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Full Circle

Full Circle is a blog by Jim VanderSteeg, President and CEO of Covenant Health.  Read our CEO's thoughts about health care, leadership and other topics, as well as his updates about Covenant Health and our member organizations. Blog messages will be posted regularly, or you may subscribe to Full Circle by email - simply use the online subscription form on this web page. Thank you for visiting Full Circle!


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  • New Imaging Services

    New Imaging Services

    If you’re like most shoppers, when you get ready to make a major purchase, you look for information – and these days, most people look online. In years past, health care was different. Patients went where their physicians or insurance plans directed them, and the ability to compare and purchase specific healthcare services was almost […]

  • Price Transparency

    Price Transparency

    You may have heard or seen in recent news articles that beginning January 1, 2019, all U.S. hospitals were required to post a listing of their “standard charges” on their websites. This is a new requirement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which regulates many aspects of healthcare operations in the U.S. […]

  • The Call to Serve Others

    The Call to Serve Others

    During the past several weeks, our country has mourned the loss of George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States. Many prominent leaders have expressed their respect for former President Bush as they reflected on his more than 70 years of public service as a Naval aviator, ambassador to the United Nations, head of […]

  • A Season of Gratitude

    A Season of Gratitude

    As I think about last week’s Thanksgiving feast and celebration, I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed a fun and meaningful holiday with family and friends. I would like to share with you a few of the things that are at the top of my “gratitude list” this year: I am thankful for family […]

  • Count on Covenant Health

    Count on Covenant Health

    You may have seen recent announcements about the closing of Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville and Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown, effective December 28, 2018. This is a significant transition that affects not only the patients of these facilities, but also their physicians and the hospitals’ employees.   Healthcare is indeed in transition in our […]

  • Making Mental Health a Priority in Our Region

    Making Mental Health a Priority in Our Region

    In this edition of Full Circle, I’d like to focus on a service that is a very important part of Covenant Health and our communities: Peninsula, the behavioral health division of Parkwest Medical Center. Peninsula has long been an important provider of behavioral services in our area. Our inpatient and outpatient mental health resources have […]

  • Celebrating Our President’s Excellence Awards

    Celebrating Our President’s Excellence Awards

    A couple of weeks ago we celebrated a very special event at Covenant Health: our annual presentation of the President’s Excellence Awards. These awards recognize outstanding individual employees and team projects that have improved patient care and lowered operational costs. We focus on performance that demonstrates Covenant Health’s Pledge of Excellence: putting patients first, excellence […]

  • Covenant Health Celebrates Four Milestone Anniversaries

    Covenant Health Celebrates Four Milestone Anniversaries

    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 […]