Accessible & exceptional care


Over our 38-year history we have raised over 100 million dollars in support of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospitals and Outpatient Centers.

We embrace the philosophy and mission of healing and service to those who are struggling and the patients, families and communities served by our ministry.

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Each day, we embrace our role ensuring the best care is available through a health care system that is both accessible and exceptional.

Our experienced team is deeply dedicated to Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation’s mission of providing hope, healing and service to those who are struggling in communities throughout Rutherford County.

Foundation Board Members

  • Mr. Gordon B. Ferguson

    President and CEO, Ascension St.Thomas Rutherford

  • Mr. Scott Furniss

    Chief Financial Officer, Ascension St.Thomas Rutherford

  • Mr. Dan Thompson

    VP Foundation Development, Ascension Saint Thomas Health

  • Mrs. Patty Marschel

    Executive, Bob Parks Realty

  • Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Rucker

    Exec Comm. Liaison, Community Volunteer

  • Shemeka Majors

    Finance, Ascension St.Thomas Rutherford

  • Sydney Boerner

    Ascension St.Thomas Rutherford

  • Mrs. Vicki Eastham

    Trustees Chair, Project Mngr, Campus Planning MTSU

  • Mrs. Caroline Lampley

    Trustees, Genentech, Clinical Specialist

  • Mrs. Joyce Taylor

    Trustees, Community Volunteer

  • Mr. Mike Ussery

    Trustees, COO and President, NHC, Inc

  • Mrs. Ashley Holloway

    Trustees Secretary, Owner of Holloway Accounting

  • Mr. David LaRoche

    Grants Chair, Attorney, LaRoche Law Office

  • Mr. Dave Davis

    Grants, Retired AZZ Nuclear, Sales Manager

  • Dr. Suresh Saraswat

    Grants, Cardiologist

  • Mr. David Jones

    Grants, Investor

  • Dr. Libby Long

    Grants, Pediatrician

  • Mrs. Jamie Jackson

    R S Gala Chair, Community Volunteer

  • Mr. Ben Parsley

    Development Chair, Waldron, Fann & Parsley Attorneys

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Allen

    Development, eAllen Boutique Owner

  • Dr. Matt Layman

    Development, Radiologist

  • Mrs. Emily Hunton

    Development, Parks Real Estate

  • Dr. Patrick Clark

    Development, Murfreesboro Anesthesia

  • Mrs. Shannon Parsons

    Development, Woodfin Funeral Chapels

  • Mrs. Mary Elam Polk

    Development, Volunteer

  • Mr. Newton Molloy

    All Committees, Retired

  • Mrs. Debbie Cope

    Community Volunteer

  • Mrs. Lady Hamilton

    Nurse Practitioner - MTSU

  • Dr. Dennis Carter

    Family Medicine-Family Health Assoc.

  • Dr. Arundati Ramesh

    Internal Medicine/Geriatrics, MMC

  • Jeff Younginer

    VP of Manufacturing for Nissan Smyrna

  • Jimmy Wheeler

    Financial Advisor Edward Jones

Ambassadors Committee Members

  • Suzanne Slayton

    Ambassador President

  • Kristin Taylor

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Carmon Greenberg

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Dawn White

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Joyce Taylor

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Ann Elizabeth Rucker

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Rebecca Provo

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Beth Cope

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Aimee Hoover

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Pam Jones

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Libby Long

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Sarah Murfree

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Maggie Parsley

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Anita Pirtle

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Amelia Bozeman

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Debbie Caldwell

    Ambassadors Committee Member

  • Carrie Beth Catron

    Ambassadors Committee Member

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Our Mission Statement

Three Pillars of the Foundation

Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.

Our Three Pillars

Compassion for Struggling Patients

The Foundation offers an extra measure of support to patients who are struggling financially providing essential needs allowing them to heal properly and with dignity. Once a patient in need leaves one of our medical facilities, they do not leave our care.

Healing at Home:
The Foundation offers direct assistance to patients with urgent needs not covered by health insurance or for those with no insurance at all.  Once identified by a Saint Thomas Rutherford social worker, the Foundation aids patients in healing at home through medical equipment (from walkers to personal heart defibrillators), dental care or IV antibiotics.

Dispensary of Hope:
Ensuring all patients have the medicines they need is vital to our mission. Donations to Dispensary of Hope provide medications for thousands of underinsured or uninsured patients each year.

Family Care Centers:
The Saint Thomas Rutherford health clinics serve as the medical home for thousands of low-income and uninsured patients and families.  The Foundation offsets the cost of preventative and ongoing care to those served by these centers.

Commitment to Superb Patient Care

All persons deserve the best care available delivered through a health care system that is both accessible and exceptional.

Expanded Access to Care:
The Foundation funds efforts that expand Ascension Saint Thomas Health’s reach to serve the underserved. Whether it’s programs like Our Mission in Motion mobile mammography unit or support for our smallest of patients, the Foundation champions causes which provide access and care for all.

Patient Care Facilities & Centers of Excellence:
Foundation donors make a remarkable impact on facilities and equipment elevating care for all patients.  From the improvement of patient waiting areas to the expansion of vital care service lines, philanthropic support uplifts the Saint Thomas patient experience.

Courageous Innovation:
Working with medical staff, the Foundation assists with the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to provide superb care.  Often championing advancements that are newly available, the Foundation invests in items such as telemedicine equipment or cutting edge programs that improve patient outcomes.

Consideration for Saint Thomas Caregivers

Largely through the annual Associate Giving Fundraising Campaign, the Foundation stems the needs of those who work for our ministry; improving their lives and helping them realize their full potential as an individual and a caregiver.

Emergency Assistance:
When a Saint Thomas Rutherford employee is faced with a crisis like a spouse’s job loss, sudden illness or other traumatic disrupter of life, the Foundation assists with basic needs like groceries, gas and utilities.

Donor support allows the Foundation to provide scholarships to help associates aspiring for a first or even a higher level degree in healthcare.

The Foundation assists associates who desire to learn a new skill or expand their expertise in their field beyond what is expected by underwriting professional conferences and workshops to grow our people and improve the patient experience.

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100% of every donation to the Foundation goes directly to our programs.