Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital has accepted a $6 million donation from the Christy-Houston Foundation to be used for hospital expansions currently underway. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system.
Leadership from Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and the Christy-Houston Foundation board announced the gift at The Rutherford Society Gala last month.
The hospital recently began construction to expand the emergency department by adding a Clinical Decision Unit and announced a vertical expansion plan to add 72 medical patient beds. The gift from the Christy-Houston Foundation launches a 2018 fundraising campaign with the goal of supplementing the services provided by the upcoming hospital expansions.
"We are honored to accept this generous gift from the Christy-Houston Foundation which serves as a remarkable catalyst for the expansion of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, ensuring the healthcare needs of Murfreesboro and surrounding communities are met for years to come," said Gordon Ferguson, CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and President of Saint Thomas Regional Hospitals. "We are grateful for the opportunity to use the Christy-Houston Foundation's donation to offer expanded access and care excellence to those we serve."
Since its inception in 1986, The Christy-Houston Foundation has helped fund construction costs and other projects for nonprofits, primarily in Rutherford County, including providing the lead gift for the capital campaign to construct the existing Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital facility.
"As we continue to experience growing healthcare needs in Rutherford County and surrounding communities, we know the expansion at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital will help to better serve the community," said Bill Jones, Chairman of the Christy-Houston Foundation Board. "It has been a pleasure to chart a new course and help launch a campaign to support the future of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital."
This year marked the 11th annual Rutherford Society Gala in celebration of the 34th year of the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation, which included more than 400 attendees. This annual stewardship event is a way to thank and acknowledge the Foundation's most loyal supporters.
ABOUT THE CHRISTY-HOUSTON FOUNDATION
The Christy-Houston Foundation, Inc. is a private, health legacy Foundation that strives to enhance the quality of life in Rutherford County, by distributing grants to local programs and projects that reflect their mission. There is a special emphasis on health care grants, as the Foundation was formed from the sale of Middle Tennessee Medical Center to Saint Thomas and Baptist Hospitals in a history-making venture in 1986. Since 1986, $109 Million has been reinvested in projects to benefit Rutherford County residents and non-profits.
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 $92 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2017. 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