The health and safety of our patients is our top priority. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MMC has followed the CDC’s recommendations for healthcare facilities regarding masks. Additionally, OSHA has recently released regulations that instruct healthcare facilities to continue requiring masks. Therefore, MMC will continue to require masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all facilities for all patients and visitors ages 2 and above. Although this may be inconvenient, face masks provide protection for our most vulnerable patients and staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding when visiting our facilities. Your health is our mission.
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is proud to be a partner in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Care. Dana Carter, FNP-C of MMC Neurology is a Multiple Sclerosis Registered Nurse, which means she is specially trained to help patients with MS receive the care they need. Here, she gives some advice for MS patients and answers some questions regarding MS.
When a person is diagnosed with MS, what is very important for him or her to know?
“When it comes to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), education is key. Many MS patients do not realize that some of the mood changes, fatigue and cognitive issues can be directly related to MS changes in the brain. Some symptoms can also be related to medications we use to treat MS symptoms.
I also think that caregiver support is pertinent. Family and close friends need to understand that changes can occur from MS and learn how to better support their loved one through those changes. If a spouse or family members are not aware of potential changes that can result from MS, it can cause severe stress on marriage and close relationships. Many patients develop depression and anxiety. If they do not have a good support system, this makes coping with their disease even more difficult.
I recommend that patients bring a family member to their appointments to help family understand some of the changes that patient is experiencing. Also, please visit the National MS Society’s website for patient/family support resources.”
What does it mean to be “a partner in MS care?”
“It means exactly that! Patients need to feel that they are being heard and that they are not alone in their struggles. It is important to ask patients when they first noticed a specific symptom or when it seemed to get worse. This can help determine if what they are feeling is a direct result of brain changes or may be related to medication side effects. Also, it is important for patients to understand that most MS patients will have symptom fluctuations from day today. They need a reliable resource to ask questions and guide them through the distressing and frustrating symptoms they may be experiencing.”
What is a “pearl of knowledge” for your patients?
“Minor infections, such as urinary infections or viral infections can cause a temporary increase in their MS symptoms. Patients may have a temporary increase in their symptoms during times of increased stress and when they are more fatigued. Your brain and central nervous control all bodily functions and symptoms, so ultimately any new symptom you experience could be related to MS or changes in your CNS. This is why regular visits and discussion with your MS specialist is very important!”
MMC Neurology provides MS diagnosis and second opinions along with ongoing medical and symptom management. We offer physical therapy, self-care education, neuropsychological evaluation, complimentary therapies and more. MMC has all of your expert MS care in one location including state-of-the-art infusion services and radiology services. We work to provide you with the personalized care that you need to live life to the fullest. If you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment, call 615-867-8090 or visit our website.
Under the declared emergency guidelines currently in effect in the State of Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee delegated to local officials the ability to regulate the wearing of facial coverings in their communities. Accordingly, Rutherford County has had a local face covering mandate in effect since late October 2020.
The recently-announced decision by Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron to lift the local facial covering mandate for Rutherford County on March 15 does not affect the rights of individual businesses or organizations to continue to require face coverings to enter their business or facility.
Therefore, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic will continue to require all persons, aged 2 and above, to wear an appropriate facial covering while in any of its facilities. This includes all staff members, patients, visitors or vendors. This requirement is due to our overwhelming concern for patients who are at greater risk of more severe complications from the virus due to their compromised immune systems or other underlying health risks.
Additionally, we encourage all members of the community to continue to practice social distancing and proper hand hygiene while continuing to wear a facial covering whenever you are around others, and especially while indoors. We also encourage the members of our community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at their first opportunity.
In 2011, Bald in the Boro was founded in partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research through a fun day of head-shaving! Over the course of 10 years, local supporters and participants raised $500,000!
We are so thankful for the community's support over the years; unfortunately, this event has come to an end.
"It was a great 10 year run," said Jeremy Harrison, M.D., a Murfreesboro Medical Clinic pediatrician who helped bring Bald in the Boro to Murfreesboro. "We're proud to have raised funds in a way that honored childhood cancer survivors, angels and their families. I just want to thank all of the volunteers, shavees and honored kids that have been part of the experience. I hope we can all find creative ways to GIVE in the coming years as the work of fighting childhood cancer continues."
