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About Us

High Quality Pediatric Care in East Tennessee

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is a 152-bed hospital certified by the state of Tennessee as one of four Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center in Tennessee and is accredited by the Joint Commission. As a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, Children's Hospital offers full capabilities to care for seriously ill children in a unique pediatric environment and offers the services of many different pediatric subspecialties. Children's Hospital works jointly with the University of Tennessee Medical Center to ensure that injured children in this region receive trauma care at the institution most appropriate for the child's needs. We also assist smaller hospitals by providing pediatric health care training opportunities.

Since our first day in 1937, we have had an "open-door" policy that no child will be denied care because of race, religion or their parents' ability to pay their child's medical bill.

Our Philosophy

Because children are special... they deserve the best possible health care given in a positive, family-centered atmosphere of friendliness, cooperation, and support - regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay. Their medical needs are closely related to their emotional and informational needs; therefore, the total child must be considered in treating any illness or injury. Their health care requires family involvement, special understanding, special equipment, and specially trained personnel who recognize that children are not miniature adults. Their health care can best be provided by a facility with a well-trained medical and hospital staff whose only interests and concerns are with the total health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents.

Mission Statement:
"East Tennessee Children's Hospital will improve the health of children through exceptional, comprehensive family-centered care, wellness, and education."
Vision:
Leading the way to healthy children

Our Core Values

One of Children's Hospital's top priorities is to emphasize the attitudes and actions we value in our organization as we provide care and service to our patients, their families and our other key customers. We strive to give extraordinary care and service to our patients, their families, members of the Children's Hospital family and the communities we serve. Our vision is to promote a culture of service excellence in all interactions with patients, families, guests, colleagues, physicians and the community through staff education, support and recognition.

Our core values guide is our mission to improve the health of children:

  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Enthusiasm

Child and Family-centered Care

Child- and Family-centered care is an approach to pediatric health care that focuses on the family as a child's primary source of strength and support. The philosophy shapes policies, programs, facility design and day-to-day practices. It is visible in large and small ways throughout hospitals that adopt the approach. Information sharing and collaboration between families and staff are the cornerstones of family-centered care. Child- and Family-centered health care professionals recognize the vital role families play in ensuring the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and family members of all ages. They acknowledge emotional, social and developmental support are integral components of health care.


With this approach, family-centered care:

  • Empowers families and fosters independence
  • Supports family caregiving and decision making
  • Respects family choices
  • Builds on family strengths
  • Involves families in all aspects of the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care

Key principles of family-centered care:

  • People are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Health care providers communicate and share complete and unbiased information with families in ways that are affirming and useful.
  • Individuals and families build on their strengths by participating in experiences that enhance control and independence.

Serving Eastern Tennessee & Beyond

Children's Hospital has been a part of the East Tennessee community for 75 years. It is not just Knox County's hospital - it is here for children throughout the southeast region, including Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and these Tennessee counties:

  • Anderson
  • Blount
  • Campbell
  • Claiborne
  • Cocke
  • Grainger
  • Hamblen
  • Jefferson
  • Knox
  • Loudon
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Roane
  • Scott
  • Sevier
  • Union

Board of Directors

  • John Q. Buchheit, M.D.
    Chairman
  • Larry B. Martin
    Vice Chairman
  • R. Gale Huneycutt, Jr.
    Secretary/Treasurer
  • Cathy Ackermann
  • Scott W. Brice, M.D.
  • Daniel K. Carter, M.D.
  • James B. Clayton
  • Scott Daniel
  • Brian T. Ferguson
  • Randall L. Gibson
  • Keith D. Goodwin
  • David A. Nickels, M.D.
  • Kenneth J. Rueter
  • Cameron J. Sears, M.D.
  • David D. Stevens
  • Barbara Summers, M.D.
  • Andrea Anne White
  • Kim Wood

Medical Staff

  • Cameron Sears, M.D.
    Chief of Staff
  • Ryan Redman, M.D.
    Vice Chief of Staff
  • Allyson Schmitt, M.D.
    Secretary
  • DeAnn Holbrook, M.D.
    Chief of Medicine
  • Jay Crawford, M.D.
    Chief of Surgery

Administration

  • Keith D. Goodwin
    President/CEO
  • Cathy Shuck
    Vice President of Legal Services & General Counsel
  • Hella Ewing, MSM, BSN, RN
    Vice President of Patient Care Services/ Chief Nursing Officer
  • Joe Childs, M.D.
    Vice President of Medical Services
  • Caryn Hawthorne
    Vice President of Finance/ Chief Financial Officer
  • Carlton M. Long
    Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Steven Godbold
    Vice President of Operations
  • Sue Wilburn
    Vice President of Human Resources

Click here to view our organizational chart.