Saint Thomas Health Foundation
4220 Harding Road
Nashville TN 37205
Health care workers
Mission Statement
The Saint Thomas Health Foundations advance the caring ministry and medical excellence of Saint Thomas Health by raising funds to ensure everyone in our community has access to the highest quality of care. Contributions to the Foundation support direct care of the poor and uninsured, the development of facilities, patient care innovations, clinical research, scholarships and continuing education opportunities. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dan Thompson
Board Chair Ms. Ann Harris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
St. Thomas Health Services Fund
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $3,775,525.00
Projected Annual Revenue $3,451,622.00 (2018)
Mission The Saint Thomas Health Foundations advance the caring ministry and medical excellence of Saint Thomas Health by raising funds to ensure everyone in our community has access to the highest quality of care. Contributions to the Foundation support direct care of the poor and uninsured, the development of facilities, patient care innovations, clinical research, scholarships and continuing education opportunities. 

Saint Thomas Health (STHe) is a family of Middle Tennessee hospitals united by a single mission: to provide spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of the communities we serve. STHe includes Saint Thomas Hospital West, Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown, Saint Thomas Hospital Rutherford and Saint Thomas Hospital Hickman. Saint Thomas Health has received numerous distinctions, including:

  • Ranked by HealthGrades as Nashville’s #1 heart program and ranked as best in Nashville for overall cardiac care. As noted by the content on Healthgrades site, America’s 100 best hospitals are in the top 2% in the nation for exhibiting clinical excellence for at least four consecutive years. Saint Thomas West is the only hospital in Tennessee to be named to the Top 100 list by HealthGrades
  • Saint Thomas Hospital West was named to the 100 Top Hospital list by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) and to the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by the same organization.
  • First in Tennessee to offer new outpatient therapy for heart failure patients.
  • Recognized by the Commission on Cancer with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
  • Saint Thomas West was named to the 100 Top Hospitals in the Teaching Hospitals category, an honor we have received 13 times! No other Middle Tennessee hospital was named in this category.
  • For the 6th year, received the distinguished Patient Safety Excellence Award for our ongoing efforts to prevent falls, medication errors and infections.
  • Ranked #1 in Tennessee for Treatment of Stroke.
Significant accomplishments in 2015 include:
  1. Provided $632,000 in funding for Saint Thomas Health’s community outreach initiatives supporting Middle Tennessee residents who are uninsured or under-insured with incomes at or below the Federal poverty level. Funding supported Our Mission in Motion providing screening mammography to women in 17 Middle Tennessee Counties and a Bilingual Patient Navigator for Saint Thomas Health Partner’s Holy Family Clinic located in South Nashville
  2. Funded projects to enhance the experience of Saint Thomas Health patients including the renovation of Saint Thomas Midtown’s Outpatient Infusion Center which serves more than 3,000 individuals annually. 
  3. Granted $350,000 to the Dispensary of Hope to connect surplus medications from manufacturers, distributors, and providers to clinics and pharmacies serving the poor and uninsured.
  4. Assisted 219 Saint Thomas Health Associates with continuing education opportunities to help advance medical standards and practice while increasing patient satisfaction and safety.

Our three most significant goals for the current year include:

  1. Redevelopment of our case for support.
  2. Development and diversification of the Saint Thomas Health Foundations Board to best represent the needs and capabilities of our community.
  3. Achievement of enhanced support for care of the poor and leading medical technology initiatives across the Saint Thomas Health system.

When envisioning Saint Thomas Health’s future endeavors, we keep close the understanding that our progress must be guided by the needs of our patients and their families. Our top needs are: 

1) Ensuring those who come to us in need receive spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves their health, and thus the health of the communities we serve. In just three years, the number of uninsured patients served by the Saint Thomas Family Health Centers has risen dramatically. To meet the growing need for primary care and specialty services, we are seeking support to maintain a network of coordinated clinics that will provide a comprehensive care system for those most in need.

2) The implementation of leading medical technology in all fields is a priority for Saint Thomas Health. The best technology available translates to the best patient care possible, which is particularly crucial for capital-intense clinical areas, such as orthopedics, transplant services, wound care, and obstetrics.

3) Continuing to expand the Dispensary of Hope program. Over the past eight years, the Dispensary has built an infrastructure that serves more than 25,000 patients. This unique, national initiative has the potential to serve thousands more. The Dispensary is seeking to upgrade facility and information systems to open up new streams of medication donations.

4) Expanding and transforming the core services at Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown and Saint Thomas Hospital West – including operating rooms, critical care units, surgical services and emergency departments – to optimize the physician, patient and family experience and to create an environment where the best practices in care can excel.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We save lives every day. You can too.

