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Covenant Health Fort Loudoun breaks ground on expansion

November 3, 2023

Covenant Health Fort Loudoun has broken ground on its new advanced care wing, an expansion of its medical facility in Loudon County. In part as a result of a generous donation from the Brethen Foundation, the 50-bed medical center will construct a new wing dedicated to critical care called the Brethen Foundation Advanced Care Wing. This expansion will create 26 new patient rooms for both intensive and intermediate care.

The Honorable Buddy Bradshaw, mayor, Loudon County; Suzanne Miller, vice president and chief nursing officer, Fort Loudoun Medical Center; Scott Hamilton, vice president and chief financial officer, Fort Loudoun Medical Center; Connie Martin, president and chief administrative officer, Fort Loudoun Medical Center; Colleen Brethen and David Brethen, Brethen Foundation; Jim VanderSteeg, president and chief executive officer, Covenant Health; King Purnell, chair, Covenant Health Board of Directors; Jon-David Deeson, executive vice president of physician enterprise and ambulatory services, Covenant Health; Mike Belbeck, executive vice president of operations, Covenant Health; Joe Dolan, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Covenant Health; George Sawabini, DO, chief of staff, Fort Loudoun Medical Center.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Nov. 3, 2023, with more than 100 community leaders and local officials in attendance, including Loudon County Mayor Buddy Bradshaw and the Brethen family, whose generous donation helped make this expansion possible.

The Christman Company has begun construction with an expected completion date of late spring 2025. The medical center’s square footage will increase from 89,245 to 108,245 and include the 26 additional private patient rooms, a new nurses’ station and new family waiting area, as well as allow for an expansion of the current emergency department space. The hospital currently is hiring for both clinical and non-clinical roles, as well as recruiting volunteers, which will support this expansion.

“Covenant Health Fort Loudoun exists to serve the people of this community and to provide excellent and compassionate care at our facility,” said Connie Martin, president and chief administrative officer of Fort Loudoun Medical Center.“We are on a mission to improve lives through better health. The ways which we further our mission are expanding facilities, technology and proactively investing in resources that equip us to be here when the community needs us.

“I am eternally thankful to the Brethen family for their part in making this possible.”

Loudon County Mayor Buddy Bradshaw said, “Today’s groundbreaking at Covenant Health Fort Loudoun symbolizes a bright future for health and wellness in Loudon County. Thanks to the Brethen Foundation’s generosity, this expansion enhances our community’s access to advanced care and continues our commitment to improving lives here in our region.”

About Covenant Health Fort Loudoun

Fort Loudoun Medical Center is a member of Covenant Health, a not-for-profit healthcare delivery system serving East Tennessee and the surrounding region. Located in Lenoir City, it is a 50-bed medical center with an array of medical services, including critical care, cancer services, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation programs and a sleep center. It is certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and holds accreditations in mammography from the American College of Radiology and in cardiac rehabilitation from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. For more information, visit

About Covenant Health

Covenant Health is a Tennessee-based healthcare enterprise committed to providing the right care at the right time and place. As a not-for-profit health system, we are dedicated to being the region’s premier healthcare network through service, community, and innovation. We provide patient-centered care that inspires clinical and service excellence and strive to be the first and best choice for our patients, employees, physicians, employers, volunteers, and communities. Covenant Health is the area’s largest employer and has more than 11,000 compassionate caregivers, expert clinicians, and dedicated employees and volunteers. Learn more at