January 30, 2018
source: By   –  Reporter, Nashville Business Journal

Saint Thomas Health wants to meet patients where they are. Increasingly, that’s in Williamson County.

Saint Thomas, No. 9 on the Nashville Business Journal’s list of top employers with more than 6,000 area employees, and Saint Thomas Medical Partners held a grand opening for their new care center at 3301 Aspen Grove Drive in Cool Springs on Monday.

The 8,124-square-foot center will provide primary care, imaging, integrative medicine and nutrition therapy to a population that has seen 15 percent growth in the past five years, according to a 2017 Williamson Inc. report. Saint Thomas also has a care center in Brentwood.

“It’s one of the fastest-growing areas in our market,” said Saint Thomas Health President and CEO Tim Adams, who took over the job from Karen Springer at the start of the year. “Today’s health care consumer wants to get access to health care close to home and work — and so to be able to do this in a cost-efficient way is very important to our mission.”

The center will be led by Dr. Phaythoune Chothmounethinh and Dr. Diana S. Sepehri-Harvey. It will offer extended hours, until 7 p.m., on weekdays.

Saint Thomas Medical Partners President and CEO Yvette Doran said the center is part of a larger effort by Saint Thomas — a subsidiary of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit hospital system — to make care more accessible to patients. The care center is the fifth in the medical partner’s system; similar clinics in Hendersonville, Bellevue, Antioch and Gallatin are to open by the end of the year. There are also 22 Saint Thomas Little Clinics in Krogers across Middle Tennessee.

Doran said that while the company doesn’t like to refer to its patients as consumers, Saint Thomas is adjusting to a consumerism-based health care industry.

“Saint Thomas has been on a journey to add convenience and satisfaction for the patient, as well as physicians,” Doran said. “By offering comprehensive care in their community, [patients] can forge relationships and have a longitudinal relationship with Saint Thomas, instead of episodic.”

She said the center will expand its services and hours as patient volume grows.