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Saint Thomas West Hospital
Saint Thomas West Logo.jpg
Location 4220 Harding Road, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Coordinates 36°07′45″N 86°50′39″W / 36.1292°N 86.8443°W / 36.1292; -86.8443Coordinates: 36°07′45″N 86°50′39″W / 36.1292°N 86.8443°W / 36.1292; -86.8443
Care system Private
Hospital type Non-profit
Standards JCAHO accreditation
Beds 541
Founded 1898
Website Saint Thomas West Hospital
Lists Hospitals in U.S.

Saint Thomas West Hospital, formerly Saint Thomas Hospital, is a 541-acute-care-bed health care facility located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The hospital sees 21,388 total admissions and 32,000 emergency department visits annually.

Saint Thomas Hospital is one of the Saint Thomas Health family of hospitals, which also includes Saint Thomas – Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury, and Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta.

Saint Thomas West Hospital has earned several distinctions from HealthGrades,[1] a third-party organization that evaluates hospitals and physicians. In June 2009, Saint Thomas Hospital was recognized with a 2009/2010 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award.[2] In October 2009, HealthGrades gave Saint Thomas Hospital five-star ratings for joint replacement surgery, spine surgery,[3][4] total knee replacement,[5] treatment of stroke,[6] overall pulmonary care,[7] treatment of pneumonia,[8] vascular surgery, repair of the abdominal aorta,[9] carotid surgery,[10] gastrointestinal surgery, pancreatitis[11] and cholecystectomy.[12]


Saint Thomas Hospital was opened in Nashville by the Daughters of Charity. The hospital officially began receiving patients on April 11, 1898. It moved to its current campus, some 4 miles (6.4 km) west of the original, in 1972. [13]

The hospital expanded as the city's health care needs grew. Today, Saint Thomas Hospital is part of Saint Thomas Health. The 541-bed facility employs more than 3,500 and has 750 physicians on staff.[14]

In the fall of 2012, the Hospital's outpatient neurosurgery unit, along with two other pain treatment centers in Tennessee (Specialty Surgery Center, Crossville; PCA Pain Care Center, Oak Ridge) and cases from other states (especially Virginia, Florida and Maryland) was affected by a non-contagious, fungal (Aspergillosis) strain of meningitis (fungal meningitis). There have been four deaths and 26 total infections, including some in Tennessee, and the center is closed for now. Disparities among some of the biopsy findings were sent to be confirmed by the CDC in Atlanta.[15]

In 2013, the hospital's name was changed to Saint Thomas – West Hospital when its sister hospital, previously called Baptist Hospital (originally Protestant Hospital, but owned in recent years by the same parent organization and located across the street from Saint Thomas' original campus), was renamed "Saint Thomas – Midtown Hospital".

Hospital services[edit]

Saint Thomas West Hospital provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient services.

  • Brain & Spine Tumor Center
  • Breast health
  • Cancer services
  • Cardiac
  • Neurosciences institute
  • Orthopedics/Joint replacement
  • Pharmacy (Dispensary of hope)
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Spine services
  • Wellness Center

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.

Neurosciences Institute[edit]

The Neurosciences Institute at Saint Thomas Hospital 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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18] The Neurosciences Institute at Saint Thomas Hospital is the only health care center in Tennessee to provide Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery.[19]

In 2009, Saint Thomas Hospital was certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission.[20]


  1. ^ Saint Thomas West Hospital profile on HealthGrades. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  2. ^ 2009/2010 Outstanding Patient Experience Award Hospital Recipients. (2011-09-30). Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  3. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion). Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  4. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion). Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  5. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Total Knee Replacement. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  6. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Stroke. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  7. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Pulmonary Embolism. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  8. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Pneumonia. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  9. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Resection/Replacement of Abdominal Aorta. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  10. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Carotid Surgery. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  11. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Pancreatitis. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  12. ^ 2010 Hospital Quality Ratings: Cholecystectomy. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Saint Thomas Hospital on Historic Nashville. (2009-01-19). Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  14. ^ Saint Thomas West Hospital About Us
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  16. ^ HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings: Back and Neck Surgery. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  17. ^ Saint Thomas Neurosciences Institute.
  18. ^ Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery System FAQ
  19. ^ List of Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery Hospitals
  20. ^ Quality Report. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.

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