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Sheppard is BMH’s January employee of the month
Marcus Sheppard is Blount Memorial Hospital’s January employee of the month. Working in the hospital’s emergency department, Sheppard is a licensed practical nurse and emergency medical technician.

He has been with Blount Memorial for four years and not only shows compassion and generosity toward patients, but also toward his co-workers.

Sheppard enjoys the variety of his job and his supervisor says, "He has a way about him that puts the patient at ease even in the most stressful situations. He is a team player, and is not afraid to help any of his co-workers without being asked."

One of his most-memorable experiences on the job was being there to comfort family members when a patient passed away. The hospital later received a letter from the son thanking Sheppard for his genuine act of kindness.

Outside of the workplace, Sheppard enjoys sailing and shooting. He is a member of the Tennessee Disaster Medical Assistance team and K9-SAR.

Sheppard is a native of Warrington, England and currently resides in Maryville.

Williams appointed to Blount Memorial Baord
Clarence B. Williams has been appointed to a three-year term on Blount Memorial Hospital’s board of directors, announced hospital administrator Joseph M. Dawson during the hospital’s January board meeting. Williams serves on the Blount Memorial board as a representative of the Blount County Commission.

Williams is retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority following a 32-year career. At the time of his retirement, he was the director of equal opportunity compliance, a position he held for 24 years. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.
The Blount Memorial Hospital board of directors is comprised of nine members elected for three-year renewable terms. Four directors are elected by the Blount County Commission, two by the City of Maryville, two by the City of Alcoa and one by the Board of Trustees of Maryville College.

In addition to Williams, the Blount Memorial Hospital board of directors includes Robert P. Redwine, president; C. Michael Davis, vice president; W. Wayne Brown, Jim Fiegle, Ted Flickinger, M.D., Francis Gross, Ed.D., Robin Haynes and Susan Keller.

Surgeons host bariatric surgery lectures
In February, Blount Memorial Hospital’s ongoing Bariatric Lecture Series program features a presentations by Blount Memorial surgeons who will discuss the surgical and laparoscopic treatments of obesity.

Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray are the speakers at a presentation at 6 p.m. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium.

To register for the free community programs, call 1-866-300-8644.

Maryville community helps promote health and wellness
Residents living in and around the Maryville community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening will be at the Everett Senior Center on Feb. 20. The site is located at 702 Burchfield Street in Maryville.

Appointments will begin at 9:00 a.m.

A stroke, also known as a "brain attack," is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced.

Screenings involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk.

All four screenings take less than an hour to complete. A complete wellness package, including the Stroke/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Ankle Brachial Index (hardening of the arteries) and Osteoporosis screenings, is only $129 (a savings of $41).

Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of vascular screenings. Over 85 ultrasound teams are on staff to travel to local communities.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1336 or visit us on the web at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

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