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TriStar Centennial CEO Announces Retirement

August 02, 2012

Thomas Herron, FACHE, to retire in December after 44 years in healthcare industry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 2, 2012) TriStar Centennial CEO Thomas Herron, FACHE, will retire from TriStar Health and HCA after 44 years of service in the healthcare industry.

“I have planned for this day since I began my career in healthcare 44 years ago,” said Herron. “I’m thankful and blessed that I am able to retire after a rewarding career working with the best medical professionals and support personnel that our industry has to offer.”

Since assuming the role of CEO at TriStar Centennial in 2006, Herron has overseen and led his team through a major expansion of the medical center’s services while upgrading its facilities.

TriStar Centennial enhancements under Herron’s leadership include 71 new licensed beds, renovation of the TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, expansion of the women’s and children’s service lines at the recently renamed TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital, and opening of Middle Tennessee’s leading Heart & Vascular Center. TriStar Ashland City, located just north of Nashville, achieved accreditation by The Joint Commission and construction is underway on the long-awaited TriStar ER in Spring Hill, Tenn., just south of Nashville.

“Tom has also built and led a team that includes a medical staff with world-renowned physicians, highly trained medical professionals, and dedicated support staff that continue making TriStar Centennial a leader in our industry,” said Steve Corbeil, president of TriStar Health. “He leads by example and fosters an environment of compassionate and quality care focusing on the entire patient experience.”

TriStar Centennial received numerous service and quality accolades under Herron’s leadership, including being ranked second among HCA facilities for patient satisfaction and being named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters three times.

“Leading our talented, compassionate, and world-class team has absolutely been the highlight of my career,” Herron said. “I couldn’t have asked for a more challenging and rewarding position for the last seven years of my career.”

Corbeil said that a search is underway to find the right person to step in and lead TriStar Centennial to continue the great work that Herron and other leaders at the hospital have started.

“I have no doubt that Tom has enhanced the legacy of TriStar Centennial and has inspired the next generation of healthcare professionals he has worked with throughout his career,” said Corbeil.

Herron will retire on December 31, 2012. He and his wife plan to retire in the Nashville area.

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.

TriStar Centennial facility-specific milestones under Thomas Herron’s leadership:

TriStar Centennial

Multiple and simultaneous renovations and expansions have been underway around campus over the last seven years.

A new six-story, 148,000-square-foot medical office building, located on the TriStar Centennial campus at the corner of 23rd Avenue between Murphy and Leslie Avenues, opened in 2012. This MOB is connected to the hospital and provided greatly needed physician and department office space.

Expansion of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical program and other technology investments made more minimally invasive surgical options available for patients.

TriStar Centennial became a Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2010 and further enhanced neuroscience services by opening a new dedicated 8-bed neuroscience ICU, implementing telemedicine, and supporting the TriStar Stroke network.

TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center

TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center opened in 2012. It is Middle Tennessee’s newest, largest, most technologically advanced, and complete heart program and facility. The center was designed to connect specialists, technology, and patient care in a single, integrated location. An innovative layout allows patients to undergo testing, diagnostics, and procedures all in one place and fosters an environment for leading heart specialists to share best practices. This environment allows multi-specialty heart teams to consult on patient care. The 200,000-square-foot facility includes a dedicated entrance, 2,000-square-foot family waiting area, a hybrid operating room, electrophysiology labs, catheterization labs, an endovascular lab, cardiovascular operating rooms with streaming video integration for real-time consultation and education, private recovery rooms, cardiovascular intensive care unit, cardiovascular care unit, stress echocardiogram (ECHO) rooms, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) rooms, and a central pharmacy.

TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital

The Women’s Hospital at Centennial was renamed TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital to more accurately reflect the expanded women’s and children’s services available at the facility in 2012. Over several years, the NICU capacity was increased by 20 beds, Middle Tennessee’s only OB/GYN Emergency Department was renovated and relocated, and the facility added pediatric services for children up to age 18. In 2010, Herron was also instrumental in the hospital’s renovation efforts following the devastating Nashville flood.

TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center

Expansion and renovation of the TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center was completed in 2010. The new 200,000-square-foot building centralized all the resources needed for diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare in a single building, creating an environment to better serve patients during their cancer journey. The center grew by four operating rooms, pre-operative and recovery space, a new laboratory and pharmacy, and a new lobby. New units in the center include bone marrow transplantation, hematological malignancy, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology. In addition, patients have access to clinical trials through the center’s partnership with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI). New technologies available in the center include the daVinci Si surgical robot, Middle Tennessee’s first and only CyberKnife stereotactic radio therapy unit, breast MRI, and Middle’s Tennessee’s first and only Tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) imaging system.

TriStar Parthenon Pavilion

TriStar Parthenon Pavilion celebrated 40 years as the oldest and largest private psychiatric hospital in Middle Tennessee in 2011. Telemedicine was implemented at TriStar Parthenon Pavilion to provide quicker access to behavioral health assessments by a physician 24/7.

TriStar Ashland City

TriStar Ashland City received its own license from The Joint Commission, increased inpatient bed capacity by four, underwent a facility renovation, and added hospitalist and general surgical services. TriStar Ashland City celebrated its 25th Anniversary as Cheatham County’s only hospital in 2012.

TriStar ER at Spring Hill

Construction began on TriStar ER at Spring Hill in 2012. The stand-alone emergency department will provide 24-hour emergency services from board-certified emergency medicine physicians. Services will include emergency diagnostic and treatment services, a comprehensive laboratory, and state-of-the-art imaging capabilities. A helipad will also be installed to help expedite patient transfer should they need a higher level of care. The emergency room will occupy the first floor of a three-story, nearly 50,000-square-foot medical office building on a 125-acre campus. The facility is expected to open the beginning of 2013.


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