Covenant Health Celebrates Four Milestone Anniversaries

Posted on September 21, 2018

Anniversaries are a time of celebration and reflection, and in 2018 Covenant Health is celebrating four anniversaries, with another on the horizon. I’m pleased to tell you about these milestones:

Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center is observing its 40th anniversary in 2018. The Center is named for the beloved Oscar-winning actress who grew up in Knoxville and survived three strokes. Miss Neal attended the Center’s opening in 1978 and was an inspiring visitor to patients for many years. At PNRC, an outstanding team of professionals provides rehabilitation for stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and other conditions. Like the Center’s namesake, our patients are heroic in their determination to regain strength and independence following disabling injuries and illness. PNRC’s physicians, therapists, nurses and team members have received awards for therapy outcomes and patient satisfaction, and their devoted care of patients and families is unsurpassed.

The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center is located at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, which also has an anniversary on the horizon: In 2019-20 the hospital will have provided care to our region for 100 years. I’ll share more about that celebration in the months ahead.

Methodist Medical Center celebrates 75 years of service this year. The hospital originally was built to care for scientists, engineers, and others associated with the Manhattan Project. It later became an independent organization, and then was affiliated with the Holston Conference of the Methodist Church for many years. After continued growth, Methodist Healthcare System consolidated with Fort Sanders Health System to form Covenant Health in 1996. The first hospital in our state to win a Tennessee Quality Governor’s Award, Methodist offers advanced care in areas like cardiovascular surgery and joint replacement, and has been named a High Performing hospital by U.S. News and World Report.

Roane Medical Center is celebrating its fifth year at its current location in Harriman. The hospital traces its history of community service back to 1939, and became a member of Covenant Health in 2008. A new facility was built in the Midtown area and had its grand opening in 2013. Advanced information systems were incorporated into the construction of the hospital, which offers medical, surgical, emergency and critical care services, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation. Roane Medical Center will welcome the community to a free “Five-Year Fall Festival” celebration on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s front parking lot.

Another anniversary takes place on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park, where the 2018 Race Against Cancer will celebrate its 25th year. This race benefits the outreach programs of Thompson Cancer Survival Center, and has raised more than $7 million for cancer screenings and education for people in underserved areas of our region. The 2018 event is sponsored by Subway and includes 5k, 10k and “walk in the park” options, so runners and walkers of all ages can enjoy a fall afternoon while helping others. I hope you’ll join in this celebration that pays tribute to survivors, honors memories of loved ones, and brings hope to many in our area. You can learn more at

To all of these organizations and programs, my thanks and best wishes – happy anniversary!