Patrick Birmingham

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Patrick Birmingham, Vice President of Philanthropy and Government Relations

Patrick Birmingham serves as Covenant Health’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Government Relations, a role he has held since November 2017.  Before joining Covenant Health, Birmingham spent 35 years in media/newspaper publishing, coming to Tennessee as the president and publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2009.  Prior to Knoxville, Birmingham was the president and publisher of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

Birmingham leads the health system’s Office of Philanthropy’s comprehensive development program, including major gifts, planned giving, annual gift campaigns and special event fund raising. The Office of Philanthropy manages five foundations that raise funds for Covenant Health facilities and programs: Fort Sanders Foundation and Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation in Knoxville, Methodist Hospital Foundation in Oak Ridge, Morristown-Hamblen Hospital Foundation in Morristown and the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation in Sevierville.

Birmingham is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with government officials and legislative representatives along with helping align the health system’s policies and plans with government laws, regulations and standards.


Why I work at Covenant Health:

“Prior to being employed by Covenant Health, I served as a Covenant Health board member.  Having access to a robust healthcare system is critically important to the quality of life in a community.  It is equally important to the overall economic development of a community, as it can directly impact the growth of industry, business and the populace of a community.  For me, the choice to join Covenant Health was an easy one.  Why not be part of the largest, best healthcare system in East Tennessee?  In my role, I get to work for a non-profit organization in a capacity that allows me to help others and give back.  It is both a rewarding and fulfilling scenario for me.”