Nashville is widely known as Music City USA, but its diversified health-care industry is actually the region’s largest nongovernmental employer. Immediate care on the cutting edge of technology is available at more than 30 hospitals‚ medical centers‚ clinics and specialty centers in the region. Nashville also is home to many hospital management and health-care administration businesses, specialty companies and medical research and teaching facilities.
World Class Hospitals
HCA headquarters are in Nashville, and its local hospitals are known for their surgical and cardiovascular care. Area HCA facilities include Centennial Medical Center, Summit Medical Center‚ Skyline Medial Center‚ Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, Hendersonville Medical Center‚ Southern Hills Medical Center, Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna and Horizon Medical Center in Dickson.
Baptist Hospital is Nashville’s largest not-for-profit medical center. Founded in 1919‚ the hospital’s main campus covers nearly 2 million square feet and spans more than six city blocks. Baptist Hospital has achieved multiple HealthGrades five-star ratings in cardiac care, orthopedics, pulmonary care and gastrointestinal surgery. The hospital also is well known for its Women’s Pavilion‚ where approximately 7‚000 babies are delivered each year – more than any other hospital in Middle Tennessee.
Saint Thomas Hospital‚ operated by the Daughters of Charity and founded in 1898‚ is nationally recognized for its outstanding cardiac and cancer units. It has been recognized many times as a Top 100 Hospital by Thomson Reuters Healthcare, and has received HealthGrades awards for patient experience, patient safety and clinical excellence.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)‚ one of the nation’s premier research and teaching facilities‚ employs more than 14,000 people full-time and is renowned for its excellence across a broad spectrum of specialties, including orthopedics‚ cardiology and heart surgery‚ urology, cancer treatment, endocrinology‚ as well as for general pediatrics, neonatal care and pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. VUMC marked a new era in pediatric care when it opened Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, in 2003.
Diversified Health Care Industry
The city’s strong tradition of supporting private sector health-care ventures began more than 40 years ago with the creation of HCA Inc. in 1968. That company is now the world’s largest private hospital and clinic operator, and it’s widely given credit for fueling the growth of health-care-related companies in Nashville.
The Nashville area also is home to Community Health Systems, headquartered in Franklin. Community Health Systems is another national leader in hospital management, as its affiliates own, operate or lease more than 126 hospitals in 29 states.
In addition to hospital ownership and management‚ strong growth segments include ambulatory care‚ assisted living and senior care services‚ biotechnology‚ clinical research‚ disease management‚ and health-information technology.
In the four decades since HCA’s beginnings, Nashville has become home to more than 250 health-care companies that account for $62 billion in annual revenue and more than 400,000 jobs globally, according to data from The Nashville Health Care Council, an affiliate of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce that fosters the growth of the local health-care community. Companies within these segments – such as Healthways‚ AmSurg Corp.‚ HealthStream‚ Meretek‚ Renal Care Group‚ WebMD Transaction Services Division (formerly Envoy)‚ PASSPORT Health‚ Cumberland Pharmaceuticals‚ EBM Solutions and many others – are examples of the broad-based entrepreneurial spirit and management expertise that characterize Nashville’s health-care industry.
Education, Research and Development
Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College‚ the city’s outstanding medical schools‚ produce some of the nation’s most accomplished physicians and other health-care professionals. Since awarding its first medical degrees in 1875‚ Vanderbilt has built an international reputation for its biomedical research and its contributions to the advancement of medicine. Vanderbilt’s Office of Technology Transfer actively works to transfer promising new biotechnologies to the private sector through small-company start-ups and in conjunction with existing companies. The school proudly claims two Nobel laureates.
In early 1999‚ Vanderbilt announced a cooperative agreement with the city’s other outstanding medical school‚ Meharry. While both institutions remain independent‚ the two collaborate on research‚ the education of medical students‚ and the use of library resources and facilities. Meharry‚ which was founded in 1876‚ is one of the nation’s most prestigious predominantly black colleges.