Fortwood Center’s Dot Stephens Retires After 22 Years

Monday, July 1, 2013
Dorthy “Dot” Stephens
Dorthy “Dot” Stephens

Fortwood Center Senior Vice President of Services, Dorthy “Dot” Stephens, retired Monday after 22 years of dedicated service.

Ms. Stephens began her career at Fortwood Center in 1991 as a therapist. Over the years, she has worked to uphold the Center’s tradition of providing quality and compassionate care to individuals facing mental illness and social challenges. In her role as the Senior Vice President of Services, Ms. Stephens oversaw care for more than 3,000 children, adolescents and adults in the greater Chattanooga community. In April, Fortwood Center officially merged with the Helen Ross McNabb Center. Stephens was instrumental in ensuring a smooth transition for staff and individuals served by Fortwood Center.

Throughout her career, Ms. Stephens was active in her community, always using her leadership position to educate others about the challenges of living with mental illness. She is well-known in her community as a leader in the mental health field. She served as the chair for the Center’s United Way campaigns several times. Ms. Stephens also serves as an adjunct professor in psychology with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in school psychology from UTC.

Ms. Stephens looks forward to enjoying retirement with her husband, Walter Stephens, and spending more time with her family.

Fortwood is a service of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families facing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center begins its 65th year of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 865 637-9711. 



Erlanger's Mobile Health Coach To Visit Several Locations In April And May

Erlanger’s mobile health center not only provides the convenience of health screenings to communities across the region, it has also gives patients peace of mind for better health and access to Erlanger’s cardiology specialists and accredited chest pain center.   Since August 2014, the Erlanger mobile health center has traveled throughout Chattanooga and ... (click for more)

Local Girls Recognized By The American Lung Association For Outstanding Achievements

The American Lung Association in Tennessee will be recognizing the work of five local scholars, published authors, and accomplished philanthropists next month. But these women haven't had a lifetime to build their success. They haven't even graduated from high school yet.  The ALA Young Women of Distinction Award is offered each year to high school seniors who set themselves ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

City Detective Who Was Arrested Twice In 4 Months Is Fired After Internal Affairs Investigation

A city detective who was arrested twice in four months has been fired by Police Chief Fred Fletcher. David Catchings had been charged with DUI last September and then with domestic assault at the end of the year. Police said, "After a complete review of both investigations – which included recommendations from Internal Affairs, the Administrative Review Committee and Officer ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye, Dr. Nassour

About 51 years ago, right after Jim Creel had graduated from the University of Texas and was in Guadalajara for medical school, he was surprised to find a complete stranger sitting on his battered and dusty Volkswagen. “He had seen my Longhorns sticker and was thrilled to find somebody else in Mexico who loved the University of Texas. “That’s when our friendship started and it ... (click for more)