February 2016: e-Newsletter
David moved to the Tri-Cities area when his mother was placed in a nursing home in Kingsport two years ago. Moving to a small city like Bristol presented certain challenges, and he found himself having to move from a management position to a server position to gain employment.
Unfortunately, with most small, businesses, this meant taking a job with no benefits, thus putting him in a predicament. David had been dealing with major blood pressure issues, and had no medical or prescription coverage. Luckily for him, two of his favorite customers mentioned he would qualify to receive care at Healing Hands.
“I was very fortunate to meet the Phillipses. I was working a catering event in their home and something came up about insurance, and I didn’t think I would qualify for Healing Hands, but she encouraged me to come on in. Well, I was able to qualify and everyone was just wonderful. I got an appointment with Dr. Arnold. I honestly expected to get a five minute appointment, get some prescriptions and be on my way. Instead, he talked to me for half an hour. He was so thorough, and not just with my blood pressure, but with my medical background and overall health. I have just been so amazed by the time and care he takes with his patients. My blood pressure is a challenge, and when adding a new medicine recently, he took the time to research the local pharmacy with the best prices for my medication. ”
Recently, David utilized the dental services offered at Healing Hands as well. Although, he only needed routine care, he found the staff to be extremely knowledgeable, and the facility to be very impressive. Not only does David find Healing Hands to be a wonderful place to receive treatment, but he was delighted to discover they also extend themselves to cover pharmaceutical costs as much as possible. Daily medication, which would cost David $500-600 a month, is his at a fraction of the cost due to the efforts of Healing Hands and their generous donors.
“Healing Hands and their staff have provided medical and dental services far beyond anything that I ever could have expected. Coming here has been a gift to me.”
RECAP: 6th Annual Sweets for the Sweet Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who supported our 6th annual Sweets for the Sweet cupcake fundraiser. Whether you purchased cupcakes or helped us deliver, together we sold and distributed 900 cupcakes!
Blackbird Bakery generously donated all 900 cupcakes for our event and we are so grateful to Carla and Randall Perkins for their support!
Special thanks to the entire Blue Stocking Club for their help handwriting all 900 cards and helping deliver cupcakes – we couldn’t have done it without them!
Thanks to WCYB and Preston Ayres for the tremendous coverage and awesome commercial. Thank you Rebecca Pepin, Julie Newman, Paul Johnson, Dave Dierks and Casey Goetz for their help making Valentine’s Day extra special to many surprised recipients!
Medical Clinic Updates
We are thrilled to welcome 4 new medical professional volunteers!
- Christine Lewis, is a Nurse Practitioner and will see medical patients 1-2 days per month at Healing Hands.
- Dr. Fred Knickerbocker, is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon who will begin helping treat non-surgical patients on-sight by providing injections and physical therapy.
- Dr. Peter Torok, is a retired Family Practice physician and will begin treating medical patients one day per week beginning in March.
- Dr. Darcy Stracner, an Emergency Room physician will begin treating patients at Healing Hands in March, too.
We are so thankful to Wellmont for their recent donation of an EKG machine and a battery for our AED Machine (Defibrillator). Healing Hands is grateful for the 18 year partnership with Wellmont Health System and all that they do for our community.
“These aren’t just my people — these are our people, our patients, and our clinic”
As I saw the peaks of the mountains appearing in the horizon as I drove from Memphis to Bristol, I was reminded of why I love East Tennessee so much. After all, this is my home, and these are my people. The experiences I have had in the Helping Hands clinic in Bristol have been nothing short of amazing. I have experienced the magic of providing care to a person who is truly thankful for my services. My classmates and I have been shown kindness from staff and patients, alike. We have heard stories from patients of gratitude, and we have learned clinical skills and compassion along the way. Although East Tennessee is home for me, I believe that Bristol has made a lasting impression in the hearts of all of the student doctors who have visited the clinic. These aren’t just my people — these are our people, our patients, and our clinic.
UTHSC College of Dentistry
Class of 2016
Response from Delta Dental of Tennessee; a major partner in our dental program:
“Wow, this is Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing. This is proof that together, we really are changing lives for the better in Tennessee.”
Volunteer Spotlight: Rebekah Heacock
Rebekah is a native of Bristol, Tennessee. She is a senior at King University and will be graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Business and Bible & Religion.
Rebekah has plans to work in the non-profit sector once she graduates and is currently serving as an Intern at Healing Hands. Rebekah was instrumental in our Sweets for the Sweet cupcake fundraiser’s success and has spent time working with our medical team.
Rebekah and her husband, Nathan, will be relocating to Memphis this summer for him to pursue a degree as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. We will miss her but have greatly enjoyed having her here with us this year!
FREE Dental and Resource Fair for Veterans
Friday, April 15th
Interested in giving back to those who have fought for our freedom? Help us provide FREE dental care to Veterans of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
We are seeking financial sponsors for this day! It costs $30 per patient in disposable dental supplies, so if you have an interest in sponsoring a Veteran, please contact Helen Scott at Helen@healinghandshealthcenter.org or by sending a donation to 245 Midway Medical Park, Bristol, TN 37620 (please mark your donation: Veterans Dental Fair) or visit our website www.healinghandshealthcenter.org
We are offering free haircuts, meals and resource information to everyone attending that day.
If you or someone you know would like to get involved, please contact Helen Scott 423.652.2516.
Ladies’ Diamonds & Ice Luncheon “Derby Style”
Wednesday, May 4th at the Bristol Train Station from 11:30 – 1:00 PM
11th Annual Fundraising Gala
Saturday, August 27th
Bristol Regional Medical Center Chose Healing Hands as their Winter Employee Activity Project!
“Bristol Regional Medical Center employees participate in community causes on an ongoing basis. Many of the activities are linked to United Way agencies and other community groups.
Community volunteering occurs at all levels but, recently our hospital wide employee activity involved a paper product and general supply collection for Healing Hands.
Our employee activity committee is always looking for ways to encourage engagement with our employees on the hospital level with events linked to holidays or hospital celebratory dates.”