Local Hospital Receives Grant

Pulaski, TN— For Immediate Release —The labor and delivery department at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System is pleased to announce they are the recipient of a grant from The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College. The $5,000 grant will be used toward emergency equipment for the department.

The grant was awarded as part of The Turner Center’s new health initiative, the Rural Health Advocacy Network.  The Rural Health Advocacy Network, based on the “Memphis Model” at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN, pairs patients with trained volunteer Advocates who assist in navigating the complexities of the healthcare system, providing non-medical support, assistance, and advocacy while improving the health of the community through education and prevention.  

Rev. Timothy Holton, a pastor in The Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, oversees the Advocacy Network as the Program Manager for The Turner Center.  Prior to entering the pastorate, Rev. Holton worked extensively in healthcare, most recently in biopharmaceutical research and development.  

“Advocacy is already naturally happening,” states Rev. Holton, “and through the Network, we are able to further equip Advocates in ways that help patients participate more fully in their own care.  The response from the local healthcare providers and hospital has been supportive and welcoming, and I am excited to see the Rural Health Advocacy Network’s evolution through these partnerships as we work together to positively impact the lives of our neighbors.”

For more information, please contact Rev. Tim Holton, office phone (931) 424-4107 or email