We encourage you to continue supporting the St. Baldrick's Foundation to help conquer childhood cancers. Visit stbaldricks.org to donate or to find other ways to get involved.
A Special Thank You To:
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic | The Beehive Salon | Lanes, Trains and Automobiles | Shea & Dugger Wealth Advisors
Our Committee Members:
Marshall Campbell | Carrie Fitzgerald | Denise Flanagan | Dawn Harrison | Dr. Jeremy Harrison | Lauren Knox | Jimmy Patrick | Tracy Tucker | Laura VanNorstran
Our Long-Time Supporters:
Long-time volunteers, shavees, honored kids, and supporters who made this event possible.
The physicians of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter(MMC) are proud to announce a new scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a U.S. medical/osteopathic school student from our local region who is also a member of a minority group that is underrepresented in medicine.
In 2020, the physicians at MMC established a charitable foundation to advance its mission to foster continuous improvement in our community’s health. MMC’s Board of Directors developed a Diversity Committee, led by one of MMC’s Vascular Surgeons, David M. Chatman, M.D. Comprised of a diverse group of physicians, the committee set a goal to enhance the diversity of the Rutherford County medical community through the recruitment and development of physicians from minority groups that are typically underrepresented in medicine. These groups include African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native American/American Indian or Alaska natives, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or lower socioeconomic status. One method to achieve this goal was to work through the newly formed foundation to establish a scholarship for minority students on the path to medical school.
The scholarship was inspired by Rutherford County’s own Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund (created by the late Dr. George Smith and Mary Scales), which was created in 1984 to help address concerns regarding the African American achievement gap in the local area.
“Representation matters,” said Dr. Chatman. “There are physical, educational, social, and economic barriers which serve to dissuade diverse students from seeking leadership opportunities and membership within dissimilar communities. Diversity in representation helps to break these barriers down, and helps to normalize and realize the American dream for all Americans.”
MMC has recognized the need to keep up with the growth in our community. Rutherford County has been ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the state and the country. That growth has led to more diversity among our community and patients. MMC’s physicians and leadership have recognized the need to support and foster more diversity among healthcare professionals locally and across our region. Thus the MMC Foundation, Inc. and the scholarship came to fruition at the end of 2020.
“When my wife and I were choosing pediatricians for our children, we thought it would be important to choose a female pediatrician for our daughters so that they could see a woman in such an important role to inspire them to pursue dreams and careers that may not normally be filled by women,” notes Joey Peay, MMC’s Chief Executive Officer. He continued, “As a group, the Clinic’s leadership wanted to assist the members of our community’s minority groups so that their children can see members of the same ethnic group in such prominent positions of leadership in the community. If we can help inspire local minority students to achieve their goal of attending medical school and becoming a physician, the program will have been a success!”Final details and criteria will be available soon. Students interested in applying for the 2021-2022 school year are encouraged to follow MMC’s Facebook page and website for more details and updates.
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic has temporarily opened an additional MMC Now location on the first floor of MMC’s Shelbyville Pike Location to continue to serve our community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We ask that you call us at 615-867-8002 for an estimated treatment time before you arrive. This will allow you to check-in from your smartphone and skip the waiting room. Online check-in WILL NOT be available for this location.
COVID-19 testing is available at this location, in addition to other acute medical services. Please visit mmcnow.com for a full list of services, hours, phone numbers, and other MMC Now locations.
Navigating life in the midst of a pandemic is never where we saw our 2020 headed. As we wrap up this year and count down to a new year, it’s expected that the majority of us will plan resolutions and set goals for a healthier, happier 2021.
While COVID-19 is still a public health crisis, it is not the only health crisis that we face. It is still vital that you do not neglect preventative visits, follow-up appointments, necessary tests and vaccines that are crucial in keeping yourself, your family, and your community safe and healthy.
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic continues to focus on the overall health of our patients by providing a safe environment for in-person care and by expanding our telemedicine capabilities for remote care.
Having a primary care doctor right now is more important than ever. I continue to find underlying conditions on a daily basis which, when detected early, are more manageable or even curable. Rather than waiting until a disease progresses to be difficult to control or even life altering, act preemptively.
