People and Places

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Begins Construction on Clinical Decision Unit

Saint Thomas Health hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction on a Clinical Decision Unit as part of a larger expansion plan for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital plans to build a Clinical Decision Unit adjacent to the existing emergency department, at a project cost of $8.3 million. The 25-bed facility is designed for patients staying less than 24 hours. The additional capacity for the patient population is intended to streamline patient flow and improve experience for all areas of the hospital, including the emergency room.

“As Rutherford County and the surrounding communities continue to grow, we must work smarter and more efficiently to care for a growing patient population,” says Gordon Ferguson, CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, president of Saint Thomas Regional Hospitals. “The Clinical Decision Unit will allow us to care for patients at the most appropriate site and provide space for additional testing to determine the patients’ needs in a more cost-effective manner.”
The project includes an expansion facility of 9,566 square feet. The construction is projected to be completed by summer 2018.

“I’m incredibly proud of the quality of care Dr. David Sellers and his staff continue to provide at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and we look forward to opening the Clinical Decision Unit under his clinical leadership,” says Ferguson.

The Clinical Decision Unit and other planned expansions at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital are part of Saint Thomas Health’s broader strategy to meet the needs of patients where they live and work. This lower-cost, high-quality care strategy aims to keep populations healthy and out of the hospital when possible.

City of Murfreesboro Continues Status as Valley Sustainable Gold Community


The City of Murfreesboro, which was first designated in the Valley Sustainable Communities Program at the Gold level in 2014, has maintained its status in the program for an additional three years.

The goal of the program is to document a community’s assets and increase the likelihood that they will be viewed as progressive and competitive by companies looking to invest in new or expanded locations.

In order to continue to support the integrity of the Valley Sustainable Communities Program long term, the program was established so that the qualification for each community would be designated for a period of three years. At that point, a designation renewal process is initiated to re-designate the community under the program.

The designation renewal process is focused on reviewing all programs that were part of the Sustainable Inventory previously developed and scored, and ensuring that all such programs are still in place and eligible for continued points designation. This process resulted in an updated Sustainable Inventory and Marketing Messages for Murfreesboro and its designation as a Gold community for the next three years.

“This program has taken Murfreesboro’s economic development marketing efforts to prospective and existing sustainably-focused companies to a whole new level,” said Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. “We are excited to be designated at the Gold level for an additional three years.”

“Murfreesboro’s continued designation at the Gold level recognizes that it has community-wide sustainability initiatives in place, with programs available to support the existing business community and promote economic development,” said Del Boyette, President/CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors.

‘Start It Up’ Save the date: A ‘Shark’ and e-magician highlight Oct. 27


A star on ABC TV’s hit reality show “Shark Tank” and a young entrepreneur who launched a successful online magician’s training platform will be the keynote speakers for an Oct. 27 business conference hosted by the MTSU Jones College of Business.

The “Start It Up” conference will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. The conference targets business leaders and entrepreneurs in the Midstate marketplace looking for personal and professional development and a more passionate approach to their careers.

Featured speakers for the event are Daymond John, the self-made multimillionaire CEO of the FUBU fashion brand and now a regular on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and Vinh Giang, co-creator of the successful online platform Encyclopedia of Magic.

“This will be an exciting, informative, engaging, can’t miss event. Anyone looking to start or supercharge a business will benefit greatly from attending,” said Dr. David Urban, dean of the Jones College.

Cost to attend the conference is $49.95 per person, with registration available by going to and following the registration link. Registration deadline is Oct. 23.

Judy Garland and Oaklands Mansion


On Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 2:00p.m. Oaklands will host celebrated author Michelle Russell as she discusses her two-part series: From Tennessee To Oz: The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland’s Family. This event will be held in the Front Parlor of Oaklands Mansion, home to the Darrow Family from 1884-1912.

From Tennessee to Oz is the fascinating story of Judy Garland’s paternal ancestry. Her father, Frank Gumm, was a fifth generation Tennessean, a descendant of pioneers who braved the wilderness to help create the state of Tennessee. Book 1 (1793 -1870) tells of rugged pioneers, Native Americans, ministers of God, the Civil War and a Gum ancestor with a voice so big is said he could be heard two miles away!

Russell will focus on East Main Street life and the surprising romance of Garland’s grandparents, the beautiful, disabled Clemmie Baugh and the handsome Will Gum – a marriage which quickly evolves to a darkly suspenseful tale. Due to the historical information author Michelle Russell was able to uncover, “From Tennessee to Oz” often reads more like a novel than a history book. Attendees will learn of the hard times Judy Garland’s father, Frank Gum, experienced as a child, and the surprising and generous gift he received from George Darrow, a gift which changed his life and the future of the Gum family. This is an unforgettable book about the ancestors and young life of one of our greatest entertainers, Judy Garland. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.  

