Medical Centers Provide Care for Patients in Franklin, TN
Top-quality hospitals offer close-to-home treatment options
PHOTO CREDIT: Wendy Jo O'Barr
The medical community in Williamson County is anchored by four major health-care providers. Here's a snapshot of each:
Williamson Medical Center
The 185-bed hospital that opened in 1958 serves the county's patients well throgh a full range of new and updated services. Williamson Medical Center provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, including emergency (ER) services, and boasts credentialed physicians in 53 specialties and sub-specialties.
As its vibrant community's flagship medical facility, WMC is home to more than 1,400 employees managing 10,000 inpatient visits and 35,000 emergency visits each year. Physicians perform about 7,000 surgeries annually.
Vanderbilt in Williamson County
Throughout Williamson County, Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center oversees 16 facilities that include Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Cool Springs, Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Vanderbilt Cool Springs Surgery Center on Mallory Lane, and two walk-in clinics (Brentwood and Franklin) operated through its burgeoning partnership with Williamson Medical Center.
Saint Thomas Health
While its main campuses are in west Nashville and midtown, Saint Thomas Health (STH) also has a presence in Williamson County and is taking steps to increase it. STH operates a cardiac center at Williamson Medical Center and an outpatient rehabilitation clinic in Cool Springs. Saint Thomas recently applied for certificate-of-need (C.O.N.) approval from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to build a $6.7 million, freestanding emergency center near Old Hickory Boulevard and I-65, adjacent to Premier Radiology Brentwood. (STH is Premier's majority owner.) If approved, the ER would include eight treatment rooms.
HCA's TriStar Health, which operates 15 hospitals and 10 ambulatory surgery centers in Tennessee, South Central Kentucky and North Georgia, also is expanding its footprint in Williamson County. TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in south Nashville has served many of the county's residents since 1979, but in recent years TriStar has made deeper forays. It opened a standalone ER in fast-growing Spring Hill in 2012, and has applied for a C.O.N. to build an $11 million, freestanding emergency department at Old Hickory Boulevard and American General Way—less than a mile from the proposed Saint Thomas ER facility.