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Saint Thomas River Park Hospital


The History of Saint Thomas River Park Hospital

Saint Thomas River Park Hospital is a 125-licensed bed facility that is accredited by The Joint Commission. Saint Thomas River Park Hospital serves over 115,000 residents in an eight-county region, which include: Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Grundy, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren and White. The original hospital was built in 1970 as River Park Hospital, but in October 1996, River Park completed a new facility that increased in size to 200,000 square feet on 14.2 acres. The new hospital was designed to accommodate the community’s needs as well as ever changing medical technologies. The doors opened on the new hospital on October 31, 1996.

In 2007, River Park welcomed Middle Tennessee Surgical Care, a physician-developed, free-standing ambulatory surgery center to its family, and in February of 2008, a new era began when Capella Healthcare purchased River Park Hospital.

On May 1, 2012, the hospital entered into a landmark partnership with Saint Thomas Health, along with its three sister hospitals in the Upper Cumberland Plateau. The new collaboration resulted in the joint ownership and operation of Capella’s four Middle Tennessee hospitals which, in addition to River Park Hospital, included: Highlands Medical Center in Sparta, DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville, and Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. These hospitals operated as part of the Saint Thomas Health Network, which held an equity interest. Capella was the managing member and majority partner in the venture as well as the exclusive development partner for Saint Thomas Health across a 60-county area of middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

On August 1, 2015, Ascension, parent organization of Saint Thomas Health, acquired the four Middle Tennessee hospitals previously jointly owned by Capella Healthcare and Saint Thomas Health. The hospitals became a part of the Ascension Tennessee ministry, Saint Thomas Health, and River Park Hospital became known as Saint Thomas River Park Hospital.

“Saint Thomas Health is passionately committed to improving the health of Middle Tennessee’s communities by providing holistic, faith-based care to individuals,” said Karen Springer, Saint Thomas Health President and CEO, Senior Vice President, Ascension Health/Tennessee Ministry Market Executive. “To achieve this, we have focused on building and expanding a connected system of care across our region. Because of our existing partnership with Capella and our historic service to these communities, gaining full ownership of these important community providers of healthcare will allow us to better serve our patients close to where they live and work.”

During the multi-year partnership, Capella-Saint Thomas Health had expanded the services in each community, enhancing cardiac, stroke and telemedicine services.

“Since our partnership with Saint Thomas Health in 2012, we’ve further enhanced services in the Upper Cumberland region, with our four hospitals becoming part of the Saint Thomas Stroke Network, adding new telemedicine capabilities, and broadening access to physicians,” said Michael A. Wiechart, president and chief executive officer of Capella Healthcare. “To take care to the next level, we have been exploring with Saint Thomas how our partnership could best evolve to achieve our shared goals. With Saint Thomas’ national recognition for quality and their recent partnership with UT’s primary care residency program, we know that this evolution in our relationship comes at the best possible time.

Saint Thomas River Park Hospital offers many of the same services that larger metropolitan area facilities provide. Some of the services include: Same Day Surgery, Lithotripsy, Laser Surgery, a Rehabilitation Unit, Sports Medicine, Life-Flight Access, Labor and Delivery Suites, Inpatient Dialysis, Cardiac Services, Neurology, and more. Saint Thomas River Park Hospital leads the way in advanced diagnostic and treatment services with highly qualified radiologists and technologists providing MRI, Mammography, Ultrasound, CT Scan, and a Bone Densitometer Screening device.