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Saint Thomas Announces Expanded Roles For Chief Operating Officers
In a move that will further solidify its goal of “One Healing Community,” Saint Thomas Health announces the restructuring of the chief operating officer positions at Saint Thomas West Hospital (STW) and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (STM)...   FULL STORY
Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors
Ovarian cancer has no single method of prevention, however, there are still steps that can be taken to help decrease one’s likelihood of developing ovarian cancer.  Three factors are weighted more highly when assessing risk for developing...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health to host medical mission event in Nashville
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Aug. 14 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 Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 2...   FULL STORY
4 early signs you might be pregnant
Could you be pregnant? Dr. Kristina McCain, gynecologist with Saint Thomas Health, helps identify some of the early signs of pregnancy. Breast changes - breast may become swollen, sore or tender a week to two weeks after conception. Fatigue Naus...   FULL STORY
6 symptoms of a urinary tract infection
How do you know if you have a urinary tract infection (UTI)? Dr. Kristina McCain, gynecologist with Saint Thomas Health, helps identify some of the most common symptoms of a UTI. A strong, persistent urge to urinate. A burning sensation when urin...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health welcomes new gastroenterologist
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Aug. 6, 2013 -- Saint Thomas Health announces Dr. Brett Inglis will join its medical staff Sept. 2. Inglis, an internal medicine physician and board certified gastroenterologist, will see patients at Nashville Medical Gr...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital debuts new mobile health unit
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Aug. 1, 2013 – Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital debuted its new Ministry in Motion Mobile Health Unit Thursday, Aug. 1 in conjunction with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s Commerce in Motion event pr...   FULL STORY
3 things to know about gallstones
Dr. Kristina McCain, gynecologist with Saint Thomas Health, gives a few quick facts about gallstones.   Gallstones are at the top of the list being the most common digestive disease in the United States and women are twice as likely as m...   FULL STORY
5 things to know about blood sugar
What should I know about high blood sugar? Lori Black, nutritionist at Saint Thomas West Hospital, lists five things you should know and ways you may be able to lower yours. Losing weight can lower blood sugar – losing even 5-10 percent of y...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital more than doubles exclusive breastfeeding rate
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 30, 2013 – Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital has more than doubled the exclusive breastfeeding rate among new mothers who deliver at the hospital since joining the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care and Na...   FULL STORY
Ovarian cysts: Most common questions answered
Dr. Kristina McCain, gynecologist with Saint Thomas Health, gives the answers to your most common questions about ovarian cysts. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, commonly referred to as PCOS. It is characterized by hormonal imbalances and the presence...   FULL STORY
5 acne myths
Dr. Jennifer Rayburn, internal medicine practitioner for Saint Thomas Health, reveals five acne myths you might not know. The more you wash your face, the clearer your skin will be Washing your face does clear up your pores and removes oil and ...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health renames member hospitals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 11, 2013 – Saint Thomas Health, the leading faith-based health care system in Tennessee, is renaming its family of five hospitals in Middle Tennessee to better reflect the organization’s common mission. ...   FULL STORY  
Physician Focus: Dr. Charles Morton, weight loss surgeon
Meet Dr. Charles Morton, bariatric surgeon with Tennessee Bariatric Specialists at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. He was one of the first physicians in the Nashville area to begin using the lap-band gastric band weight loss system. In January, he wa...   FULL STORY  
Saint Thomas Health restructures operations, names new leadership roles
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 16, 2013 – As part of a continued effort to unite Saint Thomas Health under the common mission of “one healing community,” the organization has restructured its leadership.  Dawn Rudolph, currentl...   FULL STORY
6 tips to prevent food poisoning
Food is good. But food poisoning? Not so good. Those with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to food-borne illnesses, but there are measures you can take to prevent it. Lori Black, nutritionist at Saint Thomas West Hospital, suggests the fo...   FULL STORY
Doc Talk: The estrogen controversy with Dr. Kristina McCain
Finally – your period is over.  No more cramps, headaches and mood swings.  Now you get to deal with the hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep problems and mood swings associated menopause.  The most common treatment,...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health offers tips for a safe summer
