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Tennessee Football Legend Lee North Undergoes Two Knee Replacements

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Congratulations, Susan Starnes Brown! One Of The First Athletes In Tusculum’s History To Have Jersey Retired!

Ralph Horne and Susan Starnes Brown Tusculum Basketball Number Retired from Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics on Vimeo.

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Knoxville Medical Mission Foundation Preparing for another trip to Guatemala

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Knoxville Medical Mission is a team of volunteer surgical partners who travel to Antiqua, Guatemala annually to provide life-saving and life-changing medical care to the adults and children in this impoverished area. Our mission team performs nearly 200 surgeries and 500 clinic visits during our two-week stay. We treat children with club feet and hip dislocation. We treat adults with total knee and shoulder arthroscopies, fractured bone repair, and numerous other surgical, gynecological and urologic procedures. Our mission is solely supported by donations. Our team of doctors, nurses, scrub techs and interpreters donate their time and also, pay their travel expenses. Your donations help provide surgical equipment, gloves, drugs, surgical implants, dressings, IV fluids, and braces.

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Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics Appoints New Medical Director

P. Merrill White III, MD

P. Merrill White III, MD

Today, Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics, one of the largest orthopedic groups in the state, announced the appointment of P. Merrill White, III, MD, as Medical Director beginning January 1, 2018. Dr. White, a surgical spine specialist, has been practicing medicine in East Tennessee for 22 years. In his new role as Medical Director, Dr. White will be responsible for leading the overall clinical vision, strategy and medical oversight for the group.

“Healthcare is a unique and constantly shifting entity and it’s important to have a qualified, educated and involved professional working with our doctors and other providers to stay ahead of the trends,” says CEO Earl Anderson.” We look forward to Merrill’s input and direction.”

Tennessee Orthopedic Clinics has 23 surgeons practicing at our 9 locations in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Crossville, Sevierville and Lenoir City, providing orthopedic spine, foot, ankle, hand, elbow, shoulder, knee, joint replacement and fracture care. 

Board certified physician, Dr. Merrill White, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. During his residency through the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, he was named chief resident. Dr. White later served as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. His training and expertise in spinal surgery were further refined during a fellowship in Adult Spine Surgery at the Rothman Institute and Jefferson Hospital, both in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. White’s numerous professional associations include memberships in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the Knoxville Orthopedic Society, and the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society.

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Work Injury Seminar Event

The Physicians of Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics Invite You to the Work Injury Seminar at the Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farms, Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 PM.

It will be an evening of dinner and a panel discussion with experts regarding occupational health, work comp medical treatment and rehabilitation, and the most current information regarding the legal issues in the work environment.

Please send your questions for the panel discussion to so we may address the issues most concerning to you.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 19, 2017 
Space is limited for this free event.
List event, your name, organization, phone number & number attending
or Phone: 865.694.0062, ext. 2301

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Tina Ellis Celebrates 25 Years at TOC

056Described by friends as a sweet, bashful, hard worker, Tina Ellis began working at Oak Ridge Orthopedics 25 years ago. It was October 1989 when she first started in the file room. After a few months, she was mentored by co-worker Jane Hartman, who taught her everything there was to know about coding.

“I learned more from her than any school could’ve ever taught me, says Tina.

Today, she continues her work as a coder.  Tina ensures all patient visits are coded correctly before they are sent to the insurance companies to be billed.  This is a critical step in our efforts to maintain patient care as a top priority. Tina, along with other coders, works diligently to ensure that the insurance companies are billed correctly the first time – and we all know the importance of that!

054When you’ve been with a company for as long as Tina has, you meet so many people and witness many changes. Tina tell us, “Through the years the doctors have come and gone, but I’ve loved working for all of them and miss seeing them on a daily basis.”

