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As physicians and medical professionals, we take an oath to protect humans and take care of all, no matter who they are or what they look like.We have a sacred responsibility to heal.

This is best exemplified by the analogy of caring for a wound. We clear out the infections from a wound either by washing it profusely or by literally cutting out the infected tissue. Then, we sew the skin back or allow the wound to heal from the bottom up if the area is too unwell.In order to foster healing, at times, we even have to take medications or use special products to provide a scaffold for healing. Either way, the skin will bind itself back together when we provide a clean, healthy, stable environment for healing to occur.

In this time, as has been since the dawn of our nation and our people, racism is a festering infection that lies deep within our society. It is a wound that continually reopens as we have not truly rooted out all of the illness. Our hope is that we truly debride the wounds,take our antibiotics, and allow for a lasting and true healing of our people and our society.

As an organization, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic denounces all forms of prejudice, but more specifically we denounce racism and racial injustice. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters with black and brown skin that have been victims of injustice. Our physicians and staff are committed to ensuring that racism is not tolerated within our organization or our community.

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Face masks are now required in many public places to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. For people with hearing loss, though, this may be easier said than done. 

That's because face masks add extra challenges for people with hearing impairments:

  • It's harder to understand people when they're speaking to you with a mask on their face.
  • If you wear hearing aids, the ear loops may tug on your hearing aids and cause other problems.

"I have yet to figure out a way to remove my mask without the hearing aids also coming off," explained Martha Malan, of St. Paul, Minn. She normally wears hearing aids and eyeglasses. Now she also has to contend with elastic ear loops on the backs of her ears. "It's a challenge."

Wearing a mask with hearing aids

If you wear behind-the-ear hearing aids, you will likely encounter some problems trying to wear a standard face mask with elastic ear loops. The ear loops may tug at the tubing that connects the hearing aid to the speaker that sits in your ear (known as the dome). You also may inadvertently pull your hearing aids out and drop them when removing your mask. What's a hearing aid wearer to do? 

Because there are so many types of hearing aids, we recommend you first reach out to your hearing care provider who may have solutions they've come up with when talking to other patients. Also, we've seen lots of creative workarounds floating around out there, including:

  • Wearing a mask with soft fabric ties to relieve the pressure on the ears, instead of elastic
  • Using a special mask extender with buttons or other holders to attach the mask loops onto, on the back of the head, instead of the ears (many medical practitioners now use these, since they have to wear tight-fitting masks all day)
  • Using simple tools like plastic s-hooks to loop the mask onto, instead of your ears

"There have been calls for the public to use transparent face shields, rather than masks, which may offer a solution. But the public has yet to adopt this solution," said Kevin Munro, PhD, professor of audiology at the University of Manchester in the U.K.

Speaking to people with hearing loss when wearing a mask

In medical settings

People with hearing loss also face challenges when trying to listen to someone who is wearing a mask. In medical settings, where stress is running high and provider-to-patient communication is tantamount, this can lead to frustrating scenarios on both sides.

"Masks pose two obvious problems for patients with hearing loss: the patient cannot gain any cues from lipreading, and the voice of the healthcare provider is attenuated and distorted," note the authors of the study "How do medical masks degrade speech reception?", published in The Hearing Review. (In this context, "attenuated" means a mask lowers the volume of a person's voice.)

When combined with the clamor in many hospitals—and the lack of visual cues because the wearer's mask is blocked,—speech could be "close to unintelligible" for many hospitalized people with hearing loss, the study noted.

To help, the authors provided this checklist for talking to patients with hearing loss in medical settings:

  • Reduce the room's noise and get the patient's attention
  • Ask how the patient prefers to communicate
  • Speak slowly and clearly 
  • Do not shout (this can be painful to a person with hearing loss)
  • Make sure hearing aid wearers are using them
  • Consider using a portable hearing aid amplifier
  • Rephrase remarks if not understood
  • Take turns while speaking to the patient
  • Do not talk while walking
  • If obtainable, masks with clear plastic make lip reading easier

"Speakers often naturally try to compensate by projecting, but a more effective approach is to speak more clearly, with greater enunciation," explains Nicole Marrone, PhD, associate professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona.