The Saint Thomas Health Foundation is happy to work with you when making a donation. You can donate online at our website, where giving is simple, convenient, secure and impactful! We are grateful to receive checks and in-kind donations. We also accept quality merchandise for our silent auctions at fundraising events.
No matter what the size, your generous support will help guide the future of healthcare in Middle Tennessee and ensure everyone has access to the highest quality of care from the most compassionate care givers.
Whether you want to support education and research, advocate for women's and children's services, or improve the quality of life for patients, 100% of every donation to the Foundation goes directly to our programs.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN - Franklin
TN - Cannon
TN - Dickson
TN - Sumner
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
TN - Cheatham
TN - Montgomery
TN - Rutherford
TN - Cannon
TN - White
TN - White
TN - Dekalb
Saint Thomas Health serves patients from Sixty-nine (69) counties within Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. Listed are just some of the counties that we serve.
Board Chair Statement The mission of the Saint Thomas Health Foundation is consistent with the overall mission of Saint Thomas Health (STHe). STHe is a broad, integrated hospital system stretching across Middle Tennessee where patients are treated with respect, dignity, and the highest standards of medicine. The core values of STHe create institutions with great reverence for those who need care – whether in an intensive care unit, emergency room, or hospice. Like all hospitals, STHe deals with the sick and dying on a daily basis. STHe's faith-based vision of care informs the way we instill hope in patients and offer compassion in the daily routines of medicine. This vision extends to every patient, regardless of circumstances, as we relieve the anxieties that come with illness and hospital stays. STHe believes its ability to support and comfort patients and families is as important as the world-class medical technologies it provides. Healing the sick and caring for those who cannot care for themselves is integral to the mission and vision of STHe and the Saint Thomas Health Foundation. For patients, doctors, nurses, volunteer caregivers, and members of our communities, we believe our special approach to health care makes a profound difference.
CEO Statement

The Saint Thomas Health Foundation exists to support Saint Thomas Health’s mission and passion for excellence in patient care. In these current economic times, care beyond the beside has become a higher priority for the Saint Thomas Health Foundations, as patients with dire health needs are also facing significant financial distress. When a physician calls our office because a patient simply cannot afford the care he needs, we can respond with immediate assistance. In addition, we can ensure this patient receives the further guidance and help by linking him with social workers and other community resources. Going over and beyond bedside care is a significant part of our healing ministry and is what makes the hospitals of Saint Thomas Health different. Through the Foundation, we match our mission with the interests of our donors, reaching out to patients and families, nurses and physicians to extend resources otherwise unavailable. It is an ideal model for healthcare: a partnership in which the hospital cares for the community, while the community cares for the hospital.


Saint Thomas Health organized three mission-at-home events, including one in each of the following counties: Davidson, Hickman, and Rutherford, each held within low-income areas. Volunteers from all of Saint Thomas Health entities participated, and community volunteer providers offered health screenings, referrals, consultations, dental care, eye exams, glasses, health education, and a health ministry presence to persons who otherwise have limited access to health care.

Population Served , ,

Saint Thomas Health operates 4 primary care clinics that provide nearly 50,000 patient encounters annually. The clinics are committed to delivering high-quality primary care to the uninsured and underinsured. Acute medical care is provided on the same day, and patients with chronic illnesses are seen routinely. The clinics utilize the services of the Dispensary of Hope to provide convenient access to free and reduced-cost medications. Social workers also help patients request free medications through the Patient Assistance Program Referral Services. The clinics work to ensure access to specialty services by linking patients to other resources. The South and West Clinics offer additional services: Clinica Nueva Vida - a comprehensive prenatal care program for uninsured, low income Hispanic women in Greater Nashville; and The Healthy Lifestyles Program - a program for adults with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes utilizing nutritional counseling, along with cooking and exercise classes.

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Description The Dispensary of Hope (DoH) is a licensed medication distributor.It recovers donated surplus medication from physician offices, hospital pharmacies, manufacturers, distributors, and other licensed healthcare providers. Medication is then distributed among a national network of safety-net organizations. The program mitigates the waste of unused and unexpired medicine while providing access to discounted or free prescription medicines for vulnerable populations. The DoH currently serves over 80 communities and 40,000 patients nationwide. All access sites are not-for-profit facilities, licensed to dispense medications. The Dispensary of Hope offers two programs in which access sites can participate. Annually, the Dispensary of Hope distributes $15,000,000 worth of medications through the Instant Access program and $125,000 worth of diabetic supplies.
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Saint Thomas Health is a founding partner and primary supporter of Camp Bluebird and draws volunteers from Saint Thomas Health, the community and other community hospitals. Camp Bluebird was the first camp in the Middle Tennessee area designed for adult cancer patients. For three days and two nights volunteers provide adult campers with education, support and encouragement in living life after a cancer diagnosis. Camp is held each Spring and Fall with an average of 100 to 110 cancer patients participating each year.

