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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital (formerly Middle Tennessee Medical Center)
Saint Thomas Rutherford Logo.jpg
Location 1700 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
Coordinates 35°51′39″N 86°25′28″W / 35.8607437°N 86.4243423°W / 35.8607437; -86.4243423Coordinates: 35°51′39″N 86°25′28″W / 35.8607437°N 86.4243423°W / 35.8607437; -86.4243423
Care system Private
Hospital type Non-profit
Standards JCAHO accreditation
Beds 286
Founded 1927 (as Rutherford Hospital)
Lists Hospitals in Tennessee

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, formerly Middle Tennessee Medical Center, is a 286-bed private, not-for-profit hospital located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States. Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health.

The hospital spent more than $30 million in care on uninsured patients in fiscal year 2009.[1]

The New MTMC[edit]

In 2006, MTMC announced plans to build a new 286-bed hospital to replace its 80-year-old facility.[2] Groundbreaking festivities were held in early 2008, followed by a topping out ceremony six months later.[3][4]

The 556,361-square-foot (51,687.6 m2) facility is the focal point of a 68.5-acre (27.7 ha) medical campus. Two patient towers contain 286 all-private patient rooms. Other features include a 32-bed intensive care unit, a 21,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) emergency department, expanded maternity services, and a surgical suite with 10 operating rooms.[5]

Total cost for the construction project was estimated at $267 million. Completion was originally scheduled for Aug. 2, 2010,[6] with reports in fall 2009 that the project was ahead of schedule and construction wrapping up by June 15, 2010. New patients were admitted starting Oct. 2, 2010.[7]

Saint Thomas Heart[edit]

Main article: Saint Thomas Heart

The cardiology doctor groups of the then four hospitals of Saint Thomas Health Services (Saint Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Hickman Community Hospital) combined in 2007 to form Saint Thomas Heart. The group works with clinics and health care facilities throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky in more than 20 counties.[8]

In 2008, Thomson Reuters named Saint Thomas Heart to its list of top 100 cardiovascular community hospitals.[9]

Chest Pain Network[edit]

Main article: Chest Pain Network

The Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network is a division of Saint Thomas Health that coordinates with local emergency medical services (EMS) and hospitals to provide cardiac care services. The Chest Pain Network includes 15 hospitals in Tennessee and Kentucky, all accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.[10]

The Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network covers Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. Members of the network include:[11]

Neurosciences Institute[edit]

The Saint Thomas Health Services Neurosciences Institute is among the Nashville area's most comprehensive brain, back, nervous system and spine centers. In 2008, independent health care rating company HealthGrades gave Saint Thomas a five-star rating for back and neck surgery.[12]

Among the ailments and diseases treated through the Neurosciences Institute are epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, ALS, sleep disorders, spine injuries, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and Parkinson's disease. In 2012, MTMC opened the area's first Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

The Saint Thomas Brain & Spine Tumor Center is a collaboration between the Neurosciences Institute and the Dan Rudy Cancer Center. Saint Thomas uses the Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery System, an advanced stereostatic radiotherapy treatment that focuses radiation to the shape of the tumor and results in minimum damage to surrounding tissue.[13] The Saint Thomas Health Services Neurosciences Institute is the only health care center in Tennessee to provide Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery.[14]

Bariatric Program[edit]

The Bariatric Program at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital provides a variety of weight loss procedures to assist in the treatment of morbid obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, asthma, acid reflux, infertility and high cholesterol.

These bariatric procedures include the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAP-BAND) System, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Open or Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.


Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital provides a number of orthopedic services at its own facility and through its family of Saint Thomas Health Services hospitals. In 2008, the program was ranked in the top 5% in the nation for spine surgery by HealthGrades. Saint Thomas Orthopedics also received five-star ratings for overall orthopedic services, spine surgery, joint replacement, total knee replacement, back and neck surgery, and spinal fusion.[15]

Sports Medicine[edit]

A specialized extension of its orthopedic program, Baptist Sports Medicine combines several services under its umbrella, including general orthopedics, physical therapy, aquatic therapy, athletic medicine and occupational therapy. Baptist Sports Medicine is the exclusive health care provider to the Tennessee Titans, Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association and Lipscomb University.

In 2007, Baptist Sports Medicine managing director Trent Nessler headed a research team to evaluate screening tests and evaluate their predictive value for athletic injury when used as a pre-assessment tool.[16]

Baptist Sports Medicine clinics can be found throughout Middle Tennessee, with locations in downtown Nashville, Antioch, Bellevue, Brentwood, Centerville, Green Hills, Murfreesboro, Pleasant View, Rivergate and Spring Hill,[17] as well as at Lipscomb University.

