'The fact that we're faith-based is part of everything we do'

When people visit Saint Thomas Health, they always say it feels unique, although it is hard to say why.


The caregivers and staff who work at Saint Thomas Health know this uniqueness stems from its faith-based approach to care.


"We're not just another hospital here," explains B.J. Butler, a manager at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. "The fact that we're faith-based is part of everything we do."


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Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.

As an integrated ministry, we will help people lead healthier lives, transforming the healthcare experience through trusted personal relationships and holistic, reverent care.

The history of Saint Thomas Health begins with the Daughters of Charity, a Catholic community of religious women founded in Paris, France in 1633. The Daughters of Charity were invited to Nashville in 1898 by the Catholic bishop of Nashville, Thomas Byrne.