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About Covenant Health

From the President and CEO

Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health President and CEO
Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health President and CEO

On behalf of Covenant Health’s executive leadership team and all of our employees and physicians, thank you for your interest in Covenant Health’s facilities and services. If you have chosen one of our member organizations to provide care for you or your family, we appreciate the trust and confidence you have placed in us.

Serving a 23-county area in East Tennessee, our health system includes hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices, and providers of specialty services such as behavioral health, cancer care, home care and rehabilitation. Covenant Health and its member organizations have been recognized both regionally and nationally for quality and excellence patient care. You can learn more about our medical services throughout our Covenant Health website, and you can see a partial listing of our clinical accreditations and recognitions by visiting our Accolades page.

It is my privilege to work alongside the more than 10,000 employees, affiliated physicians and volunteers of Covenant Health. We are the Knoxville area’s largest employer, and we are proud to have been named a “Best Employer” seven times by Forbes.

To provide the best care for our patients and to make our health system the best it can be, all of us at Covenant Health are committed to following our Pledge of Excellence every day:

  • The patient always comes first.
  • Excellence in everything we do.
  • We will make Covenant Health the first and best choice for the communities we serve.

 We are honored to care for our patients, families and communities as we fulfill our health system’s mission: to improve the quality of life in our region through better health.

Jim VanderSteeg
Covenant Health President and CEO

Covenant Health Executive Leadership Team

  • John Geppi, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    John Geppi, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Mike Belbeck, Executive Vice President of Operations
    Mike Belbeck, Executive Vice President of Operations
  • Luke Johnson, Executive Vice President, Physician Enterprise/Ambulatory Services
    Luke Johnson, Executive Vice President, Physician Enterprise/Ambulatory Services
  • M. Douglas Campbell, Jr.-General Counsel
    Doug Campbell, General Counsel

Covenant Health Overview

Covenant Health is a comprehensive, community-owned health system dedicated to improving the health of the people it serves. Established in 1996 by the consolidation of Fort Sanders Health System, Knoxville, Tennessee, and MMC HealthCare System in Oak Ridge, Covenant Health is governed by a voluntary board of directors made up of community leaders and medical professionals.

Covenant Health includes nine acute care hospitals in East Tennessee: Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City, LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System in Morristown, Roane Medical Center in Harriman, Claiborne Medical Center in Tazewell and Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. It also includes Peninsula Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in East Tennessee’s Blount County.

Member organizations also include the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, Thompson Cancer Survival Center, Peninsula (a division of Parkwest Medical Center), Fortress Corporation, Fort Sanders West Diagnostic Center, Nanny’s, Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center, Covenant Medical Group,  and Covenant HomeCare and Hospice. Covenant Health also operates the Fort Sanders Nursing Department, a baccalaureate nursing education program at Tennessee Wesleyan College, in Athens, Tennessee.

Philanthropic affiliates include Fort Sanders Foundation and the Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation in Knoxville, Methodist Medical Center Foundation in Oak Ridge, the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation in Sevierville, and Morristown-Hamblen Foundation in Morristown. Funds raised by the foundations provide services, equipment and other resources for excellence in patient care.

More than 10,000 people are employed by Covenant Health and its member organizations. Working together with nearly 1,500 affiliated physicians, these healthcare professionals deliver quality care to thousands of patients throughout East Tennessee.