Partnership will include full-time invasive Saint Thomas Heart cardiologist

CUTLINE – Pictured are Dr. Lundberg, General Surgeon; Dr. Whitby, HCMC Board of Trustees Chair; Lisa Casteel, HCMC CEO; Michelle Robertson, Chief Operating Officer of Saint Thomas Health, and Dr. Gibson, Cardiology with Saint Thomas Heart during a recent video shoot to announce the partnership.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (December 7, 2018)Today, Saint Thomas Health publicly announced a partnership with Henry County Medical Center (HCMC) to expand clinical coverage and provide additional cardiac services in Paris, Tennessee. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the world’s largest Catholic health system and largest non-profit health system in the country.

The partnership will include the recruitment of an invasive Saint Thomas Heart cardiologist to be stationed full-time at HCMC, who will serve alongside an advanced practitioner and rotating cardiology specialists. In addition, a catheterization laboratory will be established at HCMC, allowing for more cardiac diagnostic testing and heart interventions.

“Because of our strong commitment to this community, Saint Thomas Health is pleased to announce the continuation and enhancement of our partnership with Henry County Medical Center,” said Michelle Robertson, Chief Operating Officer of Saint Thomas Health. “We are committed to providing healthcare for patients close to home, and this partnership allows patients and physicians in Henry County to have greater connectivity to the advanced therapies within Saint Thomas Heart.”

Saint Thomas Health has provided cardiology services to the Henry County community for more than 15 years, and the expanded partnership will establish a joint comprehensive cardiology program that meets the needs of the Henry County community and surrounding regions. Saint Thomas Heart currently has five cardiologists and one advanced practitioner on the hospital’s medical staff that have offered consultant care throughout the week.

“I am elated to bring expanded heart care closer to the homes of our patients in collaboration with Saint Thomas Heart,” said Lisa Casteel, CEO of Henry County Medical Center. “The long-standing partnership and caliber of care means we will continue to provide our community with high quality care with a Saint Thomas Heart cardiologist who is in our community.”


HCMC is a progressive, integrated health care organization committed to serving the health care needs of Henry County and the adjoining region. Comprised of a 142-bed hospital, the 136-bed Henry County Healthcare Center (providing residential care and the Plumley Rehabilitation Unit), an Emergency Medical Service, an off-site Center for Wellness & Rehabilitation and a Home Health and Hospice service, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services as well as inpatient care, and serves Henry and the surrounding counties. Located in Paris, Tenn., the medical center provides affordable, high-quality, patient-centered care that respects the privacy, needs and dignity of everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. HCMC is a county-owned and operated, nonprofit institution affiliated with the Tennessee Hospital.


In Tennessee, Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates.  Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $127 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2018.  Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable.  Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia.