Covenant Health gets new VP of anesthesia

Jay FitzOur Town Health

Covenant Health has announced Washington Johnson as the health enterprise’s new vice president of anesthesia. He will oversee Covenant Anesthesia Group and his role became effective March 1.

Covenant Anesthesia Group consists of 34 anesthesiologists and over 100 CRNA practitioners. The group currently provides anesthesia services at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Parkwest Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center and five different joint venture surgery centers across Covenant Health’s enterprise.

“We are thrilled to welcome Washington to our team,” said Mike Belbeck, executive vice president of operations at Covenant Health. “He has extensive experience and knowledge of anesthesia operations, revenue cycle and a proven track record improving group performance. His strategic thinking and expertise will be a welcome addition to our leadership team.”

Johnson previously served as the vice president of client services at Coronis Healthcare’s Anesthesia Division in North Augusta, Georgia, where he was responsible for maintaining managed care contracts and optimizing revenue. His past roles include operations and corporate support services at the Alpharetta, Georgia, location of Dallas-based Abeo Management and Premier Anesthesia, a member of Jackson Healthcare, also in Alpharetta. He has led teams responsible for revenue cycle management and anesthesia practices across five geographical regions.

“I’m incredibly blessed with the opportunity to join the Covenant Health family,” Johnson said. “I’m excited about the unique privilege of working with leaders and teams to build upon Covenant Health’s commitment to providing patients with ‘the right care at the right time and place.’ I look forward to contributing to the health system’s legacy and reputation of being the region’s premier healthcare network in patient-focused care.”

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Alabama in Mobile and a master’s degree in human resource development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Johnson served for more than a decade in the U.S. Army, where he supervised over 300 unit members.

Covenant Health provided information and quotes for this story.


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