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Since opening on April 11, 1898, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital, now Ascension Saint Thomas West Hospital, has been devoted to physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Our mission is to serve all persons, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable, while improving the health of individuals and communities. Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac founded the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France. In 1898, Thomas Sebastian Byrne, the fifth Catholic Bishop of Nashville, asked the Daughters of Charity to establish Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Today, Ascension Saint Thomas West Hospital provides adult specialty health care to the more than two million residents of Middle Tennessee, Southwestern Kentucky and Northern Alabama. Ascension Saint Thomas Health’s regional health system consists of five hospitals – Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, formerly Baptist Hospital, Ascension Saint Thomas West Hospital and the Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro and Ascension Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures in diagnostics, cardiac services and ambulatory surgery as well as medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States.
By the Numbers
541 acute care beds, including 40 critical care, 80
special care and 140 telemetry beds
750 affiliated physicians
22,700 total admissions per year
33,500 ER visits per year
14,361 surgeries per year
146,700 outpatient visits per year
Awards and Honors
Became the only hospital in Tennessee to earn
Joint Commission Certification for its hip fracture program in April 2013.
Named among the 100 Great Hospitals in American by Becker’s Hospital Review in April 2013
In March 2013 launched a multi-year modernization project and broke ground on new inpatient tower
Opened a new 3-bed epilepsy monitoring unity (EMU) to serve patients 12 and older in Feb. 2012
Named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, previously Thomas Reuters in Feb. 2012
Recognized for patient safety with an “A” rating Hospital Safety Score by Leapfrog Group
Ranked as high performing in cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology and among the best hospitals in the Nashville metro area in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals list
First in Middle Tennessee to earn the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Cardiac Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Destination Therapy
Society of Chest Pain Centers three-year designation as an “Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI.”
HealthGrades 2012 ranked first in Tennessee for treatment of stroke and among top 5 percent in the nation; five-star rated and recipient of Stroke Care Excellence Award
Joint Commission certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center
Earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Joint Replacement Program.
The Medal of Honor from the Department of Health and Human Services for its life-saving organ donation rates
Three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons
Three-Year Approval with Commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
Center for Multiple Sclerosis designated as the first Comprehensive Center for MS Care in Tennessee by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care, which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.
"To be the premier, spiritually based healthcare ministry as seen through the eyes of the patient."
Service of the Poor: Generosity of spirit for persons most in need.
Reverence: Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life.
Integrity: Inspiring trust through personal leadership.
Wisdom: Integrating excellence and stewardship.
Creativity: Courageous innovation.
Dedication: Affirming the hope and joy of our ministry.