Saint Thomas Rutherford Renovates OB Floor — Saint Thomas Health

There’s some real excitement on the OB floor at Saint Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and it’s not just from the new moms.

The floor recently had a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the newly renovated rooms expanding its Women’s Care services in Murfreesboro and all of Rutherford County.

The $1.5 million dollar renovation project was on budget and includes new rooms and laboring tubs to enhance the experience in providing even better options for families who deliver here at Saint Thomas RutherfordSaint Thomas Health is a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

More than 3,500 babies are born every year at Saint Thomas Rutherford and as the county continues to grow, the hospital is proud to grow too as more and more families are moving in.

Dr. Matthew deShazo Joins Saint Thomas Heart Failure Clinics in Nashville, Murfreesboro

Matthew deShazo, M.D., MPH, has joined the Saint Thomas West Heart Failure Clinic and the Saint Thomas Rutherford Heart Failure Clinic as a specialist in advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and transplant cardiology. Dr. deShazo joins the two Saint Thomas Health Heart Failure Clinics from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.  Dr. deShazo is accredited in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, cardiovascular disease and general internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

Dr. deShazo is a clinical researcher with multiple ongoing cardiac-related research studies; in addition, he publishes and speaks frequently on a variety of cardiac-related topics, including pulmonary hypertension and acute heart failure.

Dr. deShazo received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College and his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  He completed his fellowship in advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation and pulmonary hypertension at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center.  Dr. deShazo received his Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

 

ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH

In Tennessee, Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates.  Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $78 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable.  Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

Saint Thomas West and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospitals Receive Highest Heart Surgery Ratings From The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital have received from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) the highest possible ratings—three-star ratings—for overall quality regarding two heart procedures:  isolated coronary artery bypass surgery or graft (CABG) and isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR).  The ratings time period for CABG was July 2015 through June 2016 and the ratings time period for AVR was July 2013 through June 2016.

These high ratings are particularly noteworthy because just 21 of 1,024 participants in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database received the highest possible rating for both isolated CABG and isolated AVR.  Additionally, three-star ratings were awarded to just 9.55% of the participants for isolated CABG and just 7.48% of the participants for isolated AVR.  Saint Thomas Health is a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is a surgical procedure performed to correct a blockage to the heart and restore normal blood flow to an obstructed coronary artery.  Aortic valve replacement (AVR) is a surgical procedure in which a patient’s failing aortic valve is replaced with an artificial heart valve.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is an international not-for-profit organization, established in 1964, and represents approximately 7,400 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers and other health care professionals.  STS collects data on surgical outcomes in the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, a component of the STS National Database.  The Adult Cardiac Surgery Database houses approximately 5.9 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 90 percent of the groups that perform cardiac surgery in the United States.

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ data is widely recognized as the best measure of heart surgery program quality,” said Dr. Brian Wilcox, Chief Physician Executive, Saint Thomas Heart.  “Our 3-star rating confirms that the Saint Thomas Heart program is one of the finest programs in the United States. Patients can know they are cared for by one of the largest, most innovative and highest-quality programs in the country.”  Of the 1,400 heart surgeries performed by Saint Thomas Heart in the last year, more than 900 of them were CABG and AVR.

“We perform these operations several times every day in both of our cardiac surgical hospitals,” Dr. Wilcox added

ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH

In Tennessee, Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates.  Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $78 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable.  Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

Women ‘Go Red’ to Fight Heart Disease

As you walked into the Music City Center, it was hard not to see RED.  Women, and some men, were decked out in red dresses and red ties for the annual Go Red for Women Wellness Expo & Luncheon on April 27, 2017.   The presenting sponsor of the event was Saint Thomas Health, a part of Ascension.

In this video, Liz Schatzlein, a part of the executive leadership team for AHA Go Red for Women, talks about why this event is so much more than dressing up in red.  According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined.  Schatzlein says women have the power to change those numbers because 80% of all cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Go Red Day at Saint Thomas Health

From newborns wearing handmade red caps to a pet therapy dog sporting a red scarf while visiting patients, Saint Thomas Health showed its support to the “Go Red for Women” movement to bring awareness to heart disease in women.  After all, according to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer in women.

For years now, Saint Thomas Health, a part of Ascension, has been a proud partner of the American Heart Association of Greater Nashville. In this video, hear the important message from medical leaders at Saint Thomas Health and how employees showed their support of this great cause.

What’s Up Doc? The Cause of Lower Back Pain

Suffering from lower back pain?  You’re not alone.  According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life.

Dr. Christina Mountain, a primary care physician with Saint Thomas Health, part of Ascension, explains the likely causes of lower back pain and what you can do to alleviate some of the pain.

What’s Up Doc? When to Get Stitches

Dr. Ali Bollinger, an emergency department physician at Saint Thomas Health, part of Ascension, says one of the most common questions she gets is when to go to the ER to get stitches.

Dr. Bollinger gives three specific rules on when to go to the ER.

What’s Up Doc? Am I Getting Shorter As I Get Older?

Are you getting shorter as you get older?  You’d better believe, says Dr. John Culclasure, an anesthesiologist with Howell Allen Clinic, a part of Saint Thomas Health and Ascension.   Find out why Dr. Culclasure says it’s possible to lose up to two inches of height as you age.

What’s Up Doc? What Exactly Is My Funny Bone?

You hit your elbow and it hurts.  There’s nothing funny about it, yet it’s called the funny bone.  A knock on the funny bone may cause numbness and pain along the forearm and hand.

Dr. Gregory Raab, an orthopaedic surgeon with Saint Thomas Health, a part of Ascension, says the pain doesn’t even come from the bone.