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Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown Celebrates 'Topping Out' of New Surgery and Critical Care Tower

NASHVILLE Tenn. – Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown hosted an intimate celebration on Thursday to commemorate the 'topping out' of the new Surgery and Critical Care Tower and the ongoing construction progress of the Rehabilitation Hospital in partnership with Kindred Healthcare.

These projects are part of an overall campus transformation or “Midtown Modernization” that encompasses more than $300 million in investments. Physician-led clinical program development and every aspect of the patient experience have been considered in the creation of this hospital of the future. Priorities include ease of access, enhanced wayfinding, boutique retail experiences, dedicated underground parking for each new building, and technology-enabled communication zones. 

To honor the crucial role of our caregivers in our mission to provide high-quality care to our community and their inspiration in the design of the Midtown Modernization, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown physicians and associates were invited to sign the final steel beam before it was placed atop the Surgery and Critical Care Tower during the ceremony. 

Thursday’s celebration took place on the 9th-floor rooftop of the parking garage at 222 22nd Avenue North. Private hard-hat tours were given directly following the ceremony. The event was emceed by Jonathan Hutton, Host of OutKick 360 on FOX Outkick Network. Leaders from Ascension Saint Thomas, Medxcel, Kindred Healthcare, Turner Construction, and Gresham Smith were also in attendance, including: Tim Adams, president and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas; Dr. Shubhada Jagasia, president and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown; Greg Pope, chief mission officer, Ascension Saint Thomas; Father Calin Tamiian, spiritual care director, Ascension Saint Thomas; Russ Bailey, president, Kindred Rehabilitation Services; and Matt Keahey, national vice president of operations, Medxcel. 

“It’s remarkable that we have continued this growth during a pandemic, and I am incredibly proud and thankful for every physician, nurse, clinical leader, and team member within the walls of our healthcare community,” said Dr. Shubhada Jagasia, president and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown. “Through our Midtown Modernization and the leadership of our physician partners, we are enhancing the way we deliver healthcare in Nashville and beyond.” 

“We are excited to achieve this construction milestone today and thrilled to be a part of this exciting development,” added Russ Bailey, president, Kindred Rehabilitation Services. “Our partnership with Ascension Saint Thomas to build the 40-bed, state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital will address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services and help improve the lives of Tennessee citizens.”


About Ascension Saint Thomas

In Tennessee, Ascension Saint Thomas operates 10 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 $154 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2021. Serving Tennessee for 20 years, Ascension is a faith-based health care organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable.


About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, LLC is the nation’s leading specialty hospital company delivering acute health services in its long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, acute rehabilitation units, and behavioral health line of business, all specializing in treating the most medically complex patients. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, and 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.