Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford held a blessing ceremony earlier this month to celebrate the opening of its new Perioperative Medicine Clinic on the first floor of the hospital.
The clinic will offer general medical clearances for scheduled surgical orthopedic and spine patients, in addition to post-intervention medical care for those patients.
“We are pleased to offer a clinic in Rutherford County dedicated to providing a comprehensive experience for the spine surgery or joint replacement surgery patients,” said Thomas Roddy, chief operating officer, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford. “Upon a patient’s completion of their visit, they should feel confident and at ease about their upcoming surgical experience.”
In addition to Roddy, others in attendance were Gordon Ferguson, president and CEO of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford; hospital chaplain Keith Travis; and Father Calin Tamiian, Ascension Saint Thomas director for Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education, who blessed and anointed the clinic with holy water.
“We believe there is no better way to celebrate the promise and healing that these facilities will bring to our community than with a blessing,” Ferguson said. “When all aspects of care are aligned, it makes it more convenient for patients to get the care they need better and faster.”
The ceremony marked the completion of the $640,000 investment to redesign and remodel the new clinic area.