Saint Thomas Health

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Saint Thomas Health
IndustryHealth Care
FoundedNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Area served
Middle Tennessee, South Central Kentucky
Key people
Karen Springer.(President & CEO)
ParentAscension Health
WebsiteSaint Thomas Health

Saint Thomas Health (STH) is an integrated health delivery system based in Nashville, Tennessee. The name was shortened from Saint Thomas Health Services in 2011.

Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Roman Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. STH is composed of nine hospitals: Saint Thomas - West Hospital, Saint Thomas - Midtown Hospital and The Hospital for Specialty Surgery in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Saint Thomas Dekalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury, and Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta.[1]

In 2015. Karen Springer was named president and CEO.

Saint Thomas Health and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have established a partnership for training medical residents in a variety of specialties.[2]

Saint Thomas Heart[edit]

A collaborative effort among its family of hospitals and other clinics and health care facilities throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, Saint Thomas Heart provides complete cardiac services from more than 20 locations.

In 2008, Saint Thomas Heart was ranked #1 in Tennessee for Coronary Interventional Procedures by HealthGrades. The hospitals of Saint Thomas Heart also received five-star ratings for the treatment of heart failure and atrial fibrillation, coronary interventional procedures and coronary services. Saint Thomas Heart was also ranked among the top 5% in the nation for coronary interventions and the top 10% in the nation for cardiology services. Also in 2008, Thomson/Reuters named Saint Thomas Heart to its list of top 100 cardiovascular community hospitals.[3]

Chest Pain Network[edit]

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.[4]

The Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network is among the largest networks of chest pain centers in the nation.[5] The Accredited Chest Pain Center Model is an operational process for the care of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients, beginning from the moment EMS is called and continuing through discharge.

The Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network has extended the model to include different size facilities to provide treatment closest to the patient's home. This allows transfer into a specialized facility if additional care is required. In July 2008, the Chest Pain Network expanded into Southern Kentucky when Monroe County Hospital in Tompkinsville was added.[6]

The Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network covers Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Members of the network include:[7]

Neurosciences Institute[edit]

The Saint Thomas Health 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.[8]

Among the ailments and diseases treated through the Neurosciences Institute are stroke, brain tumors, ALS, sleep disorders, spine injuries, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and Parkinson's disease.

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.[9] The Saint Thomas Health Neurosciences Institute is the only health care center in Tennessee to provide Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery.[10]

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program[edit]

The Saint Thomas Health Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program 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.


STH provides a number of orthopedic services through its family of hospitals. In 2015, the joint replacement services at Saint Thomas Health were consolidated into the Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute. 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.[11] Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital's Joint Replacement Center was rated among the top 10 in Tennessee by HealthGrades for Joint Replacement.[12]

Sports Medicine[edit]

A specialized extension of its orthopedic program, Saint Thomas Outpatient Rehabilitation combines several services under its umbrella, including general orthopedics, physical therapy, aquatic therapy, athletic medicine and occupational therapy. Saint Thomas Outpatient Rehabilitation 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.[13]

Saint Thomas Outpatient Rehabilitation 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,[14] as well as at Lipscomb University.

Life Therapies[edit]

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. The staff consists of licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists. Life Therapies clinics focus on the patient experience, as well as on a strong clinical program, thus providing a unique approach to traditional rehabilitation.

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 who don't require traditional sports medicine.[15]

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.[16]

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]

STH's hospitals partner together to provide women's health services that range from gynecology and breast health to pelvic health and birthing services. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital is also home to a level III neonatal intensive care unit.

Cancer program[edit]

STH's 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 Services 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 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. In December 2008, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital's (then named Baptist Hospital) cancer program was recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering the best in cancer care. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital received Three-Year Approval with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer.[17]


STH is the exclusive provider of medical services to the Tennessee Titans.


In 2012 Saint Thomas Health started an Accountable care organization called MissionPoint Health Partners.[18] MissionPoint currently has more than 1400 participating physicians in its network.


  1. ^ Lawley, Erin (March 16, 2007). "Saint Thomas bolsters the heart of its business". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
  2. ^ "UTHSC Nashville". Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  3. ^ Saint Thomas among top 100 heart hospitals
  4. ^ Society of Chest Pain Centers list of accredited facilities
  5. ^ Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network expands beyond Tennessee
  6. ^ Saint Thomas to expand chest pain network into Kentucky
  7. ^ Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network Locations Archived 2009-04-13 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings: Back and Neck Surgery
  9. ^ Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery System FAQ
  10. ^ List of Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery Hospitals
  11. ^ Saint Thomas Hospital's Quality of Patient Care Recognized By HealthGrades
  12. ^ Baptist Hospital's Quality of Patient Care Recognized By HealthGrades
  13. ^ Sanders, Cindy (October 2007). "Predicting Athletic Injury". Nashville Medical News.
  14. ^ Baptist Sports Medicine opens Spring Hill facility
  15. ^ De Lombaerde, Geert (Jan 27, 2009). "Saint Thomas rebrands part of rehab group". Nashville Post.
  16. ^ Saint Thomas launches new division
  17. ^ Baptist Hospital Cancer Program Receives Commendation From Commission On Cancer
  18. ^ "Mission Point Health Partners start up". Fierce Healthcare Journal. January 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-11.

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