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Porta Chamberlain Named Health Champion

Posted on October 21, 2016

We are proud to congratulate our own Porta Chamberlain on being named a Health Champion by Covenant Health. Learn more about Porta’s journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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Health Champions are Covenant Health employees who exemplify healthy living and/or making changes to positively affect their lives and others. 

Porta Chamberlain was named the first Health Champion. She is the Business Office Coordinator at Fort Sanders Perinatal Center. Porta decided back in the Fall of 2015 that she was not “going to lose body parts and continue to feel bad due to type 2 diabetes”. She sought out advice from her physician, Covenant Health experts, and participated in a diabetes class. She has lost 33 pounds since November 1, 2015 through eating healthy and exercising three to five times per week. Her A1C (average blood glucose level over 3 months) has dropped from 13 to 5.6. She was taking 47 units of insulin per day and now only has to use 25 units 2-3 times per month (as of August 2016).

Porta’s excitement is contagious. You can hear it over the phone. She laughingly stated, “I feel better than I have in 30 years. I can now out-walk my children.” She also reported that she is sleeping better since she lost weight and that she actually misses working out if something interferes and keeps her from going to the gym. She plans to lose more weight and continue to live a healthier life.

We hope Porta’s story will inspire others. Happiness is part of wellbeing and Porta is happy with how
she feels today. Porta is a gold medal champion and we salute her for her hard work and great results from her efforts.

About Us:

Fort Sanders Perinatal Center is the practice of Perry Roussis, MD and Gary Stephens, DO, board certified obstetric and gynecologists specializing in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. As high-risk pregnancy doctors, Dr. Roussis and Dr. Stephens provide specialized care for women with pregnancy complications. They have served women in East Tennessee for more than 20 years and delivered over 20,000 high-risk babies.

Fort Sanders Perinatal Center is part of Covenant Health, our region’s top performing healthcare network. We are a not-for-profit, community-owned health system headquartered in Knoxville with nine acute-care hospitals, 10,000 employees, and more than 1,500 affiliated physicians. Covenant Health was recently named by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Mid-Sized Employers.” Visit our website at to learn more.

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