Covenant Health has been named a 2019 “Best Employer in Tennessee” by Forbes Magazine. The health system is one of 73 organizations to make the state list and one of 12 in the healthcare industry.

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System is a member of Covenant Health.

The designation marks the fifth time Forbes has named Covenant Health to one of its “Best Employer” lists in the past four years. The health system was named one of Forbes’ “Best Employers for Diversity” and “Best Employers for Women” in 2018, and was included in its “America’s Best Employers” lists for 2016 and 2017.

“We do not submit applications or nominations for these designations, so it is certainly gratifying to receive recognition from a prestigious business organization like Forbes,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO. “I am proud to be part of an organization that is recognized for high levels of employee satisfaction.”

VanderSteeg noted that the Forbes recognition follows the recent inclusion of Covenant Health in a national list of the Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare. The list was published in May by Becker’s, a national organization which publishes news and information for executives and leaders in healthcare.

“As the largest employer in our area, Covenant Health’s goal to provide excellent employment and career development opportunities, and a positive and meaningful work environment for all of our employees. The Forbes and Becker’s lists provide an affirmation of our efforts in these areas,” he said.

To determine the Forbes list, research firm Statista surveyed 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions.