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The Baptist Healing Trust awards $35,980 grant to Saint Thomas Health to support diabetes management

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 24, 2013 – Saint Thomas Health has received a $35,980 grant from The Baptist Healing Trust to support diabetes management efforts through the Centering Diabetes peer-to-peer support group at the Saint Thomas Family Health Center South on Edmonson Pike in Nashville. 

Currently, the South clinic has a predominately Spanish-speaking patient population, of which many present with diabetes or pre-diabetes symptoms. 

The grant will fund training efforts for staff, partial salary for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and exercise instructor, and supplies needed for the program. 

The South clinic has previously piloted two Centering Diabetes sessions with 14 patients. The response to sessions and educational information has been positive and staff anticipates the first year of the program to include 75 diabetic and pre-diabetic patients. 

“Our program provides an opportunity for patients to learn about diabetes management, discuss lifestyle components such as nutrition and exercise, and interact with other patients with similar experiences,” said Sister Doris Clippard, Centering Diabetes program manager and adult nurse practitioner at the South clinic. “It bridges service gaps and improves outcomes for patients by creating culturally and language sensitive, affordable and accessible services.” 

The Saint Thomas Health coalition of family health centers includes: Saint Thomas Family Health Center West on Charlotte Ave. in Nashville, Saint Thomas Family Health Center South on Edmonson Pike in Nashville, Baptist/UT Medical Clinic on the Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital campus in Nashville, Saint Louise Clinic in Murfreesboro, Hickman Medical Clinic – Lyles and Hickman Medical Clinic – Centerville. For more information, visit

The Baptist Health Trust recently awarded funds totaling almost $1.2 million in the most recent grant cycle to 29 local non-profits for a variety of health related projects, according to President & CEO Dr. Cathy Self.  The Baptist Healing Trust fosters access to compassionate healthcare in Middle Tennessee through its grant making and programs. 

Recipients of the contributions include non-profit organizations from all over Middle Tennessee working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community’s most vulnerable.  This year’s grants bring the collective grant making of the Baptist Healing Trust to over $61 million since 2002.  

About Saint Thomas Health

Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united under the common mission of one healing community. With more than 7,000 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 – Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro and Saint Thomas Hickman 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


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