The Office of Health Services exists to perpetuate the work of the Sisters of Mercy and their tradition of ministry to the poor, sick and uneducated in keeping with the vision of their founder Catherine McCauley.

This vision has not come to an end with the sale of Mercy Healthcare Partners in 2011, but will be continued in a new manner through this office, which will seek to bring the ministry of healing and corporal and spiritual care to the needy throughout East Tennessee.

Goals

  • Provide mobile and/or fixed location medical and ancillary services aimed at healing the whole person.
  • Build the membership of the St. Luke Guild with health care professionals who help serve this mission through occasional volunteer services while also being evangelizers within the medical community.
  • Sow seeds for a correct understanding of the sanctity and dignity of the human person and a greater appreciation for the mystery of human suffering.

For information about the mission and goals of the Office of Health Services, please see the linked East Tennessee Catholic article (January 2013) and FAQs.

It’s official: The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic is now a reality! This clinic provides free medical to the poor of our diocese through a mobile unit. Please visit the clinic’s website here or download the Volunteer Application here.

Please continue to pray for the success of the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic, join the St. Luke Guild if you have not already, and ask the Lord how He wants you to support this project. You may call Sr. Mariana at the Office of Health Services (865-584-3307) to find out more information.

Press Coverage:

KnoxNews.com, “St. Mary’s Legacy mobile clinic unveiled” (video) – September 11, 2013

WBIR.com, “St. Mary’s launches mobile health care clinic for rural counties” – September 11, 2013

TriCities.com, “Knoxville diocese to offer mobile clinic health care” – April 19, 2013

Local8Now.com, “St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation to bring free mobile clinic to East Tennessee” – April 17, 2013

WBIR.com, “Knoxville Diocese planning mobile medical clinic” – April 17, 2013

KnoxNews.com, “St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation to offer version of doctor house calls” – April 17, 2013

KnoxNews.com, “Coming soon: St. Mary’s doctor’s office on wheels with nun/doctor aboard” – April 17, 2013

Kingsport Times-News, “Foundation to offer free mobile health clinic in Sullivan, Hawkins” – April 16, 2013

Johnson City Press, “Foundation to launch free mobile health-care clinic” – April 15, 2013

Holy Father’s Messages for Healthcare

Pope-FrancisFrom His Holiness Pope Francis to participants from the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (September 20, 2013):

In a frail human being, each one of us is invited to recognize the face of the Lord, who in his human flesh experienced the indifference and solitude to which we so often condemn the poorest of the poor, whether in developing countries or in wealthy societies. Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection…And every elderly person, even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” suggests! They cannot be thrown away!

Click here to read the full address.

Comments 5

    1. Catholic Charities of East Tennessee may be able to provide the assistance you need. Please contact them at (865) 524-9896.

    1. Catholic Charities of East Tennessee has therapeutic counseling services in Chattanooga and Knoxville, and Horizon House I (Knoxville), Horizon House II (Maryville), and Five Rivers (Morristown) providing housing for adults with chronic mental illness. Please contact them at (865) 524-9896.

  1. Does Knoxville County have catholic assisted nursing centers for the elderly?
    I am interested in pursuing this option for my elderly mother and cannot seem to find anything within the Knoxville county or surrounding counties. Can you provide some information?
    Many thanks

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