While the first day of Summer is recognized on June 21st, it is hard to deny that all the warm feelings of all that is Summer have arrived. June is a time of celebration for many with friends, family, churches, and neighbors. Whether you have a special trip planned or sticking close to home, we wish you all a happy Summer!

Help us jump start the celebration of all Fathers during our Father’s Day Bingo-Fit on Friday, June 14th @ 2:00p in the ground floor dining room. Also, the Life Enrichment Dept. at “The Fort” will be hosting the Resident Quarterly Birthday Party @ 2:00p in the dining room. This birthday party will honor residents who have birthdays from April – June!

Attention NHC Families and Partners! If you know anyone who has a little extra time on their hand and would like to volunteer at “The Fort”, please have them contact Carla Kinser, Life Enrichment Director, via phone: (865) 525-4131 (ext. 116) or via email: carla.kinser@nhccare.com. There are many ways to volunteer at our center whether it’s assisting with a group activity, helping with our dining program, delivering mail, visiting with residents 1:1, etc. We’re sure we can find an interest for you that not only meets our needs but fulfills your purpose in how you can help others.

NHC Fort Sanders would like to say thank you to NHC Partners and Families who made NSNCW 2024 fun, festive, and exciting! Thanks to many partners whose enthusiasm made it colorful and entertaining for us all as they dressed up daily to honor music throughout the decades and the Golden Age of Radio Heroes. A special thanks to our families who dedicated songs to their loved ones for us to deliver singing telegrams, especially to SW Shalonda Turner, who knew how to turn up the volume with her outstanding voice as she sang songs with multiple residents throughout the center. Also, would like to give a “Shout Out and Congratulations” to the following Nurses, CNAs, and Partners of the Year at The Fort who were announced during NSNCW at our Nurse/CNA/Partner Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 17th: Lakisha Campbell (LPN), Anthony Lowe (LPN), Tyeneshia Barger (CNA), Jace Bocskovitz (CNA), Tiffany Brown (CNA), Mario Hopkins (CNA), Jermaine Jamison (CNA), Dominique McKinney (CNA), Omega Taylor (CNA), Scott Daniels (Central Supply), April Dean (Dietary), Shannon Newport (LPTA), & Marcus Valentine (Housekeeping). Thank You Nursing and NHC Partners for all your outstanding work and TLC you continue to give to our residents, families, and fellow partners!


Father’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than firing up the grill and treating Dad to a mouthwatering feast? This year, skip the store-bought sauces and whip up something truly special with our exclusive recipe for Tangy Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce. Packed with flavor and sure to please even the most discerning of taste buds, this sauce is guaranteed to take your Father’s Day BBQ to the next level. 


  • 1 cup ketchup 
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey 
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • Salt to taste 


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients: ketchup, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, bourbon whiskey, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, smoked paprika, onion powder, black pepper, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly and the flavors meld together.
  5. Once the sauce reaches your desired consistency, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  6. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more salt or pepper to suit your preferences.
  7. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar or bottle and let it cool completely before using.
  8. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


At NHC, we understand the complexities and challenges that come with being a family member of a loved one with Alzheimer’sCheck out our latest blog post Navigating the Journey: Supporting Yourself as a Family Member of an Alzheimer’s Patient at Our NHC Center. We provide invaluable insights, practical tips, and resources to help you navigate this challenging journey while prioritizing your own well-being. From educating yourself about the condition to building a strong support network, prioritizing self-care, seeking professional help, and staying connected with your loved one, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Join us as we explore effective strategies and compassionate support for families affected by Alzheimer’s. 

NHC Service Award

Congratulations to Jim Thompson for receiving the 2024 NHC Service Award Winner for his outstanding contributions and dedication to our patients, residents, and partners.   Our company recognizes a volunteer each year whose service has truly made a difference in the community.   
If you feel inspired by Jim’s achievement and are interested in volunteering with NHC, please let us know. Your involvement can also have a significant impact!   Volunteer With Us! 


Happy CNA Week! We deeply appreciate our incredible CNAs for their dedication and compassion in providing exceptional care. Families, please join us in thanking our CNAs for all that they do!