Budget 95000
Population Served Adults, Other Named Groups,


Our Mission in Motion the mobile mammography outreach program is designed to increase access to screening mammography in Middle Tennessee. The program provides screening mammograms in collaboration with local employers, communities, and safety net clinics, reducing the barrier of transportation and inability to afford time away from work. Screening mammograms are available to the uninsured. When indicated, Our Mission in Motion works with women to connect them to follow-up care. It is the goal of the program to improve the compliance rates for screening mammography, thus decreasing the late-stage detection of breast cancer for women in Middle Tennessee. Nearly 2,500 screening are performed annually, with an average of 300 women receiving their first mammogram.

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CEO Comments NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS While approximately 150 volunteers serve Saint Thomas Health Foundation, including Saint Thomas Hospital West and Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown Foundations, nearly 1,000+ volunteers serve Saint Thomas Health system wide.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Ann Harris
Company Affiliation Retired
Term June 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. Bryan Bell First Tennessee BankVoting
Mrs. Connie Bradley RetiredVoting
Mr. James Clayton InfoWorksVoting
Ms. Deborah Craig Deborah and C.A. Craig, II. Family FoundationVoting
Mrs. Carroll Crosslin Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Linda Cullers Saint Thomas Health VolunteerExofficio
Ms. Lisa Davis Voting
Ms. Johnnie Ruth Elrod Town Crier Gift ShopVoting
Dr. Connie Graves TN Maternal Fetal MedicineVoting
Ms. Ann C. Harris LP Building ProductgsVoting
Mr. Bob Higgins Barge Waggoner Sumner CannonVoting
Mr. Don King Saint Thomas Health SystemNonVoting
Ms. Patricia Kyger Community LeaderVoting
Ms. Beth Newell Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kathy Pohlid Esq.Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLCVoting
Dr. Ron Pruitt Nashville Gastrintestinal Specialist, Inc.Voting
Ms. Dawn Rudolph Saint Thomas HealthNonVoting
Mr. Doug Small Blue Dog MerchVoting
Mrs. Karen Springer Saint Thomas HealthNonVoting
Mr. Bryant Tirrill Truxton TrustVoting
Ms. Carol S. Titus Avenue BankVoting
Ms. Rosemary Walters Community LeaderVoting
Mr. Mike Yopp Waller LAnsden Dortch & DavisVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 96%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 4%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Robert (Bob) Higgins
Company Affiliation Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.
Term June 2016 to June 2018
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Distributions / Grant Making
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Boiler & Machinery
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment & Software
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employment Practices Liability
Fine Arts & Collectibles
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage & Professional Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Dan Thompson
Term Start Oct 2015

Thompson began his career as a business development consultant for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.  In this role, he worked extensively with elected officials and economic development professionals across the state. Later, Thompson served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Business Roundtable where he managed all aspects of the statewide business association comprised of chief executives of Tennessee’s most prominent businesses.  He then became Statewide Finance Director for Tennesseans for Senator Thompson before establishing a consulting practice, Dan Thompson Associates, serving as fundraising counsel to national nonprofits, conducting assessment studies, implementing fundraising plans and providing oversight and management of campaign activities.


Immediately prior to coming to Saint Thomas he was at Belmont University.  There he created a cohesive campaign plan and managed a significant portion of the capital and endowment fundraising   during the fastest and broadest expansion period in the university’s history.

 Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. at Belmont University.


Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 86%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)1985
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy1995
Center for Nonprofit Management CEO Network2017
Commendation on Jobs In Healthcare ProgramU.S. Dept. of Labor1999
Community Impact AwardUnited Way2014
Pillar AwardUnited Way2015
Innovcation AwardUnited Way2015
Circle of Honor AwardUnited Way2015
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $3,451,622.00
Projected Expenses $3,775,525.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$4,883,037$7,691,234$14,724,790
Total Expenses$3,331,307$3,346,952$5,845,711
Revenue Less Expenses$1,551,730$4,344,282$8,879,079
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$190,150$577,486
Individual Contributions$2,255,179$2,665,005$5,443,389
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,113,152$36,659,835$8,723,915
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$413,527$228,389$0
Revenue In-Kind$13,735$33,391$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,572,797$2,550,499$4,794,403
Administration Expense$338,510$357,917$359,152
Fundraising Expense$420,000$438,536$692,156
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.472.302.52
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%76%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%14%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$54,349,197$56,122,783$54,874,873
Current Assets$2,056,406$2,801,820$10,884,931
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$131,693
Current Liabilities$1,795,422$788,868$1,548,246
Total Net Assets$52,553,775$55,333,915$53,194,934
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.153.557.03
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $2,255,179Investment Income $36,659,835Investment Income $8,723,915
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $1,113,152Contributions, Gifts and Grants $2,665,005Individual Contributions $2,455,489
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $1,087,444Other Revenue $914,464Grants and Awards $577,486
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitation permit Financial Comments Beginning in 2015, the audit was completed on a corporate level, so financial figures are taken from the 990, which only covers the Foundation.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 6/5/17.
Nonprofit Saint Thomas Health Foundation
Address 4220 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
Primary Phone (615) 222-6800
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dan Thompson
Board Chair Ms. Ann Harris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
St. Thomas Health Services Fund

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