The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative is providing ultrasound machines to Full Circle Medical Center for Women in Athens.
Lawrence Roussell Council 8396 of Athens, with help from a benefactor, pooled monies raised from a pancake breakfast with a matching grant from the Supreme Council Culture of Life Fund to buy a new Esaotate MyLabSigma ultrasound machine with both 2D and 3D capability for Full Circle.
According to Knights of Columbus officials, “Full Circle Medical Center for Women has a strong Christian ethos, not only concerning the dignity and worth of all life, born and unborn, but also venerates the Holy Trinity, the inspired Word of God found in Sacred Scripture together with other core beliefs enumerated in their ‘Statement of Faith.’”
Following a state council meeting of the Knights of Columbus in Tennessee in May of 2018, Pat Schwartz made initial contact with Julie Ladd. Ladd serves as the executive director of Full Circle.
In the fall of 2020, Father John Arthur Orr, pastor of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Athens, was made aware of the need for a new ultrasound machine by Orville Fisher of All Saints Council 15706 of Knoxville. Orr was able to coordinate with Lou Dionne, Grand Knight and Pat Schwartz, Council Faith Director and Faithful Navigator of Assembly 3680, on the initiative.
Diocese of Knoxville Vice Chancellor for Administration Paul Simoneau signed off on the project on Feb. 25. When State Deputy Michael R. McCusker signed off on the project on March 5, he commented that while the average has been one ultrasound machine purchased by the Knights every five years in Tennessee, this may be the sixth machine this year.
The new ultrasound machine should arrive from Italy in early May and will be up and running very soon.