Saint Thomas Rutherford hosted a topping out ceremony



(MURFREESBORO) Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital hosted a topping out ceremony to celebrate construction of the highest point of its vertical expansion at their Medical Center Parkway campus. The celebration included representatives of the hospital board, Foundation board and management team.

The beam that marks the highest point of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital was placed on February 26, 2019, painted white and signed by those present before being hoisted to the top of the building. Three additional floors and 72 beds are being added to the west patient tower of the hospital, which totals an additional 60,000 square feet.

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital CEO Gordon Ferguson said, "When we opened the doors to this hospital in 2010, we could not imagine that just 8 short years later, we would need to expand to keep up with the growth of this area. It's been an honor to witness the ways that Murfreesboro has developed and for Saint Thomas to be a partner to the community alongside this journey."

The expansion project is due to be completed in the summer of 2020.

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 $127 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2018. 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 more than 2,600 sites of care - including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities - in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.sthealth.com.