Nashville's three biggest health-care providers, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, HCA TriStar and St. Thomas Health, continue to grow and earn national recognition for their high level of care.
Vanderbilt Medical Center, one of Nashville's most widely recognized names in health care, recently ranked among the leading Most Wired Hospitals in America by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine for the eighth year.
“We have more than 70 top professionals working in our biomedical informatics department, making sure that our two hospitals and many clinics are completely wired with regard to computers, patient records, surgical equipment and so forth,” says John Howser, Vanderbilt University Medical Center assistant vice chancellor for the Office of News and Communication. “We aren’t completely paperless – no place can be completely paperless in health care – but we are as close as we can get in our hospitals and clinics.”
Other accolades for Vanderbilt are its medical and nursing schools, ranked among the top 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt's rating as the No. 1 children’s hospital in America by U.S. News.
“We are Tennessee’s only complete solid organ transplant center – heart, kidney, liver, lung – and also perform pediatric heart transplants,” Howser says. “Of Vanderbilt's 35 to 40 heart transplants each year, about 6 to 7 are for children.”
The number of heart transplants at Vanderbilt continues to grow, along with its groundbreaking research in cancer and stroke teatment. The hospital recently completed a $30 million, 33-bed, 30,000-square-foot expansion of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and is planning another at its branch in Williamson County, which is also home to a new $7.6 million neuroscience laboratory for the hospital.
Middle Tennessee's largest health-care system, Hospital Corporation of America & TriStar Health System, is recognized for its patient safety and cancer programs as well as technological advances in its cardiac care. HCA TriStar's area facilities include Centennial Medical Center, Skyline Medical Center‚ Hendersonville Medical Center‚ StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna and Horizon Medical Center in Dickson. All five hospitals were named Top Performers in Quality and Patient Safety for 2012 by the Joint Commission.
Thomson Reuters recognized St. Thomas Health in 2012 for its safety, oncology and cardiology programs. Its advanced treatment for brain tumors is offered at its new fully integrated neurosurgical center. St. Thomas Health oversees Nashville area facilities such as St. Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, The Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Hickman Community Hospital and Baptist Sports Medicine. A $110 expansion is under way at St. Thomas Hospital that will include a new six-level patient tower.