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Covenant Health CEO and LeConte CAO Recognized in National Healthcare Leadership Lists

Posted on December 28, 2017

Two Covenant Health leaders, including LeConte’s Gaye Jolly, have been named to national health system and hospital leadership lists by Becker’s Hospital Review, a magazine which covers business news for hospital and health system executives. 
Jim VanderSteeg, president and CEO of Covenant Health, was named to the publication’s 2017 list of “183 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOS to Know.” According to Becker’s, the men and women on the annual list lead some of the largest and most successful nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. The Becker’s Healthcare editorial team accepted nominations and selected leaders for the list. 

Becker’s noted that after VanderSteeg assumed his CEO role in 2016, he subsequently revised and expanded Covenant Health’s vision statement and created a new pledge of excellence for all employees, physicians, board members and volunteers. He developed and implemented a CEO communications initiative that includes written articles, videos, informational meetings and roundtable discussions with employees and physicians. The publication also noted that Forbes named Covenant Health as one of “America’s Best Employers” in 2016 and 2017.
Jay Fitzsimmons, chairman of the Covenant Health board of directors, extended congratulations to VanderSteeg on the board’s behalf “for being recognized as one of the outstanding health system leaders in the nation.”
Gaye Jolly, president and chief administrative officer at LeConte Medical Center, was named to Becker’s 2017 list of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” The list recognizes women health system executives at facilities ranging from small critical access hospitals to multi-state health systems. Becker’s editorial team accepted nominations and selected honorees based on an evaluation of their career accomplishments and management and leadership skills. 
Becker’s noted that Gaye Jolly “is respected for her ability to lead change and facilitate process improvements.” She was appointed CAO at Roane Medical Center in 2012 as the hospital prepared to move from an older facility to a newly constructed 54-bed hospital. The move included conversion of hospital IT systems and implementation of Covenant Health’s computerized physician order entry system. 
Before being appointed CAO at LeConte and Roane Medical Centers, Jolly served as Covenant Health’s vice president for corporate materials management, overseeing centralized purchasing, contracting and database management.

Congratulations to Jim and Gaye! 

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