It is an opportune time for healthy individuals to start seeing a primary care provider (PCP). Having a PCP comes with many benefits, including quick access to customized, high-quality medical care when you need it most and continued support for your ongoing medical issues. Furthermore, you can build a relationship of trust with your PCP, so you can be treated in the most effective way and are not left to make difficult health decisions on your own.
Being established with a PCP also connects you to various specialties when needed. From women’s care to routine preventive screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, early detection is the key.
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic has a team of skilled physicians who would love to join you on your journey to better health. To schedule an appointment, please visit mmclinic.com or call 615-893-4480.
Internal and Family Medicine
Dr. Gray believes that healthcare is an ever-evolving field with new opportunities for growth. His goal is to help patients better manage their health while also caring for the patient’s overall wellbeing.
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. In honor of this month, we asked MMC Neurologist Dr. J. Blake Kellum, Jr. a few common questions regarding Alzheimer's Disease.
What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?
Dementia is a catch-all term given to any condition resulting in memory loss and cognitive decline, as result of organic disease. Alzheimer's disease is a subset of dementia, and is the most common cause. Other causes include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, B12 deficiency, etc.
What are the early signs of Alzheimer's disease?
The 1st part of the brain involved with Alzheimer's disease is a part of the temporal lobe, referred to as the hippocampus. This structure is responsible for registering of new memories. Therefore the 1st symptom would involve short-term memory, consisting primarily of repeating questions and not remembering what is told to the patient. As the disease progresses, and other parts of the brain become involved, and one might see language disturbance and visuospatial disorientation. Changes in behavior and personality will also become manifest.
What are the causes of Alzheimer's disease?
The biochemical cause is the deposition of amyloid plaques in brain tissue, followed by the formation of tangles within neurons. The precise cause of this is unknown. There is no specific “Alzheimer's gene”, although there may be an association with certain types of biomolecules, such as apolipoproteins. The overall process is multifactorial.
How can family, friends and caregivers provide help for people with Alzheimer's disease?
Most importantly, friends and family can be of most help by being caring, understanding and patient. Consultation with trained professionals is of paramount importance.
If you have any questions, please call MMC Neurology at 615-867-8090 or visit mmclinic.com/neurology.
Most breast cancers happen in women who have no family history of breast cancer, but there are some women who carry genetic mutations - like BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutations -that can increase their risk of developing breast cancer.
If your family history includes any of the following, you may benefit from genetic testing:
- Several relatives with breast cancer
- Any relative with ovarian cancer
- Relatives who developed breast cancer before age 50
- A relative with breast cancer in both breasts
- A male relative with breast cancer
If you think you may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer, you can call the MMC Comprehensive Breast Center at 615-867-8040 and we can work with you to assess your risk and build a plan of action. We can discuss genetic testing with you, help work with your insurance to cover the cost of the test, and create a strategy to manage your risk of developing breast cancer.
Dense breast tissue has been a hot topic over the last several years. Many women are told they have “dense breast tissue,” but what does that really mean?
If you’ve been told that you have dense breast tissue, it means that you have more “fibrous” breast tissue instead of “fatty” breast tissue. The reason this is important is because cancer is more difficult to detect in dense breast tissue. If you’ve been told that you have “extremely dense breast tissue,” your risk of developing breast cancer is increased 4 to 6 times. So, knowing your breast tissue density can help us develop a personalized plan in your breast cancer screening.
How do you know if you have dense breast tissue? In Tennessee, our radiologists are required to send you a letter if they see that you have dense breast tissue on your mammogram.
If you have very dense breast tissue, you may benefit from other screening methods in addition to, or in place of, regular digital mammography. 3-D Mammography, or tomosynthesis, is one tool that we use at the MMC Comprehensive Breast Center to capture a more detailed image of the breast tissue. 3-D mammography reconstructs a 3-D image of the breast by obtaining multiple images of the breast from many different angles. Ultrasound is another important device that we use to help us detect cancer in cases of increased breast density. We also offer breast MRI, which can show very detailed images of the breast and can be helpful, especially in patients whose lifetime risk for developing breast cancer is over 20%.
If you have any questions about breast density or breast-related health, please call the MMC Comprehensive Breast Center at 615-867-8040 or visit mmclinic.com/CBC.