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Arthritis Foundation Recognizes TriStar Centennial as Corporate Honoree

June 04, 2012

Annual Nashville Arthritis Walk supports the Arthritis Foundation Tennessee Chapter

Did You Know?

• There are more than 100 forms of arthritis

• Arthritis impacts 50 million Americans

• 1 in 5 Americans, including 300,000 children, have been diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor; and

• Arthritis costs the economy $128 billion annually in healthcare expenses and employee time away from work expenses.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2012)The Arthritis Foundation Tennessee Chapter recognized TriStar Centennial Medical Center as their 2012 Corporate Honoree during the annual Nashville Arthritis Walk on June 2 at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

“TriStar Centennial was selected as our Corporate Honoree this year in recognition of their support to the foundation and their commitment to providing healthcare to Middle Tennessee residents of all ages living with arthritis,” said Dorothy Scobey, development and services director of Arthritis Foundation Southeast Region, LLC.

Most people associate arthritis with and accept arthritis as a part of our bodies maturing with age. Reality is that arthritis impacts more than 50 million Americans - men and women of all ages, from childhood to mature adults. Symptoms of arthritis range from mild to severe, yet every type of arthritis impacts a person’s quality of life to a certain degree.

“TriStar Centennial’s rehabilitation department and physicians treat patients suffering from arthritis every day and yet there is still so little known about this disease that impacts millions of Americans,” said Jeff LeCates, director of rehabilitation for TriStar Centennial and Arthritis Walk volunteer team coordinator. “We want to be part of helping to change that reality by supporting the Arthritis Foundation.”

TriStar Centennial strived to enhance community awareness about the impacts of arthritis during the annual Nashville Arthritis Walk through a corporate sponsorship and also supporting with a volunteer fundraising team from the rehabilitation department. Team ‘Centennial Rehab’ had 20 volunteers walk this year – almost double the number in 2011. They raised more than $3,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

The Arthritis Foundation plays a vital role in patient advocacy, patient education, and funding medical research. Arthritis Foundation volunteers, advocates, and employees have been fostering relationships with community members and businesses to support their cause for more than 60 years. The Arthritis Walk is the signature event for the Arthritis Foundation.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.