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Saint Thomas Health announces 2013 Seton Society inductees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 25, 2013 – Saint Thomas Health is pleased to announce its 2013 Seton Society inductees – four individuals being honored for their everyday gifts of compassion, courage and dedication and extraordinary spirit of leadership and service to Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and the Nashville community. 

Compassion, leadership, courage, dedication, faith, generosity – each member of the Seton Society exemplifies the tradition of service established by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, one of the founders of the Daughters of Charity, more than 200 years ago. The 2013 Seton Society inductees include: 

  • Debbie Craig

To Debbie Craig, marrying C.A. “Neil” Craig, II was the biggest event in her life. To Baptist Hospital, their union resulted in one of the biggest impacts on wound and patient care in Nashville and throughout the region. In 2007 Mr. Craig developed non-healing wounds as a result of a long-term chronic illness, and he sought care at the Wound Care Center at Baptist Hospital. When Mr. Craig had to return in 2008, they both noticed changes and Mrs. Craig saw the need for a better patient experience. After her husband’s death in 2009, she reached out to the Baptist Hospital family and the idea for a new center emerged. Through a generous donation from the Craig Family Foundation, the Craig Center for Advanced Wound Healing opened in April 2013. “I learned through my husband’s suffering that there was an opportunity to help rebuild the lives of other patients,” Mrs. Craig said. “Not only will the new center help heal people with chronic wounds, but the architecture of the new building really picks up your spirits and will give hope to people coming in the door.” 

  • Cordia W. Harrington
Cordia W. Harrington moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1996 to build the first Bun Bakery, primarily to serve McDonald’s restaurants. Today, she is the owner and CEO of the Tennessee Bun Company, which has six product lines and serves 30 national and international companies. Harrington’s first experience with Saint Thomas Health was with her father’s four-month stay at Saint Thomas Hospital. “The care of the physicians and nurses saved him,” she said. “They loved him back to life.” Today, Saint Thomas Health continues to benefit from Harrington’s passion and support. She donates her time and resources to promoting the annual Rock the Cradle event as well as the Saint Thomas Health mission.

  • Dr. Robert H. Latham
During medical school, Dr. Latham was on track to become an endocrinologist, when he had the opportunity to investigate the histoplasmosis outbreak in Hopkinsville, Ky. While studying this fungal disease, which primarily affects the lungs, he discovered his interest in infectious diseases. Dr. Latham’s dedication and commitment to his work is matched by his care and concern for his patients. Though he studied and trained at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Latham always held Saint Thomas Hospital in high regard. “There is no place like it and its mission,” he said. “Every day something happens to remind you that you’re working at a place that’s different. Everyone has a story, and it doesn’t matter where they come from or what their background is, they deserve the best from you.” Even in the midst of a clinical challenge in the Nashville community, Dr. Latham’s commitment to patient care came through to those he helped.

 

  • Dr. A. Brian Wilcox, Jr.
In college, Dr. Wilcox valued having the opportunity to serve others and decided on the field of surgery because of the ability to make extraordinary difference in patients’ lives in a matter of hours. Today, Dr. Wilcox still feels rewarded by perform­ing surgery, but it’s no longer just about what happens on the operating table. “Sometimes, just sitting at someone’s bedside, reassuring them or explaining to them what’s going to happen, I find that as satisfying as an operation,” he said. “I feel completely responsible for that patient’s well-being – from the moment I’m asked to see them until they’re discharged and doing well.” Because of his excellence in service to his patients and the hospital, Dr. Wilcox has held numerous leadership roles, including Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff. In 2011, he was named medical director of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Baptist Hospital, and has worked with fellow Seton honoree Debbie Craig on the vision and development of the new Craig Center for Advanced Wound Healing.
 

All four of the 2013 Seton Society inductees will be honored during the Seton Celebration on Saturday, April 27 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. All proceeds from the event, hosted by the Foundations of Saint Thomas Health, will benefit the Dispensary of Hope and patients in need at Baptist Hospital and Saint Thomas Hospital. 

Sponsors of the 2013 Seton Celebration include First Tennessee, HealthSpring, Premier Radiology and United Surgical Partners International (gold level); Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, Capella Healthcare and Lipman Brothers (silver level); Turner (bronze level); and Brainlab Inc. (copper level). 

To become a patron of this event or to make a donation in honor of the inductees, please visit the Seton Celebration website or contact Susan Swartz at 284-2094. 

The Seton Society was established 23 years ago by the Daughters of Charity and is named in honor of the first American-born saint, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Her dedication to social ministry, education and volunteerism lives on in the nurses, physicians, health care workers and community volunteers inducted into the Seton Society. 

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, the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.sths.com

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