Letter from the CEO
Over the past ten years as president of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, I’ve walked its hallways countless times. In the dozens of miles that I’ve clocked throughout the building, I’ve met families and visited with staff. I’ve sat through meetings and eaten in the cafeteria. I’ve built memories and relationships that will last a lifetime. In short, I’ve built a home here. And I’m honored to share my home with you.
For fiscal year 2017-2018, our organization stretched its commitment to patient care in exciting ways. We introduced new programs, elevated skilled professionals and extended access to outlying communities. In short, we worked hard to ensure that Children’s Hospital is more than just a collection of buildings in Knoxville. It’s a network of caregivers throughout East Tennessee who are dedicated to treating every patient like family.
I’m proud that my family includes Audrey, who was battling cancer before I ever joined this family. I’m continually amazed by the joy and warmth that Eli and his family bring into our home. Just walking through the lobby with him and his service dog brings a smile to strangers’ faces. It reminds me that children need to laugh to heal. And my family works extra hard to make this organization a place where families can do both. Whether you’re here for a few hours or return year after year, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is more than a hospital. It’s a place to heal, to grow, and to invest in the future.
Keith Goodwin, President and CEO