Recently, Tina was relocated from the Oak Ridge office to the Central Billing Office in Knoxville. It was a tough move for her after all those years, but she did so willingly and is already an invaluable addition to the staff at the CBO.  “The thing I love most about my job is the people I work with- many are more like family members than coworkers, and each one is very special to me.”

A quiet, unassuming woman, Tina’s dedication and commitment span to her personal life in an unexpected way!

“I love Dale Earnhardt Jr., and follow NASCAR closely.  Except for rain-delayed races that have been made up on Mondays while I’m at work, I probably haven’t missed watching a race live in 13 or 14 years.  One of my favorite days of the year is Bristol Spring qualifying day, when I get to go and watch the drivers go around in circles in person.”

TOC is very fortunate to have dedicated, caring people like Tina Ellis on staff. But we could lose her if Disney continues to expand.

“About the only other place I’d like to live is Alaska- and only then if Disney World was relocated there!”

Let’s hope that never happens! Congratulations Tina on a job well done!

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Dr. Robbin’s Medical Mission to Haiti

It’s because there is a need. It’s because of the desperate poverty. It’s because of his compassion for others and his passion for healing that Dr. Randall Robbins makes the trek to Haiti each year.

Since 2003, Dr. Robbins has been working with St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its Twinning Program to bring much needed medical aid to the Haitian Parish St. Louis Du Nord.

Currently, they have placed two full time nurses in two clinics that provide basic medical care year round to the people living in nearby villages. They treat everything from malnutrition to infections. Dr. Robbins occasional performs basic surgery.

Why has he been doing this for over 11 years? “It’s because we are making a difference,” he says.

To help raise much needed funds for the purchase and delivery of essential medicines and supplies, Robbins also participates in the annual St. Mary’s 4 Mile Haiti Run for Health. This event is held in May in Oak Ridge and is instrumental in keeping this important medical mission funded.

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Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics’ Featured Employee August 2014

Colin HeenanHe grew up and attended school in Michigan, obtaining his Masters in 2003, but Colin Heenan would travel to 46 states and eight countries before landing in Knoxville at Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics.

His interest in athletic training began when he participated in an internship at Western Michigan University. “I enjoyed being able to help athletes. I quickly realized that an athletic trainer wasn’t just limited to taping ankles. It’s a field of medicine based on injury prevention. That was intriguing to me.”

Colin started at TOC in 2006 providing medical coverage for the University of Tennessee Intramurals and Club Sports, as well as assist with patient care at TOC’s Fort Sanders Regional location.

“TOC is the medical provider for UT RecSports. I have an athletic training room at the Student Rec center on campus, as well as, the new RecSports Fields off of Sutherland Ave.  I am there evenings during the week to cover IM games and club practices, and weekends for home club events such as soccer, rugby, hockey, and lacrosse.”

As TOC’s Sports Medicine Coordinator, he is also responsible for overseeing and coordinating the medical coverage that TOC provides to local high school, college, and community teams. His staff includes five full time and several part time Certified Athletic Trainers.

Colin’s interests include running marathons. He has run six total as well as a 300 mile team trail race across Michigan seven times.

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Merrill White named by Becker’s Healthcare in their 2014 235 Spine Surgeons to Know

P. Merrill White III, MD

P. Merrill White III, MD

Chicago — Becker’s Healthcare congratulates all members of the 2014 “235 Spine Surgeons to Know” list. The list features spine surgeons from around the country and highlights their leadership roles and professional accomplishments. Surgeons were selected for this list based on their professional experience and role in advancing the field.

Many surgeons featured in this list are founders and presidents of private practices. Others are hospital and health system department leaders. They conduct research in addition to their clinical practice and have published and presented on their findings nationally and internationally. Several surgeons on the list also hold leadership positions with large national societies, associations and organizations.

