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Fertility clinic and embryo donation center opens

Southeastern Center for Fertility and National Embryo Donation Center opened its doors at 11126 Kingston Pike in early April.

The facility, located in the former Hollywood Video, serves as private practice for Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, as well as the only current location of the NEDC.

The NEDC, a 501(c)(3), facilitates and educates communities about embryo donation and adoption.

Keenan’s practice became affiliated with the NEDC several years ago, he said, and now Keenan serves as NEDC’s medical director.

“At that time, that was rare, but we saw a great need for it,” Keenan said.

The NEDC organization has become independent of the groups that helped start it, and other facilities around the country have closed. It’s based in Knoxville.

“We’re in great need of affiliates. Right now, patients have to come here to Knoxville,” Keenan said.

The NEDC recently has been the recipient of several federal grants, about $1.2 million a year, to raise awareness of embryo donation and adoption, according to Keenan.

“We’ve been very fortunate to receive more of these grants than anyone else has in the country,” he said.

“We’ve looked and have not found anyone else in the world doing what we do,” he added.

Keenan, who previously has practiced at Baptist Hospital West, said choosing Farragut as location for his office wasn’t a mistake.

“I think there’s a definite need for it here,” Keenan said.

“This location turned out to be so much better for the patients,” he added.

Keenan was proud to say the NEDC had the highest pregnancy rates of such facilities in the country, and said his office bore that out.

The Clinic features state-of-the art equipment and large, open exam rooms and waiting rooms, all designed to make patients feel comfortable.

The Knoxville location could provide one less stress on local couples with fertility problems, he said.

“Patients in Knoxville still go to Nashville or Chattanooga to have some procedures, such as in vitro fertilization, done.

“And it’s a real shame that we have a Center that is so convenient and has the same or better success rates,” Keenan said.

Keenan, an Ohio native, attended college and medical school and completed his residency and fellowship across the Southeast, finally landing in Knoxville.

“A position opened at [The University of Tennessee] and we fell in love with Knoxville,” Keenan said.

“It’s such a beautiful part of the country. We moved down here 20 years ago and never looked back,” he added.

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