Three Covenant Health Leaders Receive National Recognition

Covenant Swirl Logo

June 2024 – Covenant Health is pleased to have three leaders at member hospitals recognized as “Community Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review: Gordon Lintz, Connie Martin and Jason Pilant. Lintz is the president and chief administrative officer at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, Martin is the president and chief administrative officer at Fort Loudoun Medical Center, and Pilant is the president and chief administrative officer at Roane Medical Center.

Gordon Lintz, president and chief administrative officer of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, headshot
Gordon Lintz, President and Chief Administrative Officer, Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System
Connie Martin headshot
Connie Martin, President and Chief Administrative Officer, Fort Loudoun Medical Center
Jason Pilant head shot
Jason Pilant, President and Chief Administrative Officer, Roane Medical Center

Becker’s Hospital Review, a national publication focusing on hospital business news for healthcare executives, characterizes community hospitals as primarily acute-care facilities that function to bridge the gaps in healthcare. Hospital CEOs recognized on the list are “charged with delivering high-quality, low-cost care to patients in the communities they serve.” They are also responsible for the growth of service lines, directing strategy and maintaining financial stability.  

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, located in Morristown, Tennessee, serves eight counties in the Lakeway region, bringing a multitude of services to the area, including stroke care, primary care, imaging and diagnostics, and women’s services. Lintz has been the president and chief administrative officer of the hospital since 2012 and has focused on improving access to high-quality healthcare and recruiting more physicians to the area. He is involved with several local organizations and works with them to identify healthcare needs of the community and opportunities for health education.

Fort Loudoun Medical Center, located in Lenoir City, Tennessee, has more than 90,000 patient encounters annually. It offers comprehensive medical care covering 29 specialties, including stroke care, imaging and diagnostics, gastroenterology and surgical services. Martin has served as the president and chief administrative officer since 2022 and most recently has helped gather support and funding for an upcoming expansion of the critical and intensive care units, as well as the emergency department. She is very involved in the community, creating health education series, investing in prospective medical students and aiding in physician recruitment.

Roane Medical Center, located in Harriman, Tennessee, offers a range of services, including stroke care, critical care, therapy and rehabilitation services, cardiac care and sleep disorder treatment. Pilant has served as the president and chief administrative officer since 2017, overseeing hospital operations and business plans. His focus on creating a “patient first” culture has led to improvements in patient safety and the establishment of best safety practices. He also works with local community groups and leaders to promote the healthcare services and other health resources available at the hospital.

To view the full list, visit

Covenant Swirl Logo
About the Author

Covenant Health

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Covenant Health is a community-owned, healthcare enterprise committed to providing the right care at the right time and place. Covenant Health is the area’s largest employer and has more than 11,000 compassionate caregivers, expert clinicians, and dedicated employees and volunteers.

Covenant Health