Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford hosted a “topping-out” ceremony June 3 to celebrate as the final beam was raised to the highest point on its newest project, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Westlawn Hospital.
The new 32,000-square-foot micro hospital was constructed to better serve the Blackman and Westlawn communities.
“High-quality health care will be more convenient and accessible here than ever before,” said Amanda Shurtz, regional CEO for Emerus, a micro-hospital developer. “I am confident that what we are building here will address some of Rutherford County’s most pressing health care needs.”
Ascension’s new medical facility will include eight private inpatient beds, eight emergency department treatment rooms and outpatient medical services. Patients will also have access to CT scan and imaging services, lab services and telemedicine services, according to Tim Adams, CEO of Ascension Saint Thomas.
“It is really a full-blown acute care facility,” said Gordon B. Ferguson, president and CEO of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford. “It is going to be much more convenient to visit for people in this area of the city without a big challenge to find parking. With our partnerships we really consider that this is going to be a small medical campus.”
The new hospital will be located on Veterans Parkway off I-840 and is expected to open in 2023.