Cumberland Medical Center recently observed its fifth anniversary as a member of Covenant Health. The medical center joined the health system in early 2014.
Community leaders and representatives from CMC and Covenant Health were on hand to commemorate the occasion. Speakers at a fifth-anniversary luncheon included David Bunch, president and chief administrative officer of Cumberland Medical Center; Jim VanderSteeg, president and CEO of Covenant Health; Allen Foster, mayor of Cumberland County, and James Mayberry, mayor of the city of Crossville. Rolf Weeks, CMC volunteer chaplain liaison, gave the invocation.
As a member of Covenant Health, Cumberland Medical Center has grown, “both in size and in services for the community,” Bunch said.
A non-for-profit health system, Covenant Health invests earnings into facilities, services and programs for the communities it serves. The health system has invested more than $50 million in Cumberland Medical Center during the past five years.
These investments have included expansion of Cumberland Medical Center’s emergency department, a $6.3 million project completed in 2016, along with relocation of the main entrance and outpatient services to make patient access easier. The surgery and intensive care areas have been renovated, and other facility upgrades include new tile, paint, and most recently, signage that identifies Cumberland Medical Center as part of Covenant Health.
Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO, said that when Cumberland Medical Center’s leaders were looking for a partner organization for the medical center, they recognized a shared community mission with Covenant Health.
VanderSteeg said the health system’s goal is to provide excellent care in local communities. When patients need specialized care that may not be available locally, they have access to the resources of Covenant Health. For example, Cumberland Medical Center is part of Covenant Health’s stroke hospital network, and is participating in a pilot tele-nephrology program (for kidney disease and conditions). Both are examples of making advanced care available to local residents.
Bunch recalled that when he joined Covenant Health, he was especially gratified to learn from former CMC chief administrative officer Jeremy Biggs that Covenant Health’s priority was patient care. He said Cumberland Medical Center leaders have been “on a journey to excellence,” in support of Covenant Health’s vision.
“This has been a win-win,” VanderSteeg said. “It’s been a win for this community, for the hospital, and for Covenant Health.”