Proudly Supporting Active Military Service Members and Veterans
Covenant Health offers military recognition programs for patients, rewarding career opportunities that fulfill the mission to serve others, and sponsorship of veteran community programs and events. Covenant Health’s military recognition program helps identify veterans as part of the hospitals’ admission process.
Military Recognition Program
Covenant Health’s military recognition program identifies, thanks and supports service members who seek care at our facilities, as well as Covenant HomeCare and hospice. With the patient’s permission, he or she is presented with a special pin, certificates or other acknowledgement for his or her military service.
Since the program was implemented in our hospitals in Nov. 2020, more than 11,000 veterans and service men and women have been treated at a Covenant Health hospital.
In addition to hospital patients, the pinning ceremony and recognition initiative has been in place for more than six 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 continually expands services to better connect with veterans in the community and to provide specialized care for veterans and their families.
How We Connect With Veterans
David Bluford, Chaplain
Parkwest Medical Center:
“This program is very meaningful to our veteran patients. The pinning ceremonies are an opportunity to thank them and acknowledge their commitment at a time when they provided service to others.
We try to boost them up at a time when they may not be feeling too great. It aligns with our overall values to put the patient first. We as chaplains offer spiritual care, so it’s an honor when we don’t just focus on the delivery of medical care, but recognize the spirit of the person.”
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.”
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.”
We Honor Veterans Program
Covenant Hospice is a Level V partner – the highest designation possible – in the
We Honor Veterans program, 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 when they reach the end of life, is achieved through community partnerships to educate and expand awareness of services and benefits available to veterans and their families during end-of-life care.
HonorAir Knoxville, a program that has flown more than 3,700 local veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country.
If you are a veteran seeking a sense of mission and purpose in the civilian workforce in a fulfilling, team-oriented environment, you’ll find it at Covenant Health. 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.