Young children need constant supervision outdoors, but coupled with summer parties, barbecues and swimming pools, the need for supervision greatly increases.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), emergency departments treat more ...   FULL STORY
5 reasons to have a primary care physician (PCP) and how to choose the right one
1.) PCPs provide routine medical screenings based on your health history to help detect and treat disease early. In some cases, early detection can be the difference between life and death.  For example, finding cancer in early stages gives pati...   FULL STORY
Snapshot on shots: What your childs needs and when
The human body is incredible, and all of its intricacies are something many of us will never fully comprehend. As a child’s body grows and develops, it is important to make sure they are getting the appropriate shots at the appropriate time, wh...   FULL STORY
Doc Talk: Psoriasis versus eczema versus rosacea with Dr. Jennifer Rayburn
Dr. Jennifer Rayburn, internal medicine practitioner for Saint Thomas Health describes the difference between eczema and rosacea. When trying to determine whether or not you have a skin condition you may be confused whether it is psoriasis, eczema or...   FULL STORY
It's hot! 5 tips for preventing heat rash
Dr. Jennifer Rayburn, internal medicine practitioner for Saint Thomas Health, recommends the following tips for preventing heat rash. Keep the heat down in your showers Wash with fragrance-free and dye-free body cleansers Avoid using lotions, po...   FULL STORY
Baptist Hospital offers new childcare class starting July 16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 8, 2013 – Baptist Hospital is proud to announce the addition of the “Just About Baby,” childcare class starting July 16.  The class is designed for grandparents, adopting parents, nannies and anyo...   FULL STORY
Middle Tennessee Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit celebrates 15 years of care
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – July 1, 2013 -- The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Middle Tennessee Medical Center today celebrates 15 years of service to Rutherford County families, offering more babies care closer to home.  MTMC cares for...   FULL STORY
Why are sports physical required?
Participating in an organized sport is a great way to stay active. However, many schools and sports leagues require a sports physical. Why does participating in a sport mandate a physical, and what do you (or your child) need to know before visiting ...   FULL STORY
6 steps to prevent athlete's foot
Have you ever experienced an itching or burning sensation between your toes?  If so, you may have had athlete’s foot and not known it.  Athlete’s foot occurs when fungi grows between toes, causing an itching, stinging, burning,...   FULL STORY
Family or internal medicine physician: Who's right for you?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Are you confused about whether an internal medicine physician (also known as an internist) or a family medicine physician is right for you? Don’t worry—you aren’t alone. Internal medicine and family medicine phys...   FULL STORY
10 reasons to try Tai Chi
10 reasons to try Tai Chi Many today are seeking ways to cultivate greater health and wholeness.   There is particular interest in those wellness practices which afford a more holistic experience and benefit.   People not only wa...   FULL STORY
IN THE NEWS: Study finds nonprofit, church-owned hospitals better than secular
Not-for-profit, church-owned hospitals perform better than publicly- and privately-held institutions on quality, efficient return to daily life and patient satisfaction, all related to their religious mission, according to study results released toda...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health serves hundreds in Rutherford County during medical mission
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – June 13, 2013 - As part of Saint Thomas Health’s commitment to serve the poor and vulnerable in Middle Tennessee, the five-hospital health system hosted a free medical screening event in Rutherford County Saturday, J...   FULL STORY
Are you expecting? Here's what to expect from Baptist Hospital
Your bags are pack. You've taken all the classes and your ready to to meet your new baby. But do you know what to expect when you get to the hospital? Here's quick video to let you know what you can look forwad to at Baptist Hospital, where you can h...   FULL STORY  
Your baby, your way: A creative story of natural birth
Ashley Logsdon never thought she would have an emergency c-section. A self-proclaimed “granola girl” who loves being outdoors, she planned to have a natural birth. But once she was in labor with her first child, her plans had to change....   FULL STORY  
Doc Talk: 5 tips for strengthening your pelvic floor with Dr. Harriette Scarpero
Standing in line at the grocery store, sitting at your desk or watching TV—at any point during the day, you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises strengthen these muscles, which often get weak from pregnancy, childbirth, pel...   FULL STORY
Baptist Hospital offers new menu of birth options
Traditional childbirth methods seem to be old-school for many expectant mothers these days, and Baptist Hospital is excited to be offering mothers a menu of options when it comes to new birthing methods.  From tub labor to family-centered cesare...   FULL STORY  
Doc Talk: Dr. Charles Morton discusses rising
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that by 2050, people who have diabetes will comprise a third of the nation’s population. Right now, one and 12 Ameri...   FULL STORY