In public settings

When out in public, such as at a shopping trip, these tips can't always be followed. But, for example, if you and your spouse are both wearing masks, make sure your spouse is aware they must speak more slowly and clearly to you. And speak up for yourself when talking to strangers, letting them know you can't hear well and need them to speak more clearly. 

If you're the one trying to speak to someone with hearing loss, "use some creativity to get your meaning conveyed, instead of repeating the same misunderstood phrases over and over again," recommends Dr. Mandy Mroz, AuD, president of Healthy Hearing. "Don't underestimate the power of body language, eye contact and slowing down speech to be more clear."

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Information from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

With virtual meetings becoming a critical tool for U.S. workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, people with—and without—hearing loss may experience new communication challenges.

By taking some simple steps, virtual meetings can be more effective: 

  • Make Time for Introductions. Start each meeting with a few minutes of general conversation. This allows people to share information and updates with one another, unrelated to the meeting agenda, before focusing on the specific meeting topic. This can give people with hearing loss a few minutes to make sure they can hear everyone appropriately and make any necessary adjustments to their equipment.
  • Use Video. Whenever possible, use a virtual meeting platform that allows webcams to be used, and encourage all participants to use them. Visual cues help people with and without hearing loss understand conversations.
  • Check Lighting. Participate on video calls in a room with good lighting. When using a webcam, it is best to have lighting in front of you rather than behind you. If all of a room’s lighting (electronic or natural) is projected from behind a person and toward a webcam, it makes their facial features difficult to see, limiting the use of visual cues.
  • Keep Your Mouth Unobstructed. Try to keep hands, hair, and clothing away from your mouth/face. Project when speaking so that listeners have the best opportunity to hear and understand.
  • Use the Mute Button. When you aren’t speaking, keep your microphone muted. When multiple people are participating in an online meeting, background noise from each participant’s home as well as sounds of typing, eating, and so forth, can be highly disruptive. 
  • Wait Your Turn. Don’t interrupt others, since it is harder to shift listening from one speaker to the next in a virtual meeting. When it’s your turn, be as concise as possible and then allow the conversation to shift to the next person. Waiting your turn ensures that everyone has an equal opportunity to express their thoughts without having to try to talk over another person. 
  • Share Your Screen. If the meeting is focused on a particular document or resource that you are presenting, consider sharing your screen, so that all attendees can view the document or resource in real time. Use your computer mouse to help highlight key areas or information you are discussing, or use the mouse as a digital pointer, calling attention to the section you are discussing. 
  • Record Your Meeting. If you are the meeting organizer, consider recording the meeting. Let attendees know that the meeting is being recorded and where they can access it after the meeting. Because some attendees may experience network connection issues or have their calls dropped, it is useful to be able to share the recording with attendees for those people who missed a segment of the discussion or presentation.

For people with hearing loss, these additional tips for virtual meetings may be helpful:

  • Use Earbuds/Headphones With Your Computer or Other Device.Many ear buds and headphones have noise-canceling technologies that can make it easier to hear the dialogue in the meeting, without needing to increase the volume, and reduce the background noise of your setting. You may want to experiment with different styles of headphones to identify which style affords you the best listening experience.
  • Sync Up With Hearing Aids. If you wear hearing aids, ask your audiologist if there is a connectivity option that would allow your hearing aids to connect via Bluetooth directly to the device you use for virtual meetings. 
  • Speak Up. Remember that good communication is a universal right for all. Be sure to talk to your employer and advocate for yourself if you are not able to hear or understand. If you are struggling to hear, there may be others who are struggling as well. You don’t want to miss important assignments, information, or updates during and after the meeting.

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Osteoporosis in Women

May 13th, 2020

What is osteoporosis and who does it affect?

Osteoporosis causes bone to lose its calcium content and strength, leading to increased risk of fractures, especially in the hips and spine.  Hip fracture requires major surgery, and spine fracture causes height loss, stooping posture and lots of back pain!  Osteoporosis affects mainly women after menopause, but also men, especially those over 50. 

Why are women more prone to getting osteoporosis?

Men reach a higher maximum bone mass than women because of testosterone, which builds bone more than estrogen, so on average women have smaller and thinner bones than men.  Men can and do get osteoporosis, though, especially if they have used prednisone.  The rapid drop in estrogen after menopause puts women at an especially high risk of osteoporosis and then fracture.  

How can one be proactive and prevent osteoporosis?

