Saint Thomas Midtown and Rutherford Hospitals Named "Best For Babies"



Ascension Saint Thomas is pleased to recognize Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospitals as a recipient of the Tennessee Department of Health’s 2019 “BEST for Babies” award.

“We will never take for granted the immense privilege of bringing new life into this world,” said Kristen Toth, Vice President of Women’s, Children’s, and Oncology Services, Ascension Saint Thomas. “This award is both an honor and a validation of the hard work invested by our team at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.”

The “BEST for Babies” award was created in 2016 as an extension of the state’s ongoing partnership with birthing hospitals to reduce infant mortality rates and improve the health of Tennessee’s newborns. Facilities are selected based on year-to-year success in increasing breastfeeding initiation rates, minimizing instances of premature delivery, and promoting healthy sleep practices for babies. The acronym “BEST” stands for “breast-feeding initiation, early elective delivery elimination, safe sleep education, and modeling for Tennessee babies.” Awardees must meet rigorous benchmarks in each area.

"Saint Thomas Rutherford is thrilled to receive this commendation from the Tennessee Department of Health,” said Gordon Ferguson, President and CEO, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. “Our team of experts works around the clock to provide high-caliber care for the babies and parents of Middle Tennessee.”

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