Precious Prints Project Now Serves All Major Hospital Systems in Knox County

Tennova Health Care in Knoxville is the latest hospital to partner with UT’s College of Nursing to provide the Precious Prints Project to grieving families.

Tracey Herman and Rose Fuller, registered nurses at UT Medical Center, with UT senior Chelsea Hancock.

Tracey Herman and Rose Fuller, registered nurses at UT Medical Center, with UT senior Chelsea Hancock.

The student-led project provides silver fingerprint charms to families who have experienced the loss of a child. Since its creation in 2011, the project has supported more than 350 families.

“The Precious Prints Project now serves all of the major hospitals in Knox County providing, at no cost to the family or hospital, a lasting remembrance of a precious life lost all too soon,” said Lynne Miller, nursing instructor and director of the Precious Prints project.

Staff nurses in the Women’s Care clinic of Tennova Health Care were recently educated by UT’s Student Nurses Association representatives on the project goals and how to obtain a fingerprint. Each fingerprint is crafted into a beautiful charm as a tangible memory for the family.

Other hospitals that support the project include East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Parkwest Hospital, and UT Medical Center.

Each year, UT’s Student Nurses Association hosts a Sprint for the Prints 5K to raise money for the project. The fourth annual Sprint for the Prints 5K will take place October 1.

CONTACT:

Emily Kissel (865-974-2755, ekissel@utk.edu)

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)