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Family Medicine at Tipton

The mission of the Family Medicine Program of the University of Tennessee at Tipton is to provide high quality, compassionate and culturally appropriate family medicine to meet the needs of communities.

The Family Medicine Center in Covington, Tennessee is a community-based clinic and teaching facility, which is a part of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and UT Medical Group. The center is located 40 miles north of Downtown Memphis in the heart of a small rural community. The Center opened in 1993 and is equipped to handle a variety of medical conditions. There are 14 examination rooms including a procedure suite and a telehealth conference room supported by audio-visual equipment for remote consultation with off-site specialists via the telehealth network. The clinic also has a CLIA-waived laboratory for in-house labs and collections.

The goal of the Family Medicine Center’s staff is to provide a medical home for rural families, which delivers compassionate, patient-centered, high-quality medical care that is technologically enhanced. The staff at the Family Medicine Center cares for patients of all ages and in all phases of the life cycle. We offer office-based minor procedures such as dermatologic surgery and management of the abnormal pap smear. Continuity of care for children and adults is extended locally through the provision of medical services at Baptist Memorial Hospital Tipton and for our patients at Covington Manor Nursing Home.

The objective of the Family Medicine Teaching Program is to provide the medical student and resident physician with the essential knowledge and skills required to practice comprehensive Family Medicine. Special emphasis is placed on training students and residents for practice in rural areas of the United States, where excellence in Family Medicine is needed most. We have medical student and resident rotations, as well as summer research and intern programs offered through the University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine.

Faculty and Staff


outside shot of BMH in Tipton

Office Hours: (closed daily from 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The majority of our visits are scheduled in advance; however, we have acute-care, walk-in appointments available nearly every day.

The rural 108 bed Baptist Memorial Hospital - Tipton allows for a superb experience. There is a new, state of the art surgery suite, new CT scanner, and a full-time laboratory.  We admit patients to the ICU (which has 8 beds), labor & delivery (6 suites), the nursery, and the hospital wards.

Since this is the only hospital in the county, the staff turnover is low, allowing you to work with well-trained and friendly people.  In addition, the other community physicians (obstetrician, pediatrician/neonatologist, cardiologist, surgeons, gastroenterologist, pulmonologist, and neurologist) all participate in the care of our patients.

Last Published: Mar 25, 2019