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Precious Prints pendant modeled by Lola Alapo. Photo by Shawn Poynter.
Precious Prints pendant. Photo by Shawn Poynter.

The Precious Prints Project, an initiative of the UT College of Nursing’s Student Nurses Association that offers free fingerprint charms to families who have lost a child, recently welcomed four more East Tennessee Covenant Health hospitals to its volunteer network.

“It is exciting to see this project grow. We’re looking forward to bringing a message of compassion to many more families struggling with the loss of a child,” said Lynne Miller, an instructor in the College of Nursing and director of the Precious Prints project.

The Covenant Health hospitals joining the initiative are Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, and Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.

Covenant Health’s two Knoxville hospitals, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Parkwest Medical Center, have participated in the project since 2015 and have provided more than 100 prints for patients. Precious Prints has offered 750 keepsake prints to families area-wide since the program began.

“Covenant Health is honored to be a partner with Precious Prints,” said Debbi Honey, the health system’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “The unique keepsakes are priceless to families, and participating in this special program is one way we put our patients first, offering support during a devastating time in their lives.”

With these new partners, 10 East Tennessee hospitals—including six in Knoxville—now participate in this UT philanthropic project.

On September 29 the initiative celebrated its sixth annual Sprint for the Prints race, a 5K organized by the Student Nurses Association to raise funds and buy the necessary materials to make the prints.

Sprint for the Prints had more than 250 registered participants, including teams representing student groups, nurses from area hospitals, and families there to honor the life of their child.


Andrea Schneibel (, 865-974-3993)