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Saint Thomas Health to host medical mission event in Hickman County

NASHVILLE, TENN. – April 5, 2013 - As part of Saint Thomas Health’s commitment to serve the poor and vulnerable in Middle Tennessee, the five-hospital health system will host a free medical screening event in Hickman County on Saturday, April 13. 

The Hickman “Medical Mission at Home” event will be held at the National Guard Armory, located at 150 Universal Drive in Centerville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Volunteer medical personnel, including, physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, technicians, pharmacists and dozens of other hospital staff from Hickman Community Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Saint Thomas Hospital, will provide free medical, dental and optical check-ups, along with pharmacy services from the Dispensary of Hope to Hickman County residents most in need. 

“It is our responsibility as a mission-driven ministry to care for the poor and vulnerable, especially in our own communities," said Nancy Anness, vice president of advocacy, access and community outreach for Saint Thomas Health. "Hickman County is one of the poorest counties in Tennessee and we are compelled to serve their residents."

Hickman County has approximately 24,000 residents. More than 13 percent of the residents are uninsured. More than 40 percent of Hickman County residents are living below 200 percent of the poverty level with 16 percent of residents living in poverty. 

“Our hospital, as well as our county, is grateful for this commitment to serve those needing care,” said Kevin Campbell, mission leader at Hickman Community Hospital and director of mission integration for Saint Thomas Health. “There are so many residents here that can’t afford to see a physician and get regular checkups. Often, people have to buy food or pay rent instead of addressing their serious health issues. Having this event will be a true blessing for so many.” 

About Saint Thomas Health

Saint Thomas Health is 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 www.sths.com.

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