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Saint Thomas River Park Hospital

One Heart for Healthcare

One Heart for HealthcareOn August 1, 2015, Ascension, parent organization of Saint Thomas Health, acquired four Middle Tennessee hospitals previously jointly owned by Capella Healthcare and Saint Thomas Health. The hospitals have become a part of the Ascension Tennessee ministry, Saint Thomas Health.

Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury are now full members of the Saint Thomas Health network. The four hospitals have been part of an innovative joint venture relationship between Capella and Saint Thomas since 2012.

This change furthers Ascension's goal of creating clinically integrated systems of care to better meet evolving community needs, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.

Saint Thomas Health is committed to improving the health of Middle Tennessee's communities by providing holistic, faith-based care to individuals. To achieve this, they have focused on building and expanding a connected system of care across the region.

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

Along with Saint Thomas’ national recognition for quality and recent partnership with UT’s primary care residency program, this evolution in their relationship came at the best possible time.

The four hospitals joined Saint Thomas Health's current family of hospitals, which included Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Saint Thomas West Hospital and The Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville.