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Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital Completes Renovation of its Surgery and Behavioral Health Departments

June 28th 2017

Contact: Nick Paranjape, (615) 284-1210, Nick.Paranjape@STH.ORG

Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Tenn. has just completed a $280,000 renovation of the Surgery Department and the Behavioral Health department, which includes Senior Care.  Saint Thomas Health is a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

The Behavioral Health department has 10 beds, and is “usually at capacity,” according to Andy Wachtel, CEO of Saint Thomas Highlands, Saint Thomas DeKalb and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospitals.  Paint, new flooring, cabinetry and updated workstations were included in the renovation, the first for this hospital department in nearly 10 years.  Saint Thomas Health purchased the hospital in 2015.

The Surgery Department was also repainted and refloored, and workstations were remodeled.  “We have two surgical suites which are nearly always scheduled and full with between 175 and 200 surgeries every month,” Wachtel said.  “We performed both of these significant renovations while our normal hospital operations continued.”  Wachtel said maintaining and upgrading the hospital’s facilities at Saint Thomas Highlands is important for both patients and employees.  “We want our hospital to be updated, fresh and clean,” he said.  “Aesthetics is an important part of patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction.  At Saint Thomas Health, we are always focused first on clinical care that is compassionate and with good outcomes for our patients.  We know health care is a competitive market, and we want to be the best choice for our patients in Sparta and the surrounding region.”

Wachtel added the hospital, which is approximately 40 years old, looks “really good. The front entrance, common areas, cafeteria and patient rooms have all been remodeled, and this recent renovation was the next step for our overall facility plan,” he said.



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.   Visit www.sthealth.com.

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