St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic is described as a “doctor’s office on wheels.” Its mission is to bring medical care to people in East Tennessee who cannot afford health care or who cannot easily travel to receive health care. There are rural areas within 50 miles of Knoxville that lack some of the modern conveniences that most of us take for granted.
I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, which also included a blessing by Bishop Richard Stika and remarks by Medical Director and Executive Director Sr. Mariana Koonce RSM, MD. I was very interested to learn more about Sr. Mariana. After the ceremony, I invited her to record a public affairs radio interview that will air this Sunday. She was a doctor in the Navy before entering religious life.
Cardinal Justin Rigali and Mayor Madeline Rogero were in the audience. I also spotted Dr. Thomas Kim, founder of the Free Medical Clinic, and Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical. There were representatives from two other free medical programs as well. It says a lot that there is a such a strong need for free medical services in our area.
He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.
His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them.