Covenant Hospitals Named Among State's Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World report has released its annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” naming three Covenant Health hospitals – Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center, and Parkwest Medical Center in Tennessee’s Top 10 for metro areas.

Fort Sanders Regional and Methodist tied for fourth place, and Parkwest was ranked ninth on the Tennessee list. All three were lauded for high performance in a variety of specialties such as gastroenterology and GI surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology, among others. All three hospitals also achieved patient satisfaction levels that are higher than national and state averages.

Among the criteria considered in the U.S. News & World Report rankings are patient safety, outcomes, staffing, and rates of survival. The hospitals also were required to meet any of several criteria including medical school affiliation and teaching hospital status, number of beds, or availability of four or more medical technologies considered important to high quality care.

Tony Spezia, Covenant Health president and CEO, congratulated the hospitals, adding that the number of top Tennessee hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report rankings that are in the greater Knoxville area “demonstrated the outstanding quality of care that’s available in our region.”

For the full list and more on the rankings process, visit

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