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Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown unveils new tower in Nashville, TN

Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown's lobby in the new tower.

A view of the lobby.

Photo via Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown

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There’s a new tower in town. We’re referring to Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown’s shiny new addition — the 250,000-sqft, four-floor Surgery and Critical Care Tower.

The development, part of a $300 million campus renovation, replaced what used to be the West Building and the Saint Thomas Education Center. Construction began in August 2020 and the first phase, the Ascension Saint Thomas Rehabilitation Hospital, opened in June.

Project background

If you’re unfamiliar with this $300 million investment project, allow us to lay the details out on the examination table. The renovation coined the “Midtown Modernization Project” includes the changes outlined above + the expansion of specialty programs, a new medical office building, a revamp of building exteriors, and a new spine institute with specialized surgical suites.

Tell me about the tower

The new building begins accepting patients Mon., Oct. 10 and adds 36 intensive care unit beds, 18 operating rooms, and 63 post-anesthesia care unit beds to the campus. The Innovation and Learning Center will also allow live-streaming from operating rooms for collaboration between hospital campuses.


In 2021, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown and the Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation partnered with Root Nashville to plant 100 trees on the Midtown campus, paying homage to the hospital’s 100-year history. The trees are expected to prevent ~1,932 gallons of stormwater runoff, store 3,003 pounds of carbon, and remove seven pounds of air pollutants annually.

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