Honoring Turkey Creek Medical

  • Wanda Crider, left, chief quality officer, and Travis Simons, chief nursing officer - Michelle Hollenhead

  • Tennova Turkey Creek Medical staff enjoying ice cream treats thanks to the Town of Farragut’s generosity, included, from left, Kenna Major, registered nurse, and her son, Lucas Major; Jeni Stephens, RN; Jennifer Moon, RN, her daughter, Kristin Wyrick, CNA, and, in front, her granddaughter, Macie Wyrick. - Michelle Hollenhead

  • Dr. Adam Buzzerd, left, and Physician’s Assistant Steven Zurlinder, respond to remarks during the Town’s celebration. They are standing alongside one of about 50 hand-made signs contributed by Farragut students and residents to thank the staff. - Michelle Hollenhead

  • Farragut Mayor Ron Williams, right, and Alderman Drew Burnette. - Michelle Hollenhead

  • Eric Broyles, owner/operator of Sof-T-ee-Serve Ice Cream, serves a cone to Calvin Daulton, who works in health information management at Turkey Creek Medical Center. - Michelle Hollenhead

  • State Sen. Dr. Richard Briggs, left, (R-District 7) and State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R-District 6) attended the Turkey Creek Medical Center celebration. - Michelle Hollenhead

  • Tennova Turkey Creek Medical employees Crystal Merritt, left, and Rebecca Arnett. - Michelle Hollenhead

  • Farragut Assistant to the Town Administrator Trevor Hobbs brought his children, Jack, 3, and Hailey, 7. - Michelle Hollenhead

Officials turned out in force Thursday, May 7, to honor, thank and recognize the hardworking staff

at Tennova Healthcare Turkey Creek Medical Center. Farragut Mayor Ron Williams read a proclamation honoring nurses, doctors and support staff who have been working through the COVID-19 crisis.

Additionally, more than 50 handmade signs, thanking the staff for their dedication, lined the driveway and dotted the grounds, and Town officials also provided the services of an on-site soft-serve ice cream truck during lunch hours.Thursday’s date also connected both National Nurses Week, commemorated May 6-12, and National Hospital Week, held May 10-16.

Tony Benton, Tennova Healthcare East Market CEO, kicked off the brief ceremony, which brought together staff and elected officials at the east entrance of the facility. “Hospital Week has a deeper meaning this year as we come together to celebrate our work to care for patients,” Benton said. “While we’ve always known it, COVID-19 has made it crystal clear just how vital teamwork is to our success and how important our hospital is to the health of our community.”