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Saint Thomas Health renames hospitals

Posted: Updated: July 11, 2013 05:31 PM

Saint Thomas Health has renamed its five hospitals in Middle Tennessee to better reflect the organization's common mission of improving the health of the communities it serves.

In a news conference Thursday morning, leaders said renaming the hospitals also publicly reflects the size and scope of the Saint Thomas health system.
Saint Thomas and Baptist hospitals and the Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville are now under the Saint Thomas Health banner.

The new names are as follows:
- Saint Thomas West Hospital (formerly Saint Thomas Hospital)
- Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (formerly Baptist Hospital)
- Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital (formerly Middle Tennessee Medical Center)
- Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital (formerly Hickman Community Hospital)
- Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery (formerly The Hospital for Spinal Surgery)  

According to a release, the decision was based on extensive research and in consideration of the health system's strategic direction.

"We have done a lot of thinking about the brand promise and that is a universal good experience wherever you encounter us," Dr. Michael Schatzlein said.

According to Dr. Schatzlein, people not knowing that St. Thomas runs four other hospitals was a key reason for the change.

"Surveys show that 50% of the Middle Tennesseans do not know that we are affiliated," he said.  

Physician practices owned by Saint Thomas Health and joint ventures in which the health care system participates will also be unified under the Saint Thomas Health banner.

The hospital renaming also affects the facility where the Tennessee Titans' offices are housed and the team practices.  Baptist Sports Park is now Saint Thomas Sports Park.

St. Thomas CEO Schatzlein also confirmed word of recent layoffs within the health care system he runs.

"We try to avoid layoffs whenever we can, there have been some, but I was asked this morning at a town hall meeting if there would be more and I can't say there won't be," he told Nashville's News 2.

While Dr. Schatzlein CEO did not address the total of layoffs in the past month, one laid off worker has told Nashville's News 2 well over 100 people in the St. Thomas system no longer have jobs.  

"I really need to characterize this as improving our processes to improve our quality and safety, and lowering our costs, so it's different than we are in trouble and having a layoff," said the CEO while addressing the job cuts.

Other Middle Tennessee health care groups, like Vanderbilt Medical Center and Blanchfield Army Hospital at Fort Campbell, have also acknowledged recent layoffs.

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