Covenant Health Named A 2021 “Best-in-State” Employer by Forbes

Posted on August 31, 2021

Knoxville, Aug. 31, 2021 — Covenant Health has been named a 2021 Best-in-State Employer in Tennessee by Forbes Magazine. The health system ranked #15 in a list of 80 top employers in the state.

The designation marks the seventh time Forbes has named Covenant Health to one of its “Best Employer” lists since 2016. Forbes also named Covenant Health to previous lists for America’s Best Employers, Best Employers for Diversity and Best Employers for Women. The health system was named a Best-in-State Employer in 2019 and 2020.

“We are very proud that Forbes has included Covenant Health on its Best Employers list for the seventh time in six years,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health President and CEO. “Being recognized by employees as a great place to work is a high compliment. This year’s designation is especially meaningful in light of the continuing challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am extremely proud of our employees for their dedication to our patients. I have personally seen the incredible sacrifices they make each day in order to ensure our patients receive the very best care; it is truly inspiring.”

 “To be recognized as a Forbes best employer speaks volumes and is a testament to the type of workplace we have at Covenant Health. We want our health system to be the first and best choice, not just for our patients and communities, but also for our employees,” said Debi Welch, Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

To determine the Forbes Best-in-State list, research firm Statista surveyed 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Surveys were conducted on a rolling basis from October 2020 to June 2021. The surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions.

Respondents were asked, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. This year, employees were also asked to rate their employers on criteria including safety of the work environment, competitiveness of compensation, advancement opportunities and openness to telecommuting. Statista also asked respondents to identify other employers they would recommend. The final Best-in-State list ranks employers that received the greatest number of recommendations in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.