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Posted on: May 9, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford celebrates 95th anniversary on "The Insider"

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Gordon B. Ferguson, president and CEO of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford, is featured in the latest edition of “The Insider,’ the City’s official podcast. 


The hospital is celebrating its 95th year of serving Rutherford County with plans for a new cardiac surgery program and neighborhood hospital, Westlawn, west of I-24. Ascension Saint Thomas hosted a celebration Monday, May 2, 2022, to commemorate 95-years of serving the people of Murfreesboro and surrounding communities. Community leaders attended the event, including some associated with its early days and beginnings of the new hospital. 


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This edition of Insider features: 


  • The history of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford in Middle Tennessee from its humble beginnings officially opened May 2, 1927, through a $162,000 grant from the Commonwealth Fund of New York. 
  • The first baby born at the hospital on Bell and University streets was Mary Alice Robinson Richmond, on May 22, 1927. 
  • In 2010, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford relocated to the larger facilities at 100 Medical Center Parkway. 
  • The new $5.6 million cardiac surgery program at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford with surgeons and staff being hired for the facilities, starting in early 2023.  
  • The new 2-story Westlawn neighborhood hospital under construction in the Blackman area as a satellite of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford. 
  • Updating plans for a new Level 2 Trauma Program at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford.  
  • Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford’s life-saving stroke intervention, thrombectomy.    


For more information on Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford, visit

This latest edition of “The Insider” is available via Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcast and “Amazon Music/Audible.”  Podcasts can be accessed on the City of Murfreesboro’s website. Just click the “Podcast” link on the bottom of the homepage under “Connect With Us” then click the latest episode or listen to previous episodes.


“The Insider,” hosted by Mike Browning, originates from City Hall, and is produced by award-winning producer Michael Nevills. 


Murfreesboro CityTV can be found on Comcast Channel 3 and 1094, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, YouTube, Facebook and the City website


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