Satellite Med Vision

Satellite Med was founded in 2003 by Dr. James Cates, M.D. After practicing medicine for many years, Dr. Cates was frustrated by the modern day healthcare system. He believed many aspects of the system were broken and prevented the physicians from practicing to their full potential and treating patients appropriately.  Dr. Cates continued to see healthcare costs rise as the quality of care and patient satisfaction declined. Being a strong Christian, Dr. Cates began to go to the Lord, The Great Physician to seek new answers. The Lord began to reveal answers and a plan. Stepping out in faith he began to follow the path reveal to him by the Lord. 

As a result of his faithfulness, Dr. Cates and his dedicated wife, Connie, established Satellite Med. The Lord led them to Dr. Matthew Bolton, and Dr. Marilyn Vermeesch. They began to work earnestly to establish Satellite Med. Their goals were to have a medical facility based on Christian principles,  while utilizing cutting-edge technology, to deliver quality healthcare to the community, using the best of evidence based medicine, offering multiple services at one central location to make quality healthcare affordable to everyone. 

In January 2006, the physical clinic was built in Cookeville, Tennessee. After several months of setting up, the doors opened on April 7, 2006. The business model of Satellite Med was new to healthcare providers, patients, and employers. It did not take long for the new model to catch on and the community to start visiting Satellite Med. During the first two years of operation, over 32,000 patients visits were made to Satellite Med.

The owners and employees continue to focus on the Lord and their commitment to serve the community. Together, everyone strives daily to improve the healthcare system and deliver quality healthcare to all of our patients. 

As Satellite Med grows, the prayer is to bring the new  healthcare model  to communities everywhere as the Lord leads. We continue to pray and believe that God will open the hearts of those He wants involved and close the hearts of those he does not. 


Satellite Med Mission Statement

The Satellite Med team is based on Christian principles, focusing on service to our neighbors. Our purpose is to positively impact the health of our patients by improving the quality and affordability of healthcare using evidence-based medicine and innovative technology. Satellite Med strives to improve the healthcare system by working together with patients to drive traditional medicine into the 21st century. 

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides us, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. 
 1 Peter 4:11NIV