5 ways exercise benefits your health
It’s common knowledge that exercise is an important component of any weight-loss plan. But what if you’re already at a healthy weight and you’re not trying to achieve the “perfect beach body” advertised in women’s ...   FULL STORY
Doc Talk: Understanding menopause with Dr. Kristina McCain
A woman’s body continues to mature throughout her life, from her teenage years through her twenties and beyond. Each stage of life brings new joys, but change can be unsettling and even scary. One stage that many women have questions about is ...   FULL STORY
Baptist Hospital hosts Revive Her Health: Women, Wellness and Wine May 30
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 16, 2013 –Baptist Hospital is hosting REVIVE Her Health: Women, Wellness and Wine, a “ladies only” health event to help women take charge of their health.  The event is open to the community and wi...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health to host medical mission event in Rutherford County
MURFREESBORO, TENN. – May 15, 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 Rutherford County on Saturd...   FULL STORY
Want to have a baby? 10 tips for aspiring parents
NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – May 13, 2013 --  Deciding to have a baby can feel like standing at the bottom of a mountain, looking up at the road ahead. It’s an exciting time in your life, but the prospect of parenthood may also be daunti...   FULL STORY
Palliative care: Supporting those facing a fatal illness
In the clinical world, palliative care is known as treatment given to patients with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness. It is the specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses like cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive hear...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health celebrates National Nurses Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 6, 2013 -- National Nurses Week, celebrated from May 6 - 12, honors and recognizes registered nurses for their tireless commitment to caring for patients. National Nurses Week always begins on May 6, which is Nationa...   FULL STORY
5 ways to tackle head lice, head on
Head lice, though not harmful, are a potential health nuisance to every child. In fact, lice are often more contagious than the common cold. Dr. Latoya Woods, family medicine physician with Nashville Medical Group at Saint Thomas Hospital, has five s...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health hospitals host free skin screening May 18
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 1, 2013 – May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the Nashville Dermatology Society, in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology and Melanoma Research Foundation, is holding its annual free skin ...   FULL STORY
Gardening season: Tips for preparing meatless meals
In honor of Earth Day and National Garden Month, Saint Thomas Heart recently dedicated its April Heart Healthy Cooking Class to meatless meal options.  “There can be a number of health benefits to being a vegetarian,” said Kitty Faw...   FULL STORY
Join Middle Tennessee Medical Center for mother-daughter breast health event
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – April 29, 2013 -- Mothers and daughters often share a lot – their looks, family heirlooms or even clothing. What they can also share is an education about breast health.One in eight women will be diagnosed with breas...   FULL STORY
Listen up! 7 tips for healthy ears.
Overall health is important and often times we may overlook the ears -- so listen up! Dr. Linda McCafferty with Middle Tennessee Medical Group has some important tips for keeping your ears healthy this summer and all year round. Clean your ears wi...   FULL STORY
Training for a marathon: 6 ways to prevent and treat injuries
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 22, 2013 -- With less than a week to go until the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, Nashville runners are almost ready for big event. It may be easy for new athletes to brush off stretching before and after their wo...   FULL STORY
Doc Talk: What are those black spots on my back?
Dr. Jennifer Rayburn, internal medicine specialist with Nashville Medical Group at Baptist Hospital, answers your questions about skin care and just what are those black spots on your back.For more information, or to make an appointment, visit w...   FULL STORY  
Baptist Hospital offers free cancer transitions workshop for patients, survivors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 15, 2013 – Baptist Hospital, in collaboration with Saint Thomas Health, is offering Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment, a free six-week workshop designed to help cancer patients make the transition from a...   FULL STORY
4 tips to manage stress during pregnancy... for you and baby!
It’s often impossible to avoid stress. However, Baptist Hospital's Maternal and Infant Services team has a few suggestions on healthy ways to manage it:  1.  Live well. Eat a nutritious diet, exercise according to your doctor’s...   FULL STORY
5 natural remedies for better sleep
Sleep is imperative to helping your body function most efficiently. But sometimes, falling asleep can be difficult. Here are a few natural remedies from Dr. Kelly Carden with Sleep Medicine of Middle Tennessee, an affiliate of Saint Thomas Physician ...   FULL STORY
Doc Talk: Do I need a health care advance directive?
