Smyrna's TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center Becomes First Level III ACS Verified Center in TN

Apr 27, 2023 at 05:54 pm by WGNS News

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SMYRNA, Tenn. - TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center has achieved verification as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level III Trauma Center.  TriStar StoneCrest was designated a Level III Trauma Center by the State of Tennessee Department of Health in 2018 and has become the first hospital in Tennessee to receive this additional, national verification. 


“Our TriStar StoneCrest team embodies a deeply held devotion to the timely and expert treatment of our patients at all times,” says Lou Caputo, Chief Executive Officer for TriStar StoneCrest. We are honored by this recognition, which represents a culmination of our passionate dedication and hard work to provide the best possible care to those we serve.”

The ACS survey, conducted by a team of reviewers who are experts in the field of trauma and surgical critical care, confirmed that TriStar StoneCrest provides the hospital resources and outcomes necessary for trauma care and offers a broad spectrum of services to address the needs of injured patients. The verification process of the ACS includes a highly structured and extremely stringent review of all aspects of trauma care, including services and programs provided by the Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Diagnostic Imaging, Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention and Outreach Education.

“For patients, their families and the communities we serve, ACS verification confirms that TriStar StoneCrest has demonstrated a commitment to delivering high-quality trauma care by national standards,” said Willie Melvin, III, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services.  “We are extremely proud of the life-saving work our TriStar StoneCrest team provides.”

“This achievement reaffirms the commitment our physicians, nurses and staff have made to provide exceptional services to our community, including our most severely injured patients,” said Jennifer Beecham, RN, MHA, AEMT, Trauma Director at TriStar StoneCrest. “We are equipped to stabilize any injury and, in most cases, comprehensively treat patients close to home.”

In 2022, TriStar StoneCrest treated over 1,400 trauma patients injured in Middle Tennessee, and over five thousand trauma patients have been treated since the program's inception. For more information, visit

(Continued...) About TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center - StoneCrest Medical Center is a 119-bed facility in North Rutherford County, Tenn. The TriStar Health hospital offers a full array of acute care services, including emergency care, general surgery, cardiology, obstetrics, including a level 2 NICU, intensive care, vascular, breast, urology, physical medicine, outpatient diagnostic service, podiatry, orthopedics, joint, spine, otorhinolaryngology, and cancer care through Sarah Cannon at TriStar StoneCrest. Recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for four consecutive years, recipient of the Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and Blue Distinction® Center Plus for Spine Surgery, accredited Center of Excellence in Hernia Center by the Surgical Review Corporation, and accredited by the Joint Commission for Total Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery. TriStar StoneCrest maintains its commitment to be the center of excellence for a national leader in providing quality healthcare. The facility is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Accreditation. For more information, visit

About TriStar Health - TriStar Health is the largest, most comprehensive healthcare provider in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, supporting over 430,000 patients and nearly 453,000 emergency room visits annually. TriStar Health comprises 10 hospitals, 13 emergency rooms, 21 imaging locations, 13 CareNow Urgent Care centers, 57 TriStar Medical Group provider office locations and related care areas conveniently located in communities around the region. Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Health, part of HCA’s global network of cancer experts, offers a full range of services for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation. Additional specialty care includes pediatric services provided through The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, advanced cardiology services provided through TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, and behavioral health services provided through TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion and TriStar Skyline Madison Campus. Services are supported by over 1,600 physicians and nearly 9,500 employees – including nearly 3,800 nurses - who, above all else, are committed to the care and improvement of human life. TriStar Health is an affiliate of HCA, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. Learn more at

About American College of Surgeons - The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.  The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world.  Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

PHOTO ABOVE ARTICLE - Front Row: (left to right) Kallie Lawrence, Trauma PI Coordinator at TriStar StoneCrest; Jennifer Beecham, Director of Trauma at TriStar StoneCrest; Willie Melvin, III, MD, Trauma Medical Director at TriStar StoneCrest; Natalie Whitmer, Chief Operating Officer at TriStar StoneCrest; Dr. Darrell Hunt, Trauma Medical Director at TriStar Skyline. Back Row: (Left to Right) Louis Caputo, Chief Executive Officer at TriStar StoneCrest; Bre Hutton, AVP of Clinical Excellence for TriStar Division; Amy Cason, Chief Nursing Officer at TriStar StoneCrest; Donna Lemoine, AVP of Operations, Trauma Services for CSG.

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