Additionally, prominent spine surgeons on the list are active in:

  • Developing and innovating in the device space
  • Serving on the board of directors for local and national companies and organizations
  • Treating professional and youth athletes
  • Organizing charitable care trips abroad
  • Serving in the United States Military
  • Instructing other spine surgeons
  • Heading political and patient advocacy efforts

Members of the list were selected based on editorial research after publicly soliciting recommendations. Surgeons do not pay and cannot pay to appear on this list. Direct questions and comments about this list to Becker’s Spine Review Editor-in-Chief Laura Dyrda at

Becker’s Spine Review is a Chicago-based online and print publication focused on news and analysis of the business and legal issues related to spine surgeons and practices. The publication includes electronic newsletters, additional web content and a quarterly print publication sent to spine surgeons and practice decision-makers across the country.

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Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics’ Featured Employee July 2014

hope1She’s a bit shy, but always smiling. Quiet, but very determined. Our Spotlight Employee this month is one of those people that everyone enjoys being around.

Working at the front desk, Hope Justice has been with TOC Parkwest for over 6 years. She understands the importance of first impressions and works to make sure each patient is greeted professionally and promptly.

Co-worker Amy Selby says, “Hope is always willing to go above and beyond her job duties to help anyone. She is wonderful with our patients and always has a smile.”

“I can’t say enough good things about Hope. She is always friendly and caring to everyone who walks through the door, whether it’s a patient or someone who is lost and needs directions. She is a great co-worker and friend,” says Sherry McAbee.

We thank you, Hope, for your positive attitude and ability to brighten the mood of others around you. We are proud you are part of our TOC family! Congratulations!

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Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics’ Featured Employee June 2014

tracy kTOC’s June Employee Spotlight focuses on an associate that has been with our company for over 27 years. Tracy Kennard has spent those years helping to make our patients’ experiences the best they can be.

Working as an x-ray technician, Tracy currently works at our Oak Ridge location. Her co-workers have nothing but praise for her. They tell us she has a ‘heart of gold’ and that ‘she is always thinking of others’.

Her charitable nature is evidenced in events she participates in. Her most recent example was participating on TOC’s Mud Run team to benefit Knoxville’s Habitat for Humanity. And if you know what a mud run is, you know it takes a lot of grit to get through those courses!

Her good friend, Andrea Thursby tells us why she respects Tracy. “She is one of the most loyal and dependable people I know, but the thing that impresses me most about Tracy is that she always puts her family first.”

tracyOn a personal note, Tracy is also very artistic. She enjoys making baskets and wreaths in her spare time. Andrea Thursby, says, “She can take anything and make it into something beautiful. She is one of the most creative people I’ve ever met.

tracy2Because of her work ethic and quality of character, Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics is proud to call Tracy Kennard one of our own! Congratulations, Tracy on being June’s Employee Spotlight.

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Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics’ Featured Employee April 2014

lydiaSome of our best employees never see a single patient. These folks work behind the scenes helping to keep each of TOC’s clinics running smoothly. Our Employee Spotlight shines on one of these remarkable individuals, Lydia Palmer, who works in the Central Billing Office in Accounts Payable.

Part the TOC family for nearly 15 years, Lydia, described as “having a heart of gold”, understands that her vendors’ livelihoods depend upon the prompt payment of each invoice. Her efficient and organized methods are a testimony to that understanding.

lydia2Her hard work and attention to detail does not go unnoticed. Co-worker Pat Wilson says, “I don’t think I can say enough good things about Lydia’s work.  She is absolutely dedicated to getting everything paid correctly and on time and getting every detail right.  She is always professional and pleasant when talking to both vendors and TOC employees and will go out of her way to provide any information requested.   She is a great co-worker and I have really enjoyed working with her the last ten years.”

Elaine Hauk goes on to say, “She processes a huge volume of clinic and physician payables each month. She is very conscientious in coding invoices to the right locations, departments, and individuals. This is the foundation of having accurate financial statements.”

It’s not always the folks on the front lines making a difference! Lydia Palmer, Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics is proud to have such a devoted and outstanding employee on our team!

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