Covenant Health on Forbes Best Employers list

5/25/2017

Forbes magazine named Covenant Health as one of the best employers in the country in its annual “America’s Best Employers” list that included 500 companies from across America. Covenant Health earned the highest spot among the seven large companies based in Tennessee that were included on the list at 38th.

 It also earned the 10th place spot in the hospital and healthcare organizations industry. Covenant ranked above employers including Garmin (No. 46), Kimberly-Clark (48), Microsoft (50) and Johns Hopkins Medicine (65).

In a press statement, President and CEO of Covenant Health Jim Vander-Steeg praised the work of the company’s employees and their dedication to making Covenant Health one of the country’s most well regarded places to work. “Covenant Health is proud to receive the Forbes designation for the second year in a row and to be included in such a prestigious list of national and international companies and organizations,” VanderSteeg said in a news release. “Our employees make a commitment to support our health system’s pledge of excellence, which includes putting our patients first, excellence in everything we do, and making Covenant Health the first and best choice. This commitment creates a workplace environment that instills pride among all of us at Covenant Health.”

Covenant was selected by Forbes as the 50th best midsize employer in America in 2016. Its new ranking in 2017 is a significant step up as the company was competing against global businesses such as Google, Apple and Facebook. VanderSteeg said he was happy to pass the credit for the improvement on to the company’s employees.

“Our employees are essential to our health system’s success and to accomplishing our mission of improving the quality of life in our communities,” he said. “I am grateful for their expertise and dedication and for the compassionate care they give our patients every day.”

Debi Welch, senior vice president for human resources at Covenant, was just as eager to praise the success of Covenant’s dedicated workforce.

“We have some of the best and brightest healthcare professionals at Covenant Health, and we celebrate individual and team performance and shared best practices throughout our system,” she said. “We have a strategic focus on attracting top talent and providing professional development opportunities, beginning with new team members and throughout our employees’ careers. These opportunities help create an outstanding work environment at Covenant Health.”

Six other Tennessee organizations were selected for Forbes’ 2017 list of best employers. Tennessee Valley Authority was the only other Knoxville organization to be recognized on the list and earned a rank of 280th. Other Tennessee businesses featured on the list of best employers include Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare of Memphis, Thomas & Betts of Memphis, FedEx, Logan’s Roadhouse of Nashville and Unum Insurance of Chattanooga.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

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