Program areas at LeConte Medical Center
LeConte Medical Center ("LeConte") provides care to residents of Sevier County. As a member of the former Fort Sanders Health Alliance, it became a member of Covenant Health when it was established in 1996. Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, it is a full-service, state-of-the-art hospital.SERVICEThe hospital is best known for its women's services, including labor and delivery, emergency department, outpatient diagnostic services, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. The American College of Radiology recognizes LeConte as one of only 29 facilities in Tennessee designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center. LeConte's Comprehensive Breast Center is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The Dolly Parton Birthing Unit is a family-centered facility featuring state-of-the-art monitoring systems for the safety of moms and babies. LeConte is certified as a "Safe Sleep" hospital for providing education and information about safe sleep to the parents of newborns and was named by Tennessee Hospital Association as a 2019 "BEST for Babies" hospital for efforts to improve the health of Tennessee's newborns. The "BEST for Babies" award focuses on hospital excellence around breastfeeding, early elective delivery reduction and safe sleep for Tennessee babies. In 2019, the hospital served 131,625 patients. Of these, 126,828 were outpatients and 4,797 were inpatients with an average length-of-stay of 2.95 days. PUTTING PATIENTS FIRSTAs part of a growing community and a popular vacation destination for visitors from around the country, the emergency department at LeConte is one of the busiest in the region and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is equipped with a helicopter pad and an observation area. As part of Covenant Health's stroke hospital network, LeConte provides rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke and is certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. IMPROVING THE COMMUNITY'S QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGH BETTER HEALTHLocated inside the Dolly Parton Center for Women's Services, the LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center offers 3D mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, bone density screenings, and has certified patient navigators available to help cancer patients manage their health care regimen. The center's "Paint the Mountains Pink" program educates the community about the importance of regular mammograms and provides mammograms to women in Sevier County who qualify for mammography screening but cannot afford it. The LeConte Wellness Center is a full-service fitness center located at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. It offers members a safe and family-friendly atmosphere in which to exercise in addition to hosting health and education programs throughout the year. LeConte's certified sports medicine trainers work with coaches and students at high schools in Sevier County and surrounding counties, bringing awareness of injury prevention and safety issues on and off the field. Since starting the athletic training program, Sevier County's re-injury rate for student athletes has dropped from over 25 percent to a record low of less than one percent. Every year for the last ten years, LeConte has partnered with Dollywood's Splash Country (a 35-acre water park located in nearby Pigeon Forge) to host a Water Safety Day. This event is designed to provide children and parents with life-saving water safety skills and builds awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim. Participants also learn about boating safety, skin cancer prevention, emergency first aid, general water safety, and recognizing the signs of stroke. COVENANT HEALTH SYSTEMLeConte is a member of Covenant Health. 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 comprised of community leaders and medical professionals. With more than 10,000 employees, affiliated physicians and volunteers, Covenant Health is the Knoxville area's largest employer and has been named a Best Employer five times by Forbes. 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, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, a behavioral health hospital in Blount County, Tennessee.Affiliated organizations include Thompson Cancer Survival Center, Thompson Oncology Group, Fortress Corporation and Subsidiaries, Covenant HomeCare, and Fort Sanders Perinatal Center. Philanthropic organizations include Fort Sanders Foundation and the Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation in Knoxville, Methodist Medical Center Foundation in Oak Ridge, Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation in Sevierville, and Morristown-Hamblen Hospital Foundation in Morristown. Funds raised by the foundations provide services, equipment and other resources for excellence in patient care.LeConte, as a member of the Covenant Health system, benefits from the collaboration among all affiliated organizations to promote quality improvement, patient safety and efficient delivery of care for the communities served.