Sister Bernie is making a difference in Appalachia

By Karen Adams/CNS When Sister Bernadette “Bernie” Kenny, a religious in the Medical Missionaries of Mary, brought her nursing skills to Appalachian Virginia in 1978, she was startled by the long and steep distances between towns. But the Boston native soon found that driving those routes to provide health care …

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Tennova closing former St. Mary’s Hospital

East Tennessee’s first Catholic medical center to be shuttered Dec. 28, longtime Sisters of Mercy to relocate By Dan McWilliams An 88-year-old tradition will end Dec. 28 when Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville, formerly long known as St. Mary’s Medical Center, will close its doors. The hospital’s owners, …

Diocese continuing the legacy of Catholic health care in region

Bishop Stika names Sister of Mercy physician to direct new health services, St. Luke Guild ministry   Sister Mariana Koonce has been in East Tennessee only since October, but already she feels a kinship with St. Mary’s Hospital, the longtime Catholic medical facility in Knoxville that has changed hands and …

St. Luke Guild now registering volunteers

Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD, was appointed director of Health Services for the Diocese of Knoxville in 2012, and she officially joined the diocese in October. In her position, she will lead the new diocesan ministry to provide health care to underserved areas across the diocese and the new St. …