Women reach their highest bone strength around age 30, so ensuring young people get enough vitamin D and calcium can help reach their best bone strength.  Tobacco use, heavy consumption of alcohol and frequent or long-term use of prednisone or other steroids weaken bone and increase risk of fractures as well.  Older men and women can prevent osteoporosis by getting lots of weight-bearing exercise like walking and continuing to supplement calcium and vitamin D.  

Are there ways to treat or reverse the effects of osteoporosis?

While bone loss cannot usually be completely reversed, bone strength can be increased and risk of fracture lowered by taking one of several prescription osteoporosis medications.  Pills taken once a week or once a month can slow down bone loss.  Injections taken once or twice a year are an option when the pills cause stomach upset.  Daily injections taken for two years are the most effective treatment, and are prescribed for patients who have had fractures despite taking one of the other treatments.  

How can osteoporosis be detected? What can one look for and what steps should you take?

Osteoporosis doesn’t hurt and doesn’t cause any problems unless you break a bone!  Because you can’t feel it, you have to find it with a bone density screening test.  It takes about 5 minutes, is completely painless and not in an enclosed space, and exposes you to less radiation than a chest X-ray.   The bone density test result can be normal, low bone mass (also called osteopenia), or osteoporosis.  Everyone should take calcium and vitamin D, and some with osteopenia and all with osteoporosis should get prescription medicine to strengthen their bones. 

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Skin Cancer Awareness

May 8th, 2020

Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer!

What everyday steps can you take to care for your skin?

Cleaning your skin daily with a gentle cleanser, moisturizing with a good moisturizer (I recommend ZO Daily Power Defense or Elta MD AM/PM Therapy, which are both sold at Kattine Aesthetics) and of course, sunscreen!

Why is sunscreen important? What should you look for when choosing a sunscreen?

Sunscreen protects against harmful UV rays that cause skin cancer. You want to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out, use a SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply every 2 hours! We usually recommend the mineral based sunscreens.

How can you perform skin cancer checks at home?

Performing a skin check at home is a great idea and should be done on a regular basis. The American Academy of Dermatology has some great resources on their website about how to perform them on yourself and what to look for (

You want to look for the “ABCs”

A-      Asymmetrical lesions

B-      Lesions with irregular Borders

C-      Color (dark, irregular, red, white, blue, etc)

D-      Diameter (lesions larger than a pencil eraser)

E-      Evolving lesions

What differences are there between skin cancer types?

Skin cancers are divided into two categories – Melanoma and Non Melanoma. Non melanoma skin cancers are often successfully treated with surgical intervention. Melanoma skin cancers may require both medical and surgical intervention along with closer monitoring.

Why is an annual skin cancer screening important?

Annual screenings are important to check for any worrisome lesions. Especially for people with a long history of sun damage or a family history of skin cancer!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Schedule your annual skin cancer screening with MMC Dermatology today by calling 615-867-8220 or visiting

By MMC Dermatology Provider Hope Brown Owen, FNP-BC

Hope is a board certified Nurse Practitioner, who received both her undergraduate and graduate degree from Belmont University. Prior to earning her Master's degree, Hope worked as a RN in dermatology. Hope joined MMC in February of 2016, and specializes in medical dermatology. In her free time she enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with family.

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During this difficult time, more people are experiencing anxiety than usual. It is important to know the symptoms so that you can learn to better cope with it and get the help you need, if necessary. 

Symptoms of Anxiety:

1.      Feeling nervous or on edge

2.      Not being able to stop the worrying, worry about different things

3.      Trouble relaxing

4.      Restlessness, easily annoyed or irritable

5.      Afraid something awful may happen

Coping Strategies:

1.      Develop a support system: Select close family or friends to be your support system. Interact with them regularly via phone call, FaceTime, Zoom, etc. Maintain social interactions despite physical distancing.

2.      Establish a regular sleep routine. Stick with it despite being at home. Consistency is key.

3.      Eat healthy foods. Establish a regular exercise routine/free online classes. Get outside and enjoy the sunshine. 

4.      Pick a new hobby or project that interests you. There are many free online courses being offered.

5.      Turn off the news, social media and relax. Stretch and meditate. Get your updates twice daily from reputable sources. 

