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Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown Breaks Ground on Transformative Facility Developments

First series of investments for new rehabilitation hospital and surgery and critical care tower underway

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 6, 2020) – Ascension Saint Thomas recently announced plans for financial investments in clinical program development and a transformative campus development at Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown. The first series of developments is now underway with the recent groundbreaking of the new Ascension Saint Thomas Rehabilitation Hospital, in partnership with Kindred Healthcare, and the Ascension Saint Thomas Surgery & Critical Care Tower.

The new 40-bed acute rehabilitation facility, with all private rooms, will serve patients who require rehabilitation following a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or similar medical conditions. The 114,500-square-foot, two-story facility will complement the clinical advancements that Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown and its affiliated physicians offer patients in the areas of neurological, orthopedic and cardiac care. 

The new surgery and critical care tower will be designed by patients, families and clinicians to create a curated patient journey. Every aspect of the patient journey is considered for convenience, ease of access and the experience of a boutique specialty environment. The tower includes 198,000 square feet of space, 18 operating suites, an additional six operating suites planned for future expansion, 36 critical care rooms and 63 post-anesthesia care unit bays for recovery. In each area of the enhanced campus, patients and visitors will benefit from the “hospital within a hospital” model, offering dedicated parking, valet parking, patient welcome/registration and family spaces in a quieter, hotel-style environment. 

“Ascension Saint Thomas is responding to the needs of our patients and their families by providing a new acute rehabilitation facility and a surgery and critical care tower that supports their journey to healing and an exceptional patient experience,” said Tim Adams, president & CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas. “We are honored to announce these important investments to ensure we meet the critical needs of patients in our region.”

”Ascension Saint Thomas’ Mission focuses on creating a healing environment essential to patient care. These additions will bring state-of-the-art care through purposeful design and technology to patients,” said Dr. Greg James, chief clinical officer, Ascension Saint Thomas. “Both Ascension Saint Thomas’ Rehabilitation Hospital and the surgery and critical care tower will be led by an expert team of clinicians dedicated to providing high-quality services and passionate advocacy for patients that enhance the lives of individuals throughout the communities we are privileged to serve.”

“Ascension Saint Thomas Rehabilitation Hospital will be dedicated to providing high-quality inpatient rehabilitation services and passionate advocacy for patients that enhance the lives of individuals in Nashville and the state,” said Russ Bailey, chief operating officer of Kindred Rehabilitation Hospitals. “We look forward to partnering with Ascension Saint Thomas to offer increased access to quality care focused on providing hope, healing and recovery.”


About Ascension Saint Thomas

In Tennessee, Ascension Saint Thomas operates nine hospital campuses 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 10,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension Saint Thomas provided more than $150 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2020. 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. 

Media Contact:
Michelle Heard
Ascension Saint Thomas


About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, LLC is a healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $3.2 billion(1). At March 31, 2020, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 31,800 employees providing healthcare services in 1,731 locations in 46 states, including 64 long-term acute care hospitals, 21 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 10 sub-acute units, 95 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based), contract rehabilitation service businesses which served 1,541 non-affiliated sites of service, and behavioral health services. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for nine years, Kindred’s mission is to help our patients reach their highest potential for health and healing with intensive medical and rehabilitative care through a compassionate patient experience. For more information, go to You can also follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

Media Contact:
Susan E. Moss.
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Kindred Healthcare

(1) Revenues for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2020