Tuesday, April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, dedicated to encouraging people to complete health care advance directives, better known as a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care.This annual eve...   FULL STORY
Doc Talk: 5 most common high risk pregnancy services from Dr. Connie Graves
Pregnancy complications are scary. Some complications may mean you need special care, some can be managed easily and some can be life threatening. But having a high-risk pregnancy doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy, full-term baby. Her...   FULL STORY
7 safe sleep guidelines to protect your baby
Despite a major decrease in the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) since 1992, the decline has plateaued according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and other causes of sleep-related death have increased. For Tennessee in 2010, the ...   FULL STORY
5 questions to ask when choosing a doctor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 15, 2013 -- Choosing a doctor is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. Yet many people spend more time researching a new appliance purchase than their physician. Part of the problem is that o...   FULL STORY
Middle Tennessee Medical Center offers free breast reduction seminar
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-April 15, 2013- Middle Tennessee Medical Center will host a free breast reduction seminar 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 25 in Classroom B on the first floor of the hospital featuring Dr. Nicholas Tarola, an MTMC plastic surgeon with extens...   FULL STORY
National Minority Health Month: Saint Thomas Health's La Clinica Nueva Vida offers access, care
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- April 10, 2013 – National Minority Health Month raises awareness of the health needs of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and other minorities that are at a disproportionately high risk for preventable i...   FULL STORY
Doc Talk: Skin cleaning tips from Dr. Jennifer Rayburn
I am a woman who loves wearing makeup. I have probably tried every product on the market at one time in my life (or close to it). Growing up with a father that is a dermatologist, I learned that with the love of makeup comes the responsibility of car...   FULL STORY
Middle Tennessee Medical Center raises Donate Life flag
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – April 8, 2013 --- Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) is pleased to announce it has raised the Donate Life flag during the month of April.  The hospital partners with Tennessee Donor Services to recognize April as ...   FULL STORY
'Tis the season for wheezin' -- How to choose the best allergy meds for your symptoms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 8, 2013 -- Sneezes and sniffles, hives and itchy eyes: allergies feel like a miserable cold that just won’t go away. These symptoms often send sufferers searching for relief. But with so many types of allergy medi...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Health Sponsors
Saint Thomas Health is proud to sponsor StyleBlueprint's "Faces of Nashville," celebrating strong and health women in our community. Visit to learn about women in Nashville who are keeping our city unique and vib...   FULL STORY
The Baby Fair set to take place at Baptist Hospital April 20
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 3, 2013 - New and expectant parents will find all the information and resources they need concerning their bundles of joy during The Baby Fair, presented by Baptist Hospital and Nashville Parent. The event will be held...   FULL STORY
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- April 1, 2013 -- Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Sexual assault shouldn’t happen, but if it does, the Middle Tennessee Medical Center (M...   FULL STORY
Happy National Doctor's Day
National Doctors' Day is Saturday, March 30. Saint Thomas Health would like to thank all of its physicians for their dedication and the contributions they make daily to the healing of others. For them, we offer this prayer:"Sanctify, O Lord, those wh...   FULL STORY
A home for Sylvester: Construction begins on Saint Thomas Health Habitat for Humanity build
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- March 27, 2013 -- Construction began Saturday, March 23, on Saint Thomas Health's 2013 Habitat for Humanity house.   Volunteers worked along Sylvester McMillian, an associate of Baptist Hospital, as he realized h...   FULL STORY
Saint Thomas Hospital announces multi-year modernization project, breaks grounds on new patient tower
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 25, 2013– Saint Thomas Hospital has launched a multi-year modernization project that will improve patient-centered care by increasing patient access, and enhancing critical care and surgical services. The project ...   FULL STORY
Baptist Hospital enhances public access, completes first phase of second floor renovations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- March 12, 2013 -- Baptist Hospital has completed construction on the initial phase of its second floor project, started in June 2012.  The initial phase included creating a new corridor on the second floor, 20th Avenue side ...   FULL STORY
A Ministry of Healing: Anita has a smile
“If I hadn’t gotten the help, I don’t know what I would have done,” says Anita Dorang with tears in her eyes. Courageous and independent, Dorang has worked diligently to manage her health. Thanks to the support she has r...   FULL STORY
Free health screening March 14
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- March 11, 2013 -- Middle Tennessee Medical Center's (MTMC) Mobile Health Unit (MHU) is offering free health screenings from 8 a.m. to noon, March 14 at Habitat for Humanity, 850 Mercury Blvd. The MHU will provide free vision s...   FULL STORY
March of Dimes grant helps Saint Thomas Health Family Health Center support prenatal care
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 18, 2013 – The Saint Thomas Health Family Health Center South, located on Edmondson Pike, in Nashville, Tenn., has received a $15,562 grant from the Tennessee chapter of the March of Dimes to support a Centering Pr...   FULL STORY
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