6.      Be kind to yourself and others.

Remember that your healthcare provider at MMC is still here for you and would be happy to see you or discuss your symptoms over a telehealth visit if needed.

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UPDATED April 8, 2020

As of April 8th Governor Bill Lee has extended the initial executive order that applies to surgical procedures being performed in the state. MMC’s SurgiCenter will continue to follow this order and will only be performing a select number of urgent surgical procedures until April 30th. Patients are encouraged to contact their physician for any questions regarding upcoming procedures.

UPDATED April 6, 2020

MMC Now Offering Telehealth Visits During COVID-19 Crisis

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC) is now offering telehealth visits to patients during this time of crisis. MMC’s top priority is the health and safety of its patients, visitors and staff. Patients who have upcoming appointments or who need to be seen by their primary or specialty care provider are encouraged to contact their provider’s office to see if their visit is appropriate for a telehealth visit. 

During a telehealth visit, the patient and provider communicate via video chat. Telehealth visits allow patients to receive effective, quality care without leaving home by using a smartphone, tablet or computer with a webcam. These visits are private and confidential and are now covered by insurance (will be billed as a regular visit). 

MMC Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Zane Cooke, shares why telehealth visits have been a priority for MMC in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. “Telehealth is a unique opportunity to meet patients where they are and deliver care to their home.” Dr. Cooke continues to say, “It allows the physician to reach more patients and avoid unnecessary exposure to the illness, which ultimately gives patients increased peace of mind.”

Not every type of appointment will be appropriate for a telehealth visit. Any patient who would like to inquire about a telehealth visit is encouraged to contact their provider’s office via the MMC and Me Patient Portal or call the department directly.

Patients with questions about telehealth visits at MMC are encouraged to visit

UPDATED March 26, 2020

MMC Will Offer Limited, Drive-Through Testing Starting Thursday, March 26th

Starting Thursday, March 26, 2020 Murfreesboro Medical Clinic will provide on-site, drive-through, testing for COVID-19. Drive-through testing will be located in the south parking lot at MMC’s main location on 1272 Garrison Drive and will be open Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm.

In our community,there has been confusion around the difference between screening and testing.

  • Screening is a questionnaire to evaluate symptoms and risk of exposure.
  • Testing is the actual swab used to collect the sample, which is then sent off to a laboratory.


Until testing kits become readily available, MMC will only be testing those who have been screened and referred by the Rutherford County Health Department or local physicians.

In order to be tested on-site at MMC, patients must follow the instructions below.

  • Patients MUST be screened by the following and have a referral to be tested:

o  To be screened by the Rutherford County Health Department please call, (615) 898-7880.

o  At this time only a handful of local provider offices will be able to refer patients to MMC for testing. This is subject to change.

  • Once patients have been screened and referred for testing, they will receive a text message with registration information that must be completed in order to be tested.

General Public who have not been screened and do not have a referral will not be allowed to enter the drive-through line.

The public will only need to be screened and/or possibly tested if they are symptomatic and exposed to a person known to have tested positive COVID-19.

Screening questions include:

  1. Fever
  2. New Dry Cough
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Exposure to a person known to have tested positive for COVID-19, not speculated, only confirmed to be positive
  5. Has returned from international travel or a cruise within the last 2 weeks

Once patients are tested, they are to immediately head home and self-isolate until notified of their test results. MMC will be calling with test results as they are received.The current turnaround time is 5-7 days. This is subject to change dependent upon volume.

“My team has been working tirelessly over the past two and a half weeks to assemble a coalition of partners to provide this needed service for our community,” says Dr. Nicholas Coté, Family Medicine Physician and MMC Board President.“Rutherford County is my home, where my family and friends live, it is very personal and important to me to ensure that my organization is taking all measures possible to ensure the health and welfare of my community.”

MMC’s Drive-through testing would not be possible without a coalition of partners who are supporting this effort. 

Rutherford County Health Department 

Tennessee Department of Health

Murfreesboro City Police

Quest Laboratory

Genetworx Laboratory

The testing site will be accessible off of Carl Adams Drive from Kennedy Drive.There will be no access to Carl Adams Drive from Garrison Drive.

UPDATED March 25, 2020

What you need to know about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

In our community, there have been many questions regarding COVID-19 screening verses testing. Accordingly, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in conjunction with the Rutherford County Health Department, wanted to provide you with the following information and guidelines. 