Life Therapies[edit]

Main article: Life Therapies

The Life Therapies offers specialized rehabilitation therapy services in a relaxed, non-hospital atmosphere. Because the recovery process can be an emotionally difficult experience, Life Therapies services are located in clinics that are designed as a comfortable environment conducive to healing.

Life Therapies clinics offer services for a variety of stages in a patient's life, including treatment of lymphedema, and neurological, post-stroke, vestibular, pediatric, oncology and women's health issues.

Until January 2009, the Life Therapies services were provided under the umbrella of Baptist Sports Medicine. It was determined that creating the new Life Therapies service line would allow therapists and physicians to better treat patients that don't require traditional sports medicine.[18]

The six clinics are found throughout Middle Tennessee, including locations at Baptist Medical Plaza I in downtown Nashville, Green Hills, Maryland Farms YMCA in Brentwood, Spring Hill and two locations in Murfreesboro.[19]

Center for Pelvic Health[edit]

The Center for Pelvic Health is made up of a multidisciplinary team to diagnose and treat pelvic health disorders, focusing on chronic pain and incontinence. The center touts the use of unique treatments, such as non-surgical interventions (cystoscopy, urodynamics, colposcopy and tibial nerve stimulation), pelvic floor physical therapy (postural and pelvic floor muscle evaluation), and surgical treatment options (diagnostic laparoscopy, awake pain mapping, urethral slings and advanced robotic techniques).

The Center for Pelvic Health is a referral center and works with patients' primary care physicians for treatment.

Women's Health[edit]

The hospitals of Saint Thomas Health Services partner together to provide women's health services that range from gynecology and breast health to pelvic health and birthing services. A level III neonatal intensive care unit can be found at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital's sister site, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.

More than 100 hand-knitted caps were donated to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital's birthing center by residents of AdamsPlace, an independent living center in Murfreesboro.[20]

Cancer Program[edit]

The Saint Thomas Health Services Cancer Program uses innovative cancer treatments, integrated therapies and comprehensive education and prevention in the battle against cancer. An American College of Surgeons-accredited program, Saint Thomas Health provides treatment and prevention services for a number of forms of cancer, including brain, breast, cervical, colon, lung, ovarian, prostate, uterine and others.

As part of its treatment, the Saint Thomas Health Services Cancer Program partners with world-renowned institutions, including Cleveland Clinic and Tennessee Oncology, to partake in community-based clinical trials in oncology and related therapies. This, along with a network of more than 44 physicians, allows Saint Thomas to identify innovative solutions for advanced patient care and improve outcomes for cancer patients.

In December 2008, Baptist Hospital's cancer program was recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering the best in cancer care. Baptist Hospital received Three-Year Approval with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer.[21]

Partnership with MTSU[edit]

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is the official healthcare provider for the Middle Tennessee State University athletics program.[22]


  1. ^ Gunn, Chasity. "MTMC raises awareness to plight of uninsured". Daily News Journal. 
  2. ^ "Middle Tennessee Medical Center receives approval". Murfreesboro Post. October 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  3. ^ Edgemon, Erin (September 28, 2008). "Construction to top out this week at new hospital". Murfreesboro Post. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  4. ^ Edgemon, Erin. "MTMC gets final go ahead for new hospital". Murfreesboro Post. 
  5. ^ MTMC Fact Sheet[dead link]
  6. ^ Edgemon, Erin. "New $267M MTMC quickly becoming reality". Murfreesboro Post. 
  7. ^ Burns, Jenny (October 11, 2009). "New hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, breaks mold". Nashville Business Journal]. 
  8. ^ "Saint Thomas merges cardiology groups". Nashville Business Journal. October 3, 2007. 
  9. ^ Saint Thomas among top 100 heart hospitals[dead link]
  10. ^ Society of Chest Pain Centers list of accredited facilities
  11. ^ Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network Locations Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings: Back and Neck Surgery
  13. ^ Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery System FAQ
  14. ^ List of Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery Hospitals
  15. ^ "Saint Thomas Hospital's Quality of Patient Care Recognized By HealthGrades". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  16. ^ Sanders, Cindy (October 2007). "Predicting Athletic Injury". Nashville Medical News. 
  17. ^ Published December 13, 2007 by Walker Duncan (2007-12-13). "Baptist Sports Medicine opens Spring Hill facility". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  18. ^ De Lombaerde, Geert (Jan 27, 2009). "Saint Thomas rebrands part of rehab group". Nashville Post. 
  19. ^ "Saint Thomas launches new division". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  20. ^ "AdamsPlace residents knit hats for newborns". Daily News Journal. March 17, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Baptist Hospital Cancer Program Receives Commendation From Commission On Cancer". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  22. ^ "Middle Tennessee Medical Center Named Official Healthcare Provider of Middle Tennessee Athletics". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 

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