MMC Hearts& Hands Employee Committee oversees fundraising events and donations madethroughout the year by MMC staff. Every year, MMC employees choose a few localorganizations that will benefit from the charitable giving. In 2017, MMC wasproud to support two local charities, Endure Athletics and Special Kids Therapyand Nursing Center.

MurfreesboroMedical Clinic is passionate about community involvement and giving back, whichis why the Hearts & Hands project was formed. Through this project and thevarious fundraisers performed within the clinic family, MMC was proud to donate$5,705 to the two charities chosen for last year.

EndureAthletics, located in Murfreesboro, serves the homeless youth in RutherfordCounty. They offer several opportunities, including after-school, weekend, andsummer camp programs to offer children a free, structured and encouragingenvironment to grow. Endure Athletics focuses on literacy and mentorship, inaddition to fitness and athletics. Their goal is to enrich the lives of thehomeless youth in our community.

Special Kidsis a Christian Therapy and Nursing Center for children with special needs. Theyoffer various therapy options, including physical, occupational and speech therapy.Special Kids also provides many other resources, both for children with specialneeds and their families. Their mission is to provide care for not only thechild, but also for the entire family.

Joey Peay,Chief Executive Officer of MMC, noted, “While the supported organizationstypically change from year to year, the overwhelming support and passion of thestaff of MMC for these non-profit, community service organizations is trulyheartwarming. It makes me proud to lead an organization with so much compassionshown by our staff for their neighbors in need!”

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Department of Vascular Surgery and Vein Center is proud to implement the VenaSeal™ Procedure into their treatment options for venous reflux disease and varicose veins. The department is comprised of Drs. David Chatman, Ramesh Gowda, and Rodney Bensley, three Board Certified Vascular Surgeons, who are passionate about helping patients have healthy legs for life.

Venous reflux disease occurs when there is not proper blood flow in the leg veins. This is often characterized by painful, swollen, or restless legs and can result in unsightly varicose veins.

VenaSeal™ is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that improves the blood flow to the affected veins. This new, innovative treatment option eliminates the need for anesthesia, compression stockings and invasive surgical procedures. Patients treated with VenaSeal™ experience less discomfort, bruising and downtime. Many patients are often able to resume normal activities by the next day.

With three Board Certified Vascular Surgeons, who have performed over 4,000 vein procedures in the past 10 years, it is evident their knowledge and skills are unmatched. The state-of-the-art treatments offered at MMC Vein Center are safe and effective, with little downtime, and provide proven results.

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Utpal Patel, M.D.  is an Internal Medicine physician and ImPact Certified Concussion Specialist at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. As a concussion specialist, Dr. Patel is passionate about advancing awareness and education of concussions and ImPact evaluations for parents, coaches, athletic trainers, school educators and administrators. On Thursday, April 26th he was invited to speak at Rutherford County Schools’ in-service for elementary, middle and high school nurses.

Dr. Patel reviewed several concussion topics related to these age groups – what to look for, how to treat them, and how to prevent them. While concussions are primarily considered a result of sports injuries, he reminded that student athletes are not the only ones at risk for concussion injuries. Falling off a bike, bumping a head on a locker, or rough-housing with siblings – these can all cause injuries that should be monitored by a medical professional. Dr. Patel noted, “Their brains are still developing at the elementary age – and even middle and high school – so it is important to protect and monitor them.”

One of the most important parts of concussion recovery is communication. This includes communication between medical professionals, athletic trainers, parents, and educators. Clear communication of the type of injury, treatment, and how the child is recovering is key to ensuring the right treatments are taking place. Athletes may be eager to get back on the field following a concussion, but recovery time is unique for every student. Dr. Patel introduced the question, “Who makes the call for them to go back to play? Not the parent or child or coach. This should always be the healthcare professional.”

“Our job is to take care of the athlete and be their advocate….it can be hard sometimes to tell them that they can’t go back in to play,” Dr. Patel remarked. Ultimately the goal as medical professionals, parents, and educators is to look out for the best interest of the student’s future.

About MMC’s Internal and Family Medicine Concussion Specialist

Dr. Patel and his team are part of MMC’s Internal and Family Medicine department. They treat adults age 15 and up with concussion related injuries. In addition, Dr. Patel is a team physician and medical director of athletics for MTSU.  With over 25 departments and more than 70 physicians, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is a trusted partner in treating an individual’s health care needs.

For more information about Dr. Patel’s Concussion Specialist clinic, please visit or call 615-278-7640 or 615-867-8010.