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Community Benefit Report

Community Benefit Report 2015

Who We Are


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Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the healthcare experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to our neighbors impacted by poverty and/or health inequities. The regional health system includes nine hospitals: Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville, and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complements the hospital services. Saint Thomas Health employs more than 7,400 associates and has 1,903 physicians on medical staff in Tennessee, making Saint Thomas Health one of the largest healthcare employers and one of the leading, integrated healthcare systems in the region. For more information, visit www.STHealth.com.

Saint Thomas Health’s local legacy began in 1898 with the founding of Saint Thomas Hospital by the Daughters of Charity in response to Thomas Sebastian Byrne’s, the fifth Catholic Bishop of Nashville, request for a Catholic hospital in Nashville. The Daughters of Charity continued their loving ministry with Saint Thomas Health from 1898 until 2014, when they commissioned the laity to continue the legacy of providing quality health care. Saint Thomas Health continues as an integrated  healthcare ministry dedicated to spiritually-centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health for individuals and communities, addressing health disparities and inequities for all neighbors.

Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Ascension is, a faith-based

healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering personalized, compassionate care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. For more information, visit www.ascension.org.


Our Commitment to Community

Saint Thomas Health’s commitment to Health Care That Leaves No One Behind goes well beyond delivering the highest quality care and medicine. It’s a commitment to improving health both inside and outside hospital walls and within the community. This means working closely with each community we serve, partnering with residents, businesses, school systems, local governments, and other health and human service providers to identify and address key local needs that affect the health of individuals and communities. Saint Thomas Health’s mission provides a strong foundation and guidance for its work as a caring ministry of healing, including its commitment to community service and to provide access to quality healthcare for all. The Saint Thomas Health’s Mission, Vision and Values are the key factors influencing their approach and commitment to addressing community health needs through their community benefit activities.

In fiscal year 2015, Saint Thomas Health invested $72,360,688 to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves. This financial commitment included community benefit of $72,014,001 which provided free and reduced-cost medical care for the underserved; resources devoted to increasing access to health care; health advocacy; and promotion of healthy lifestyles and choices. An additional $346,687 was contributed to building stronger communities through programs that improve the communities’ social determinants of the health. These community building activities include such initiatives as workforce development, affordable housing and educational attainment. Saint Thomas Health, through the Saint Thomas Health Foundation, sought and received grant funding of $1,096,707 which paid for additional community outreach.

Quick Facts

  • 9 Hospitals - 1,864 licensed beds
    • 235,000 Emergency Room Visits
    • 63,000 Discharges
    • 42,000 Surgeries
    • 9,500 Births
    • 7k FTEs
  • 13 Satellite Imaging Centers
  • 17 Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • 36 ST Heart Clinics
  • 13 Outpatient Rehab Clinics
  • 375 Physicians within STMP
  • Market leader in Cardiac services, Orthopedics, Women’s Health
  • $240 Million in Capital Investment across STH - projects in process
  • FY15 - Best Financial & Qualitative Year as STH