Screening and testing are different

Screening is defined as answering a series of questions about active symptoms, travel history and possible exposure to a person known to have tested positive for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).  There could also be a brief physical exam involved.

After screening, patients will only be recommended for testing if they meet the criteria recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Tennessee Department of Health.  

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. COVID-19 symptoms are very similar to influenza (the flu) or the common cold. This is why it is required for a medical professional to determine if testing for COVID-19 is necessary. Additionally, it may be necessary for the patient to be tested for the flu or strep throat.

Testing is defined as the actual swab to the patient’s nose. The sample will be collected by a medical professional in full PPE (personal protective equipment – mask, gown, protective eye wear, face shield, etc.).This is for the safety of the medical professional and other patients. Once patients are tested they will be required to go home andself-isolate until notified of their test result, negative or positive, which could take 5-7 days. 

Results are delivered to the medical provider that collected the sample. The laboratory and the medical provider will contact you with your results and instructions.  Do not call for results, both Negative and Positive test results will be called to you by the medical provider that collected the sample. 

Those who don’t meet testing criteria and those who are tested are encouraged to stay home and continue to follow the recommended CDC preventions such as covering coughs and sneezes in your sleeve;not sharing household items such as glasses, dishes and bed linens; cleaning frequently-touched surfaces, like doorknobs and counters; and vigorously washing hands with soap and water frequently. People in these categories should also monitor their symptoms and call their healthcare provider if symptoms worsen or seek emergency care if symptoms become life threatening. 

What if I don’t have symptoms but want to be tested?

When you call your primary care physician or the Rutherford County Health Department, you will first be evaluated to determine whether an in-person assessment is needed and if testing should be done.  Most people do not need a test, particularly those with no symptoms.  If you start to develop symptoms, please call the screening number below at that time. Remember to call before you go!

Additionally, if an immediate family member of yours or someone with whom you have close personal contact on a regular basis is diagnosed with COVID-19, you should remain in self-isolation up to 14 days as there is the possibility that you may contract and transmit the virus. 

Is there a treatment?

In the event you test positive for COVID-19, there are no treatments currently available to treat or prevent COVID-19, but several are under investigation. The best thing that you can do is (similar to treatments for the flu) is remain isolated while also addressing the underlying symptoms.  If you have heard of treatments through social media, friends, family or unaccredited online sources, please ignore and do not take any medication that is not prescribed to you by a licensed, medical professional.

Where Do I Get Answers for My Questions?

People who have concerns about their health should first call their regular health care providers. For Rutherford County residents who have questions, please call your local health department Monday –Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 615-898-7880.  Also, the state hotline number is available daily seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. at 833-556-2476 or 877-857-2945.

What Can the Public Do at this Time?

Follow public health guidance:  Social distancing, stay home if you are sick, and practice good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene.

Patients Privacy Rights and Communicable Disease

Because of patient privacy rights that we are required to protect, we won’t be able to discuss where cases are or where they worked. However, all close contacts during the infectious period of each positive case will be directly contacted by the health department.   Please know that if you have come into close contact with a case the health department will be in touch with you and they will protect your privacy as well.  

UPDATED March 24, 2020

In compliance with Executive Order 18, signed by Governor Bill Lee on Monday, March 23rd, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s SurgiCenter will only be performing a select number of surgical procedures until April 13th. This executive order prohibits elective surgeries in an effort to preserve PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).For those select cases that will be performed, MMC’s SurgiCenter is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate care to all patients. Patients are encouraged to contact their physician for any questions regarding upcoming procedures.

UPDATED March 22, 2020

See below changes to MMC Pediatrics department starting Monday, March 23rd. These changes are being put in place to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to patients, parents, staff and doctors. 

  1. All well-child visits(check-ups), will be in the morning. All currently scheduled afternoon well-child visits will be rescheduled. Staff will be calling parents to reschedule.
  2. All sick visits will be scheduled in the afternoon. MMC Pediatrics is asking all parents to respect this policy. This will help to ensure that our providers are able to take care of both well and sick patients.
  3. Only 2 MMC pediatricians will be rounding at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital nursery each week. It is likely that you will not see your child’s pediatrician at the hospital but patients will be able to schedule follow up appointments with their pediatrician. 
  4. It is encouraged to only have one parent/visitor per child at any visit. All nonessential visitors are encouraged to wait outside of the building or at home.
  5. When entering the clinic, staff and providers may be seen wearing a mask. This is out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to protect our patients and staff.

