Cumberland Medical Center in search for new CEO


Jeremy Biggs tapped for new post in Oak Ridge

CROSSVILLE – The first CEO to be named at Cumberland Medical Center since its 2013 take-over by Knoxville-based Covenant Health has been tapped for new position in nearby Oak Ridge.

Jeremy Biggs, who was named CEO at CMC in March 2014, succeeding Ed Anderson, was named president and chief administrative officer of Methodist Medical Center, a 301-bed hospital. He’s taking over for Mike Belbeck, who was officially named Covenant’s next executive vice president of operations this week.

The move is effective April 1, officials told the Knoxville News Sentinel. Biggs’ replacement will be named within the next two weeks, Covenant officials said.

Biggs, originally from Oak Ridge, joined Covenant in 2011 as president and CEO of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, and later served as interim CAO of Thompson Cancer Survival Center before taking the job in Cumberland County

During his tenure at CMC, Biggs focused on a variety of initiatives including the expansion of cardiac services and other specialty services. The hospital is currently undergoing construction of a new emergency department and recently celebrated its 65th anniversary of service to the Cumberland Plateau.

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“Jeremy Biggs has extensive operational knowledge of our hospitals and outpatient services, and has helped Cumberland Medical Center transition smoothly into Covenant Health,” said Jim VanderSteeg, current executive vice president of operations who was also promoted to position of president and CEO. “His focus on quality medical services and strong community relationships will build on the legacy Mike Belbeck has established at Methodist.”

“I have been privileged to work alongside the staff and physicians at Cumberland Medical Center during the past several years,” Biggs said. “The hospital plays an important role in providing medical care to the Cumberland Plateau, and that role will continue to grow in the future. Methodist Medical Center also is known for excellence in the communities it serves, and I look forward to becoming a part of the Methodist family in the days ahead.”

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