Our History

Saint Thomas Hospital
A Legacy of Compassionate Care

For 113 years, Saint Thomas 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 Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. 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.

Today, Saint Thomas Hospital provides adult specialty healthcare to the more than two million residents of Middle Tennessee, Southwestern Kentucky and Northern Alabama.

Distinctive Services at Saint Thomas Hospital include: Nationally-Recognized Cardiac services from more than 60 specialists of Saint Thomas Heart, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Accredited Heart Failure Unit, Accredited Chest Pain Center and Emergency Services Department, Critical and Special Care, Ambulatory and Outpatient Surgery, Diabetes Center, General Medicine, General Surgery, Maria Nathanson Center for Excellence for Renal, Pulmonary and Gastroenterology Disorders, Mental Health Care Unit, Nephrology, Transplantation Department - Cardiac and Kidney, Accredited Stroke Center, Accredited Center for MS, Brain and Spine Tumor Center, Accredited Dan Rudy Cancer Center, Infusion Center, Radiation Oncology, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Lung Cancer Center, Ophthalmology, Rehabilitation Services, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Specialty Surgery, Ear, Nose, Throat Surgery, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Women’s Health Services, Gynecology and the Center for Breast Health.

In March 2011, Saint Thomas Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the tenth time Saint Thomas Hospital has earned this distinction.

Saint Thomas Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health, a faith-based ministry with more than 6,500 associates serving Middle Tennessee. Saint Thomas Health's regional health system consists of five hospitals – Baptist and Saint Thomas Hospitals and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community 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.

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