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Saint Thomas West Hospital's Unity brain tumor system sees 100th patient

While brain tumors impact a small percentage of the population, this disease has a dramatic effect on patients, their wellbeing and their families. 

A little more than a year ago, Saint Thomas Health launched its Unity System, the first fully-integrated brain tumor center of its kind in the United States, in order to provide a comprehensive approach to the treatment of brain tumors. Today, the system has treated 100 patients.

The Unity System includes a unique arrangement of leading edge technologies to seamlessly create a virtual operating room where physicians can join together and work in real-time as a unified team to determine the best treatment plan for that patient. Then, every week a team of 15 clinicians, including neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists, meets to discuss patients from a proactive perspective, not retrospectively, which allows for more efficient care coordination and better patient consultation. 

In 2011, the brain tumor board of physicians at Saint Thomas Hospital reviewed more than 500 brain tumor cases, making them a leading brain tumor treatment site regionally and nationally. Since the Unity System launched in 2012, the group has continued to serve a large volume of patients while also revolutionizing the way those patients receive care.   

Some additional successes of the Unity System since its launch are:  

  • The Unity System includes Tennessee’s first Adult Intraoperative MRI Hybrid Neurology operating room
  • The system served as an investigational site for the DCVAX Tumor Vaccine Trial 

Saint Thomas Health has a tradition of excellence in bringing the most advanced equipment and services to brain tumor treatment – the Unity System is a prime example of that.  

Unity is the term that articulates the collaboration between the clinicians, the support of Saint Thomas Health administration and industry partners providing the enabling technologies.  

Please visit the Saint Thomas Hospital Unity System webpage for more information. 

About Saint Thomas West Hospital

Saint Thomas Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health, 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 Midtown Hospital, Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery 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, please visit or


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