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Covenant Health Leaders Receive Awards

Posted on December 13, 2016

Two Covenant Health leaders have received honors for service to healthcare and their communities at recent awards celebrations.

            Anthony L. (Tony) Spezia, CEO Emeritus of Covenant Health, received a 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association at the organization’s 78th annual meeting, held recently in Nashville.

            Spezia was honored for 25 years of healthcare leadership and more than 15 years of service as Covenant Health’s president and CEO. During his tenure the health system expanded facilities and services throughout East Tennessee and was regionally and nationally recognized for quality, patient outcomes and health system integration.

            Mike Belbeck, Covenant Health executive vice president of operations, received a THA 2016 Meritorious Service Award in the chief executive category. Belbeck was recognized for his leadership at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, where he served as president and chief administrative officer for more than eight years. He was honored for his impact on the culture, quality and financial performance at Methodist, and for his development of a daily patient safety briefing process that is now used as a best practice throughout Covenant Health.

            Belbeck also recently received the Muddy Boot Award, given for community leadership by the East Tennessee Economic Council. The award gets its name from the muddy streets that existed in and around Oak Ridge while the city was being built as part of the Manhattan Project. The award was created in the 1970s to honor individuals who have made their community, the state of Tennessee and the nation a better place to live and work. Jan McNally, Covenant Health leader and Belbeck’s predecessor as chief administrator of Methodist Medical Center, presented his award.