“Few people know the connection between Judy Garland and Oaklands. Here is your opportunity to learn what brought these Rutherford County families together. And what a better place to find out, than in the very house they once occupied.”- James Manning, Executive Director of Oaklands Mansion

In addition to hearing about Russell’s research and writing, guests will enjoy Oaklands staff members sharing with them what the Darrow years were like at Oaklands Mansion, known then as Oak Manor.

American Heart Association’s Annual Rutherford Heart Walk Exceeds Goal

The annual Rutherford County Healthy For Good Heart Walk, held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN, raised $150,000 to date, exceeding the goal of $135,000. The community event raised heart rates and funds for the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital was recognized as the organization who raised the most funds for the event while encouraging “heartwalking” and healthier lives. Prior to the start of the walk, attendees of the Rutherford Heart Walk experienced family friendly activities, fun fitness demonstrations, and an exciting Kids Zone complete with a bubble wrap stomping station. Additionally, “heartwalkers” learned life-saving Hands Only CPR and even got their blood pressure checked.

Rutherford’s Healthy For Good™ Heart Walk, sponsored by Saint Thomas Heart Rutherford Hospital and TrustPoint Hospital, is part of The American Heart Association’s Healthy For GoodTM movement which encourages Americans to lead healthier lives by delivering science-based recommendations, tools, tips and motivation to build healthier behaviors. Healthy For Good comes to life each year in 300 American cities when it is celebrated at the Healthy For Good Heart Walk.

National Riding Championship comes to Murfreesboro

The National Academy Championship Horse Show is one like no other. This is the only 3-day, 3-judge academy show in the nation. Riders from all over the country join us each year in the spirit of competition and to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They are excited about this year’s competition making it the biggest and best yet!!

The Academy is excited to be getting the community of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County involved. Admission is free. Show times are Friday 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM.

Doors Of Hope Receives Grant From Department Of Justice


Local nonprofit Doors of Hope is pleased to announce it has received a federal grant from the Department of Justice. This grant was established to aid state and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations in implementing effective criminal justice improvement projects. Maridel Williams, CEO, states the 3-year grant will help fund the work they are doing at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center (RCADC).

Dr. Kelly Davis And Dr. Tobey Schultz Join Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital In Murfreesboro

Kelly Davis, M.D. has joined Saint Thomas Heart – Rutherford at 1840 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro and Tobey Schultz, D.O. has joined Saint Thomas Medical Partners – New Salem Care Center at 2723 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro.  

Dr. Davis is an interventional cardiologist and is board certified in internal medicine and internal medicine, cardiovascular disease.  She is a Nashville native and received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville followed by her residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Davis completed fellowships in both interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She co-authored multiple academic articles.  Dr. Davis and husband reside in Murfreesboro with their two daughters and enjoys reading, ballet, tap and jazz dancing, watching football and roller-skating.

Dr. Schultz, Family Medicine, is board certified in family medicine. She is a Murfreesboro native and was born at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, now Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.. She attended Middle Tennessee State University in her undergrad studies and while there played NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer.  Dr. Schultz holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from MTSU in chemistry and mass communications.  She received her osteopathic degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Harrogate, Tenn.  She completed her family medicine residency at Lewis Gale Hospital Montgomery Graduate Medical Program in Blacksburg, Va., where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Schultz is excited to return to Murfreesboro near family and friends.

“We are exceedingly proud to welcome these two physicians to our toMurfreesboro as well as our regional communities we serve,” said Gordon Ferguson, President & CEO Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. “These additions represent expansion of our primary care and cardiac services teams.”

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at ClearPath Outpatient Behavioral Health


ClearPath Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic in Murfreesboro is pleased to announce Dr. Anand Patel, M.D. to our team. Dr. Patel specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Patel completed his General Psychiatry Residency and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  During his Residency Training, he also served as the Moonlighting Chief of the Residency Program.  He completed medical school at St. Mathews University School of Medicine in the Grand Cayman Islands.  His Masters of Business Administration degree was earned from Davenport University School of Business in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Teaching, volunteering and giving back to his community are important to Dr. Patel.  His background has included teaching Residents and Medical Students at the University of Florida, working in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and being a volunteer in the AmeriCorps organization as a 5th Grade Teacher and After School Coordinator.

Dr. Patel will begin seeing patients at the ClearPath Behavioral Health Clinic in October.