Lifepoint Health and Ascension Saint Thomas Partner to Advance Healthcare for Middle Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ~ Lifepoint Health and Ascension Saint Thomas have announced a joint venture to expand access to high quality care and services in Northern Middle Tennessee. The partnership will see the two organizations jointly own Highpoint Health System, a regional health system owned by Lifepoint Health that includes Sumner Regional Medical Center and Sumner Station in Gallatin, Trousdale Medical Center in Hartsville, Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage and more than 15 affiliated clinics and sites of care.

David Dill, chairman and chief executive officer of Lifepoint Health, said: "Today is an exciting day for our company and for our communities in Middle Tennessee. We have long respected Ascension Saint Thomas for its commitment to excellent quality, innovation, and partnership in improving the lives of patients. By working together, we can do even more to advance the health and well-being of our friends and neighbors here."

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Fahad Tahir, president and chief executive officer of Ascension Saint Thomas added: "Lifepoint is a strong and trusted partner, and we share a commitment of making communities healthier. The positive impact we can make together to build and expand our clinical programs will have a multiplying effect for the health of our region and the communities we serve."

The hospitals included in the joint venture will be co-branded with Ascension Saint Thomas while being majority-owned by Lifepoint Health. Rod Harkleroad, market president of Highpoint Health as well as chief executive officer of Highpoint Health – Sumner said: "We are proud of all we have accomplished here in Gallatin and beyond, and we know we can do even more by working with an outstanding partner like Ascension Saint Thomas. We are looking forward to rolling up our sleeves together to tackle some of the most pressing healthcare issues we face in this region, including growing our specialist base and services."

No significant changes are anticipated for employees as each hospital's current leadership team remains in place. Moving forward, the Highpoint hospitals will adopt the names Highpoint Health – Sumner, Highpoint Health – Trousdale, and Highpoint Health – Riverview respectively.
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