Jim VanderSteeg

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Jim VanderSteeg is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Covenant Health, a community-owned health system that provides comprehensive health services in the East Tennessee region. VanderSteeg joined Covenant Health in 2007 and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer prior to being named President and CEO in April 2016.


Before joining Covenant Health VanderSteeg had extensive hospital and health system leadership experience with Memphis-based Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, an integrated healthcare delivery system with hospitals and a network of outpatient facilities in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. He had executive leadership responsibilities for several of the organization’s member hospitals and served as administrator and CEO of 706-bed Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.


VanderSteeg graduated from Memphis State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Fellow in the Health Ethics Trust, the highest individual recognition given by the organization, and has been named to Becker’s national list of “Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know.”

Why I work for Covenant Health:

My ‘why’ statement is simple: I get to make a difference, both in the lives of the people who live in our communities and in the lives of people I work with.