My name is Vanessa Reasoner and I am the Chief Executive for Covenant Health’s Grace Surgical Hospital and Grace Clinic. At the beginning of 2020, the Grace team was mentally preparing for a challenging year with the construction of our new short stay surgical hospital and a year-long readiness process to migrate all Grace facilities onto a new integrated electronic medical record. These would have been huge undertakings in the best of circumstances. The environment that COVID-19 created was anything but the best of circumstances and something none of us had dealt with in our careers. Our world changed overnight. Initially, the amount of uncertainty was overwhelming, but I am so proud of how quickly our entire team at Covenant Health responded to the pandemic to do our part to foster a safe environment for our patients, caregivers and the community.

To aid in the COVID battle, Grace Clinic established COVID drive-up testing locations serving over 12,000 patients to date. When the COVID-19 vaccines became available, we vaccinated close to 2,400 patients with first doses of the Moderna vaccine and second doses scheduled to be completed by early March 2021. These efforts were not always easy for our caregivers but they have done it all with servants’ hearts and I could not be more proud.

The Foundation’s generosity has been the light so many needed during the darkness of this global pandemic. Despite our efforts as an organization to minimize the impact to our caregivers, COVID caused a strain to many, including Grace caregivers. Many of those were blessed with financial gifts from the Covenant Caregiver Assistance Fund. Additionally, our leaders faced different challenges as they led their teams through the impacts of COVID. With the help of the Foundation’s sponsorship, we are excited to launch the series, Sacred Service. This program will provide our leaders with much needed tools to restore strength and resilience drained by “pandemic fatigue” so they may continue to be an example of our Mission to their teams.

I want to express my sincere appreciation for the Foundation’s continued support and example of God’s love. I am so grateful to be part of such a caring organization.

As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 2 Corinthians 9:13-14

Grace and Blessings,

Vanessa Reasoner, Chief Executive, Grace Health System 


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