The St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation of East Tennessee, Inc. provides direct support for
Charity, Health Care and Education through Catholic organizations
serving those in need in East Tennessee.
The St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation of East Tennessee was formed in 2011 to continue to provide support for the ministry begun by the Sisters of Mercy with the opening of St. Mary’s Hospital in 1930. It was initially made possible through funds provided by the sale of Mercy Health Partners to Health Management Associates.
The St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation seeks to assist the needy and vulnerable of East Tennessee by engaging in general charitable undertakings and endeavors, including but not limited to providing and supporting health care and health care education initiatives, counseling, shelter, nourishment, parochial and secondary education, spiritual education and enrichment, and undertaking other programs to relieve suffering and distress and to improve the human condition.
St. Mary’s Hospital opened in Knoxville on April 22, 1930 under the leadership of the Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters were able to open the hospital despite the impact of the Great Depression on fundraising efforts. The hospital expanded many times over the years, both in size at its original hospital campus and in building and acquiring additional hospitals. St. Mary’s Health Health System eventually operated seven facilities. In 2008, St. Mary’s Health System merged with Baptist Health System to form Mercy Health Partners. However, in 2011, Mercy Health Partners was sold to Health Management Associates, Inc. As a result of the sale, and with money negotiated from that sale, the Diocese of Knoxville established the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation to provide support for the ministry begun by the Sisters of Mercy with the opening of St. Mary’s Hospital in 1930.
In the spring of 2013, the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation, with the Diocese of Knoxville, purchased a mobile medical clinic in hopes of continuing the legacy of St. Mary’s Hospital. The clinic will visit the underserved areas of East Tennessee and provide primary medical care. To learn more about the health problems facing Tennesseeans, please click here to see the statistics provided by America’s Health Ranking and United Health Foundation.
The St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation in action
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
East Tennessee Catholic, “Diocese continuing the legacy of Catholic health care in region” – January 3, 2013
East Tennessee Catholic, “St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation awards $625,000 in grants to organizations” – January 3, 2013
Diocesan Press Release – December 20, 2012
KnoxNews.com, “Diocese to award grants in December” – October 21, 2012
Diocesan Press Release – October 17, 2012
Learn more about supporting the Foundation and the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic by contacting: John Deinhart, Director of Stewardship and Strategic Planning, at 865-584-3307, and Sr. Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD, Director of Health Services, also at 865-584-3307.
If you are interested in volunteering for the mobile clinic, please visit the St. Luke Guild website and sign up for the monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date with the clinic’s progress.
Forms and Instructions:
SMLFET Grant Request Form