Honoring Our Veterans at Covenant Health

At Covenant Health, we are proud and honored to serve our active military and veterans as they have served our nation. We take special care to identify our military patients during the admission process in order to recognize and honor them fully during their treatment at our facilities.

Recognition Programs, Community Partnerships and Careers

Covenant Health knows what it means to support active duty military as well as veterans. We have a number of military recognition programs and partnerships in place so that we can continue to show gratitude to these service men and women.

Military Recognition Program

Covenant Health’s Military Recognition Program identifies, thanks and supports service members who seek care at one of our nine acute-care facilities or who are being served by Covenant HomeCare and Hospice team members. With the patient’s permission, the veteran is presented with a special pin, certificates or other acknowledgement for their military service.

Since the program was implemented in our hospitals in November 2020, more than 23,000 veterans and service men and women have been treated at a Covenant Health hospital. More than 5,000 pinning ceremonies have been performed for our service members during their stay at our facilities.

Pinning ceremonies aren’t limited to hospital facilities. This recognition initiative has been in place for more than eight years at Covenant HomeCare and Hospice, the area’s largest non-profit home health and hospice provider. The organization is a top-tier (Level V) partner with We Honor Veterans, a national awareness and action campaign created to assist veterans in hospice care. As part of the Level V designation, Covenant HomeCare and Hospice is constantly looking for ways to expand services in order to better connect with veterans in the community and to provide specialized care for veterans and their families.

How We Connect With Veterans

Randy Tingle, Chaplain

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center:

“When Cindy Winterberger came to me with the idea of recognizing our veterans in the hospital, I never dreamed it would be as impactful as it has become! Our program reaches out to all hospital patients who have served in the armed forces.

Every veteran, no matter what branch they served, is grateful for the recognition. No matter their feelings regarding their service, they are all thankful for the effort put into our recognition ceremony. Here at FSRMC, everyone who has participated has felt more blessed and impacted themselves than what they feel they have given the veteran!  It is a “feel good” celebration for all involved.”

Betsy Maples, Marketing Manager

Claiborne Medical Center:

“I volunteered to be the military recognition coordinator at Claiborne because honoring our veterans is very important to me. It has been such a blessing to me to recognize our veterans at Claiborne Medical Center.

What surprised me the most when I began doing these recognition services was when I went into the patient’s room and told them that I was there to honor and recognize their military service, many times the patients, who were stoic older men, would burst into tears when I thanked them for their service. More than once I have been told, “This is the first time anyone has thanked me for my service.”

Community Partnerships

We Honor Veterans Program

Covenant Hospice is a proud member of We Honor Veterans. We Honor Veterans is a National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Department of Veterans Affairs initiative that supports veterans and their families during end-of-life care. The goal of the program, to care for and honor those who have served in the military when they reach the end of life. Community partnerships are an essential facet of this program and serve to educate and expand awareness of services and benefits available to veterans and their families during end-of-life care.

Covenant Hospice is a Level V partner which is the highest designation possible, and works hard to maintain that partnership status. Covenant Hospice is only one of two healthcare entities in Tennessee to achieve Level V partnership status.

HonorAir Knoxville

Covenant Health is a proud sponsor of HonorAir Knoxville, a program that has flown more than 4,000 local veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

Veteran Employees

If you are a veteran seeking a sense of mission and purpose in the civilian workforce in a fulfilling, team-oriented environment, we have a place for you! At Covenant Health, you can find all of that and more. As the area’s largest employer, we are proud to employ nearly 400 veterans in clinical and non-clinical settings throughout our system who continue to serve others in our community.

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