These changes will be in effect until further notice. Please understand this is a fluid situation and our team of physicians and administration is working tirelessly to protect our patients,staff, doctors and community.

Your Child’s Health is Our Mission.

UPDATED March 20, 2020 

As mentioned in the statement released yesterday, MMC is currently screening all patients and visitors as they arrive for any appointment by asking a short questionnaire and evaluating symptoms. From there, it will be determined if COVID-19 testing is warranted. Resources for testing are extremely limited. As a result, we are only testing those who meet the criteria recommended by the CDC.  

Additionally, MMC’s Internal &Family Medicine and Pediatrics Departments are separating sick and well patients into separate waiting areas to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. MMC’s departments are taking measures to offer more telehealth visits and are modifying the amount of time spent in the waiting areas when possible. Patients should contact their provider (via MMC & Me Online Patient Portal or call) to discuss potential telehealth visits. 

MMC will not be testing for any potential COVID-19 cases over this weekend (3/21 & 3/22). MMC’s Internal and Family Medicine Walk-In Clinic located at 1272 Garrison Drive will be CLOSED Saturday, March 21, 2020. For acute illnesses, please visit one of the MMC Now Family Walk-In Clinics. For a full list of services, hours and locations, visit  

UPDATED March 19, 2020

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is dedicated to the well-being of our well and sick patients. We are working tirelessly to stay current with updates from the Tennessee Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). Currently, we are continuing appointments as normal, however, we are working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by taking the following steps:

  • Currently, we are not routinely testing potential cases of COVID-19. As of today, we are asking all patients and visitors a short questionnaire and evaluating symptoms. From there we will evaluate if COVID-19 testing is necessary. Resources for testing are extremely limited. As a result we are only testing those who meet the criteria recommended by the CDC. Our hope is that in the coming weeks we will be able to provide more broad-based testing to our patients and community.
  • If patients or visitors are symptomatic when they arrive at the clinic for any appointment, lab work or imaging, they will be issued and required to wear a mask at all times. When entering our clinic, staff may be seen wearing a mask. This is a measure put in place to protect our patients and staff.
  • We ask that patients refrain from bringing any nonessential visitors to our clinic. This is for the safety of our patients and staff.
  • Patients who are in a higher risk category age 70 and up, or immunocompromised (weakened immune system) and have previously scheduled appointments or procedures are encouraged to contact their provider (via MMC & Me Online PatientPortal or call) to discuss potential alternative options.
  • MMC is working to rapidly implement telemedicine capabilities. As of today, we have limited capacity to conduct some types of appointments through telemedicine (videoconferencing). Please contact your provider to see if they are able to conduct video visits. This will hopefully be more widespread in the coming days. Note, this will be considered an official visit with your provider.


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    Tips to keep illness from spreading

  • Practice proper hand washing 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Then wash hands.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and contact your primary care provider for further instructions.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly.
  • Practice Social Distancing 
  • Leave home only for essential reasons. Thereby limiting your exposure to others and their exposure to you.

UPDATED March 10, 2020

In compliance with CDC recommendations for minimizing possible exposure to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Murfreesboro Medical Clinic asks patients to review the following:


If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus)


If you are experiencing fever, cough AND shortness of breath AND have recently traveled to CHINA, ITALY, IRAN, SOUTH KOREA or JAPAN,



CALL the Tennessee Department of Health at 877-857-2945,

CALL your primary care provider for guidance, or

GO directly to your local hospital’s Emergency Department only if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

*Based on CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidance dated March 5, 2020.


Much like most clinics in the country, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, does not currently have the means to test, treat, or isolate potential cases of COVID-19(novel coronavirus).

We will continue to update as guidance is released from the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health.


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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter is proud to announce the addition of Lauren Christman, D.O., to its OBGYN Department.

Lauren Christman is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She is skilled in many areas including Robotic Surgery, General & High Risk Obstetrics & Gynecology,Abnormal Cervical Cytology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Contraception &Preventative Care, Infertility, Menopause Management, Pelvic Health, and Endometriosis Management. Dr. Christman graduated Magna cum Laude from Saint Louis University before receiving her medical degree from Des Moines University. She went on to complete her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology through the University of Kansas at Wesley Medical Center.

