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Recognized for “A Time to Build Up” campaign

Middle Tennessee Medical Center Foundation honored for philanthropic efforts

The Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) Foundation received national recognition recently when they were awarded the Sister Mary Walter Boyle Excellence in Philanthropy Award by the Ascension Health Council. MTMC is part of Saint Thomas Health, a member of Ascension Health.

Established in 1997, the award is given each year at the Ascension Health Council on Philanthropy’s Annual Education Conference to a foundation or ministry for improving the health status of the community they serve through innovative programs or projects that are funded mainly by the foundation or a related organization.

Among 14 applicants, the MTMC foundation was honored for its work on the “A Time to Build Up” campaign that raised $20 million for the new MTMC building. The campaign started in 2007 with a focus on providing local community support for the building of the new hospital that opened in October 2010. Over 230 donors participated in the campaign to date with the Christy Houston Foundation providing the first campaign gift of $10 million to name the emergency department and provide a solid foundation of support going forward.

“We are deeply honored to be recognized for the completion of the “A Time to Build Up” capital campaign, which occurred during difficult economic times,” said Anne Davis, Director of the MTMC Foundation.  “This award recognizes the tremendous effort that many staff and volunteers put into the project, over a five and a half year period. Going forward we hope to continue this meaningful work in support of our local community.”

The “A Time to Build Up” campaign cabinet was comprised of Chairman Bill Jones, Gordon Ferguson, David Jones, Ted LaRoche, Matt Murfree, Tom Provow, Kathy Ryan and John Sant Amour.

The Sister Mary Walter Boyle Excellence in Philanthropy Award selection committee is comprised of a representative from the Ascension Health sponsors, a representative from the organization who won the award the previous year and the award co-chairs. There is a total cash award of $2,000, with $1,000 designated to the award winning program that was nominated and $1,000 designated to the award-winning foundation to be used for staff development and continuing education.

About Middle Tennessee Medical Center

Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) is a member of Saint Thomas Health, Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States For more information, visit or


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