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!

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

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 […]

A Glimpse into the Future – Preparing Tomorrow’s Healthcare Professionals

With the recent start of the school year, students are beginning new educational experiences – and for many in our region who are preparing for health-related careers, their education includes clinical training at Covenant Health.   In July, Covenant Health and Lincoln Memorial University welcomed 33 medical students to clinical rotations at Covenant Health hospitals. […]

Covenant Health Nationally Recognized by Forbes and US News & World Report

Just a few weeks ago I shared with you that Forbes magazine named Covenant Health to its 2018 list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. Now, just a few weeks later, I am pleased to announce that our health system has received another Forbes designation for this year: we are ranked #44 in the magazine’s […]

Thrombectomy – A Life-Saving Stroke Treatment

When it comes to stroke, time is critical. How quickly can someone recognize stroke symptoms? And how quickly can a stroke patient get life-saving treatment? One life-saving treatment for stroke is thrombectomy, a procedure that uses sophisticated technology and medical expertise to remove the clot that causes a particular type of stroke.   Earlier this year […]

Who is Covenant Health?

Covenant Health’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our community through better health. Our “community” extends from the Smoky Mountains to the Cumberland Gap and west to the Cumberland Plateau, and even beyond the surrounding region. Headquartered in Knoxville, our not-for-profit health system is locally owned and governed by a volunteer board […]

“WeCare” for Our Patients and Employees

There are many reasons that I’m proud to be CEO of Covenant Health, and high on my list is WeCare, our employee giving program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. During a three-month campaign, all employees are invited to support WeCare through personal contributions and participation in fund raising events at Covenant Health facilities. […]

Forbes Diversity Recognition

I was pleased to learn recently that Forbes magazine has named Covenant Health to its 2018 list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. We are one of just three Tennessee companies to make the national list, which includes 250 organizations representing all industry sectors. The designation marks the third year in a row that Forbes […]

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