Dr. Christman is excited to join MMC’s OBGYN Department and to provide care for the patients of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic.

When not working, Dr. Christman’s interests include traveling and touring historical sites.  She also enjoys attending concerts, shows, and Nashville Predators games.  Most importantly, Dr. Christman loves spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephew.

For more information about Dr. Lauren Christman or to make an appointment, visit or call 615-867-8030.

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On November 1, 2019 Denise Flanagan was elevated to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter.

“This promotion was earned over the past several years as Denise has assumed a much larger role in the operations front of MMC,” said Joey Peay, CEO of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. “Denise has been an integral part of our success over the years as she is always willing to take on challenging assignments and assume greater responsibilities. For example, she oversaw our most recent special project –the design and construction of our Shelbyville Pike office.”

Flanagan began her career at MMC 30 years ago in the General Surgery Department. Over those 30 years, she held several roles including receptionist, administrative assistant, office manager and Director of Operations. Now as COO, she is responsible for planning,organizing and directing operational activities in the Clinic’s 19 clinical departments, as well as its ancillary service and support departments.

“I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve been afforded during my career at MMC and am excited to continue to serve in my new role as Chief Operating Officer,” said Flanagan.  “As our community continues to grow, there is not a shortage of exciting challenges ahead as MMC strives to grow with it. I look forward to meeting those challenges head-on.”

Flanagan is a member of Medical Group Management Association, a Nominee of the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a graduate of the 2007 Leadership Rutherford Class.  She served on the Leadership Rutherford Council from 2007-2010 and served for 7 years on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Heart of Tennessee Chapter.  She and her husband, Greg, and their daughter, Kaylee, live in the Lascassas community.

Posted by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic | Topic: News  | Category: News

Tennessee provider seeks to make genomic information easily available at the point of care

Pittsburgh, PA and Chicago, IL – May 7, 2019

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) announced today that Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter(MMC) has selected 2bPrecise™ to support its precision medicine strategy, beginning with pharmacogenomics (PGx) at the point of care. 

The only multispecialty, physician-owned clinic in Rutherford County, TN, MMC became an advocate of genomics and PGx several years ago, with providers ordering molecular tests for select patients to support diagnostic and treatment decisions. They found it difficult to apply genomic insights to medical decisions during patient encounters, however, because test results were not integrated with clinical information or easily available within the EHR workflow.

“We’re deeply committed to providing exceptional care to members of our community,”says Nicholas Cote, D.O., CMIO and President of the Board for MMC. “We recognize that using science to drive medical treatment is infinitely more effective than trial and error. The 2bPrecise platform will help equip our clinicians to identify the best medications for individual patients, achieving better results faster and with fewer side effects. Not only is this good medicine, but it greatly enhances the patient experience as well.”

2bPrecise,a wholly owned Allscripts subsidiary, developed its platform to serve as the final bridge between the science of genomics and clinical application. It consumes data from any lab source or knowledge base and delivers it in an actionable format and vocabulary to the clinical workflow, regardless of the provider’s EHR.

Dr. Cote notes that use of PGx test results in family practice is especially beneficial, as it serves as the “epicenter” of care, with primary care providers supporting the overall management of the patient. Over time,leadership at MMC anticipates expanding to areas of precision medicine beyond PGx. The 2bPrecise solution can serve as the foundation for long-term needs, enabling MMC to help clinicians identify patients at risk for heritable diseases across specialties, arrive at precise diagnoses earlier and ultimately select the best treatment based on the patient’s genetic profile.

Implementation of the platform is underway, with go-live anticipated later this year. 2bPrecise will be integrated with MMC’s current clinical systems, including Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR. Relevant PGx information will be brought to the provider’s attention via the 2bPrecise Genomic EHR Mentor (GEM™), an applet that floats on top of the EHR workflow.

“We’re delighted to partner with Dr. Cote and his team on MMC’s precision medicine strategy,” says Assaf Halevy, founder and CEO of 2bPrecise. “It’s clear that MMC leadership has a long-term vision to leverage innovation for the good of the patient, a mission that aligns closely with 2bPrecise’s corporate values.”

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